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Old 01-26-2015, 02:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was working on my laptop last nite when all of a sudden it turned itself off. Now when I turn it on the screen is black and the laptop is on for 5 secs then turns itself off. While its on the fan works at full throttle which is weird.

I also tried swapping the harddrive with another one to see if its a harddrive issue. But its not. On rare occasions, when I reapplied thermal paste to the heat sink, the laptop would boot to the desktop. But again, this only works 2 out of 10 times.

I seriously need to get my laptop working. I hope you guys can help me.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Brand/model of the laptop?
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I was working on my laptop last nite when all of a sudden it turned itself off. Now when I turn it on the screen is black and the laptop is on for 5 secs then turns itself off. While its on the fan works at full throttle which is weird.

I also tried swapping the harddrive with another one to see if its a harddrive issue. But its not. On rare occasions, when I reapplied thermal paste to the heat sink, the laptop would boot to the desktop. But again, this only works 2 out of 10 times.

I seriously need to get my laptop working. I hope you guys can help me.
What recent changes have you made? how comes you have applied thermal paste 10 times?

When it switched off did you notice your laptop was very hot? and was it plugged in or running on battery?
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What recent changes have you made? how comes you have applied thermal paste 10 times?

When it switched off did you notice your laptop was very hot? and was it plugged in or running on battery?
I didnt make any changes. Who said I applied thermal paste 10 times? No, its not hot. It was plugged in.
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I didnt make any changes. Who said I applied thermal paste 10 times? No, its not hot. It was plugged in.
He thought that because you said 2 out of 10 times that method works for you.

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So it turns on for 5 seconds; does it shut down and reboot, shutdown, or continue to run with a black screen until you decide to turn it off?

I would hate to think that you have a bad mobo component or power issue. getting into the BIOS. Right when you turn it on just keep repeatedly hitting F2, DEL, or ESC until bios appears. I don't know what key you would hit because I don't know your model
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I didnt make any changes. Who said I applied thermal paste 10 times? No, its not hot. It was plugged in.
You didn't post the brand/model of the laptop... If it's one that's known to have this issue (several Compaq and HP's), then it's toast and not worth fixing.

We had a member here just a week or 2 ago post with a similar issue of his laptop shutting off and not turning back on similar to you, and it turned out be a known Compaq model that had issues with the motherboard and heat killing the board eventually.
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He thought that because you said 2 out of 10 times that method works for you.

So it turns on for 5 seconds; does it shut down and reboot, shutdown, or continue to run with a black screen until you decide to turn it off?
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I said turning it on worked 2 out of 10 times.

All it does is turn on for 5 secs then turns itself off.




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You didn't post the brand/model of the laptop... If it's one that's known to have this issue (several Compaq and HP's), then it's toast and not worth fixing.
Its a Gateway M210 laptop. Have owned it for 10 years. I bought a new motherboard for it 7 months ago from eBay. Maybe the motherboard gave up.
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I said turning it on worked 2 out of 10 times.

All it does is turn on for 5 secs then turns itself off.






Its a Gateway M210 laptop. Have owned it for 10 years. I bought a new motherboard for it 7 months ago from eBay. Maybe the motherboard gave up.
If you have a docking station or external sata cable and spare laptop/pc you could take out your hard drive and run tests to rule that out first.
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HDD wouldn't cause that IMO.

It's most likely either RAM or mobo - and since the mobo has already gone out once, and you replaced the mobo with one off of eBay...I'd probably point to that.

Does it attempt to stay on longer if you remove the battery/run only off of AC?
Have you tried only 1 stick of RAM at a time?
Any lights blink in a specific pattern to indicate a POST issue?
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I agree with Carnage on this one. It seems mobo related. BUT, I'm hoping it's just RAM lol
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