Laptop Probs

  swanny2 11:47 18 Feb 2006

hi there
my father has a Advent laptop.over the last week or so hes had probs with it.
when hes on the laptop for a while it just closes down .now he thought it was the mains lead as when he moved this it seemed too come on . So he bought a new lead cost hin £50. now hes still got the same problem.only this time it only comes on for a few mins.if not at all. Idont know anythin about pc.s so i thought id ask here.He told me that if he kinda tips it up,it sometimes comes on or messes with the lead at the back .he thought it might not be chargin!!But if he connects it via the mains lead,he shouldnt have this problem.should he?
anyway any help appreciated ty. hes got a advent laptop runnin xp the only number he gave me on the pc is.- n34058
ty all.
Swanny . :O)

  swanny2 17:40 18 Feb 2006

ty for reply but no the sockets ok, and the laptop is usually on his table on wood.:O),so it aint that .cheers.
Sometimes it stays on for a while ,but like now wont come on at all. :O(

ty .

  swanny2 09:07 19 Feb 2006

ta mate . But if he has it plugged into the Mains ,does it matter if the battery is charged or not?im not sure how they work,see just askin .because he was a bit annoyed it wasnt that after paying £50 for the mains lead .
cheers anyway.

Swanny .

  swanny2 23:36 20 Feb 2006

cheers how does he find out if the battery is no good.or i mean find out.
Swanny :O)

  swanny2 01:03 25 Feb 2006

my father has got back too me an gave me the number of the battery. un340s1 advent,now he tells me he charges the batrtery up an wen he starts it up,it can last form 30,ims too 4 hours.
Then it just all goes warning just shuts down.if it was a faulty battery,why would it last 30mins,then say 4 hours? weird ,ive no idea.hes even bought a new mains lead cost him £50 and its not that.agh well
ty all.
Swanny :O)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:43 25 Feb 2006

Batteris are weird things.

1. charge untill indicator shows 100% laptop runs off battery foor 90 mins.

2. leave on charge all night and it will last for 4 hours

Laptop Batteries
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The laptop should have a power LED lit when on mains power, check this is on.

Could also be shutting down for various other reasons:

1. excess heat fan grills blocked

2. corrupted system files, run sfc /scannow to check for corrupt files.

3. device conflicts, update all drivers.

  swanny2 13:15 25 Feb 2006

ta mate .
can u tell me what a sfc scan now is please. ty .also how does he find out what drivers he has .so he can update .or where do i go too get the updates. tx again mate .
Swanny :O)

  wee eddie 22:31 25 Feb 2006

DieSse's suggestion on the battery contacts. If you use an "old Fashioned" pencil, the lead is sufficiently abrasive to remove any oxides as well as improving electrical flow when contact is re-established.

From the posting earlier, I gather that your father is not particularly Computer literate. The difference in the life of his battery might be caused by differences in the usage of the Hard Drive or Disk Drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:36 26 Feb 2006

Repair XP by replacing corrupt files

sfc /scannow (exactly as written, watch the space)

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.
This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

sfc /scannow problems
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  swanny2 14:41 26 Feb 2006

cheers chaps.he took the battery out an gave it a clean .he went on it yesterday an it was on for 5 hours..hope this was the problem . i will let u know.. And tx again .
Swanny :O)

  swanny2 18:45 01 Mar 2006

thanyou all for the advise .it seems too have sorted the Problem out.
Hes had it on ever since and it stayed on .
thanks again .
Swanny :O)

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