The labtop is getting old?

Question

My older Pentium II Sony VAIO laptop is running WIN98 SE with 192 MB RAM. It recently stopped working in that it shuts down all applications, the display, keyboard and mouse. The cooling fan remains running and the only way to restart it is to power down the laptop and power restart it. After approx. 1.5 minutes after it has restarted, it will shut down again. I am running on AC power, the battery is not being used. When I start the laptop in Safe Mode, it stays running for as long as I need until I manually shut it down or restart it.

I have formatted the hard drive and reloaded the laptop with the System Recovery CD’s several times. Even after a fresh reload from the System Recovery CD’s, with no new applications or programs loaded, the problem still persists. I have also accessed the BIOS to disable all power management functions and, while in Safe Mode, I have modified the power management controls in the Control Panel to the AC Power and Always On setting.

None of this has helped to resolve the problem.

What else can you advise me to try? (Obtaining updated system drivers is not the answer as the laptop has been loaded with exactly what it came with when I bought it originally.)

Thank you for your time...Dave

Answer

This question was answered on November 11, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The laptop is getting old the motherboard is starting to fray from the heat from that is built up inside the labtop The motherboard or other parts is about to gave way.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 11, 2003