Did you blow out all the vent openings with canned air?

Question

I have a laptop which is behaving rather strangely. Whenever I'm doing something intensive i.e. converting files or copying from a CD to the HDD the computer just shuts itself down after 5-10 minutes?

Because it's a laptop I can't take it to bits and check the Fan so I'm a bit stuck.

Answer

This question was answered on December 5, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Laptop CPU fans come on when needed (when it gets REAL hot) It's possible that "something simple" doesn't run hard enough to "call" the fan, when you run something intensive, it may not calling the fan when you need it How much memory do you have? If not enough, hard disk use (virtual memory) may be overheating the hard drive and/or CPU Can you hear the fan running? Did you blow out all the vent openings with canned air? That might work.

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Posted by Jerry of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 5, 2004