Hi all, I'm repairing the above laptop for a friend - it seems to be overheating and shutting itself down. Normally, Word, Outlook Express and an internet connection is running, nothing demanding in terms of video runs, i.e.games, etc. The laptop gets hot above the keyboard, nearly too hot to touch at times - sometimes it runs longer than others before it shuts down but it's generally about an hour. Yesterday, it was running the O/S only, i.e. no open programs and it shut itself down. Fan is running and I've cleaned out the heatsink (not that it was dirty / dusty), and I've applied a dab of thermal paste to the CPU. Also, system is running very slowly at times, Word is the biggest problem, it constantly hangs and has error messages, accessing the internet is so slow - It can take minutes to load up, search and load pages, 'AntiVir' Antivirus is installed and updated with no detections. System info is as follows: Advent 7086. 40GB HDD (about 30GB free) Win XP O/S 256MB RAM (but 32MB is allocated to graphics) System age is approx 15 months 1.4GHz CPU. Any help much appreciated as usual, if you need any more info, or questions answered, just let me know. Thanks, AM.