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Problems with laptop shutting down...

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by sarge, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. sarge

    sarge Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999
    90.44.1W 35.48.4N
    My son has a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop. He has had it for about 1.5 years, and it is used every day in college. In the last few weeks, it has started shutting down, like it is going to a sleep mode. The drive spins down, and the screen goes off. It can not be "woke up". You have to hold the power button down for about 5-6 seconds, then you hear the drive spin down and it shuts down. Then you can turn it back on a try again. There is no clue as to when it happens, Sometimes it is on for half a day, sometimes it does this before it ever boots completely up, or anywhere in between. I have run AdAware, and that doesn't help.

    Any ideas at all?? I hate to have to reload the program and he loses everything on the computer.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

    Oct 23, 2001
    HotLanta, GA
    1.5 years? Still have a Dell warranty? I would call them up and ask them or do a search on Google to see if this is a trend with this model laptop.

    Sounds like the processor is overheating. I wonder if the fan has died or has enough dust on the fan to keep it from spinning.

    My suggestion is to send it back to Dell so they can take a look at it.

    Be prepared to loose it for 6 weeks though.

  3. From Hey, I just got a Dell Inspiron 8600 after I returned the Inspiron 5150 I bought because of severe heat issues. That thing would burn my leg's after it had been running for a while, it was bad. I DO have to say I DO like my Inspiron 8600 a lot better than the 5150, which sported the 3.06Ghz Pentium 4-m. Personally, I DO NOT agree with Intel's scheme and how far behind they are and trying to push soooooo many Gigahertz to achieve something, why cant they kinda play along with AMD?, AMD is sporting it good right now with their Athlon-FX series chips. Personally, if you do get a laptop though, GET A DOTHAN PENTIUM-M!!!, this thing blazes and just because its only 1.6-2.0ghz now, dont mean its slow, trust me!!!, im amazed. Their enhanced branch prediction helps, their advanced stack management, etc. with this chip makes it amazing. It uses shorter pipelines than the Pentium-4 and its about 80% more efficient according to my benchmarks. Please dont make the mistake I made with Pentium 4-M, if you want Intel for a laptop's processor, PICK PENTIUM-M!!!!, not for the centrino, but for battery life and overall performance, this thing does NOT dissapoint me in gaming, enough said, make youre decision :)
    Posted by: chris at September 8, 2004 02:38 PM
  4. sarge

    sarge Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999
    90.44.1W 35.48.4N
    Thanks for the replies. Those symptoms look like what it is doing, the only problem is that sometimes it does this when it is first turned on. I know then that it is not overheated.

    I am going to try blowing the dust out of it, though. Heck, you never know... Stranger things have happened.