Why does my laptop shutdown when I move it?

Question

My Dell Inspiron 5150 is fine when it is on a table and does not move. When it is on my lap, it shuts down when I move it. I hear a slight click in front and then it completely shuts down. This has occured over the last week. It is now very sensitive, and it seems that movement causes it to shut down. A couple of times I have moved it to a different room and used it and it has not shut down. But most of the time movement causes it to shut down. When it shuts down, it won't boot up again, unless I remove the battery and unplug the AC then put the battery back into the laptop. Don't know if I should take it in to be looked at or start shopping for a new laptop. My Inspiron 5150 is only 1.5 years old. Does it sound like a problem with the mother board?

Answer

This question was answered on November 21, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You may have a loose connection internally that is causing a sudden dip or spike in voltage which causes your computer to loose power If you can, open up your laptop and check your connections.

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Posted by Nathan of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on November 21, 2005