Old Laptop Problems

  Demora 10:14 16 May 2006


When my other half turned on his laptop this morning it started the usual bootup sequence and then switched off. Windows XP Pro didn't get started properly. A few attempts and still nothing, won't even boot into safe mode.

The notebook in question doesn't have a built in cd or floppy drive. See link below.

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I'm wondering just what could have happened in the space of 36 hours since he last used it to check email and use a few web pages. it was shut down properly I'm told.

Any help and I'm sure he'd be grateful.



  Demora 10:16 16 May 2006

forgot this bit Oooops

Gateway Solo 3350 notebook pc.

  DieSse 11:29 16 May 2006

*I'm wondering just what could have happened*

A fault is what happened - most faults occur at switch off or switch on. It may be a software or a hardware issue.

Can you describe exactly where it switches off.

The first things to look for are fans/temperature problems, and in the case of a notebook, a faulty/discharged battery.

Try taking out the battery (first) - then removing the hard drive and RAM (usually very straightforward) - then refitting them, to clean-up any poor contacts.

It will be next to impossible to start testing without a floppy of CD drive attached

  Demora 11:56 16 May 2006

it cuts out at various stages of the boot sequence.

Sometimes I get past the POST and then onto the screen where I can select 'safe mode 'etc BUT now and again it gets to the WinXp screen with the scrolling dots. Then it switches off. Hence I get a message 'windows wasn't shut down properly.

I'll try the removal of battery/Hdd 7 memory etc.

BTW its normally left in the kitchen at the greatest distance from cooking on the kitchen table. So as DH can browse at breakfast. (BTW I won't allow any food drink near my pcs')



  Demora 13:18 16 May 2006

Many Thanks DieSse

A few pointers and it soon had me thinking...... After battery removal I noticed that one of the pins was bent. Must have been that because I soon straightened it and had it up and running in no time.

Thanks so much.


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