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Old 02-21-2008, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I am at my wits end.. Hope someone can help!

I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop computer with Windows XP. Recently it started to freeze up and I had to restart it. Now its doing all the time.. I did a disk clean up, defrag, scan disk, CCleaner, and removed some files I didn't need. Well all that didn't help so I did a total reformat and it worked for awhile then it started doing it again. The only thing I have added back was Office 2007, added my printer through the network and installed yahoo messenger. It did tend to run warm and has overheated and shut down a few times. I had speen fan installed before and the average was about 100F

Does anyone have any ideas what could be causeing the computer to lock up?
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If you can get into the CMOS you can try memtest86+ for 4 hours min to test memory.
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Is that in the bios startup? if so I can there is a password and when I got the laptop from someone they couldn't remember it and it cost $75 to resest the password.
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no you download this program and use an iso burning program to make a bootable CD of it, pop the CD in, then restart your PC and it will run

Memtest86.com - Memory Diagnostic

use an ISO burning program, to make mine I used PowerISO evaluation version

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I forgot to mention the screen went black a couple of times too but the power was still on.
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if your screen goes black and your hard drive is still working it could be a video card issue, laptops are infamous for overheating.
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Nice to see a fellow Volunteer on here.

Can you give us the model number? By pulling the specs we may be able to help you out more.
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