Alas, poor Laptop!
July 19, 2006 10:15 AM Subscribe
My laptop has suddenly run into problems... That is, it seems to like turning itself off with no warning whatsoever.
posted by vernondalhart to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a Toshiba laptop (running Windows XP), about a year old (and thus past the warranty, for sure) and beginning yesterday it seems to want to just... shut off some times.
For the most part, my laptop is a desktop computer, but I brought it to school yesterday and after about 20 minutes or so, it spontaneously shut off. I turned it back on, it booted up, then the same thing.
It seems that if I leave it for a while it'll run... and I had it going for several hours later on where it was fine... but then late last night, the same problem cropped up. It's been plugged in most of the time, but I've tried it on battery (in case it was simply a power surge of some kind) and that didn't seem to help.
I can't really think of any common thread between any of the times that it's shut off (it didn't seem like it was overheating, no one was slapping it, there wasn't any particular processor intensive thing going on), and so I'm concerned that there's maybe something quite serious here. When it shuts off it makes the sound of a monitor shutting off (which is presumably the screen, I guess), and the whole thing just goes at once, no warning.
Any ideas? Is my laptop toast?