Problem with starting the laptop and shut down automatically after few seconds

By cherisha
Jul 22, 2011
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  1. Hi,

    I'm new here but want to join a forum to fix the computer. I have a problem with my laptop when i turned it on, it will turned off automatically after a few seconds, I repeated turn it on, the same thing happen until i came to a black screen that the windows didn't run properly and asking me to choose to run windows normally or others choices. After that, I could use my computer as usual. What could be the problem of this happening?
  2. robin_bga

    robin_bga Newcomer, in training Posts: 258

    Hi Cherisha, I love you name.
    Ok I have a few questions,
    1 - is this at the beginning when you switch it on or when windows starts?
    2 - What Laptop brand is that?
    3 - What OS is it running?
    I have a feeling its either Toshiba or HP...
    If its that the beginning then i think you need to open it up and clean it up it could be clogged, if its windows then i think you just need to do a repair depending on the OS.

    Hope that helps
  3. cherisha

    cherisha Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks Robin for replying. The problem happened at the beginning when i turned on the laptop. I'm Using an Acer laptop and operating using Windows XP. Thanks for the suggestion, I will try that.

    P/s: And yes I have a nice name LOL
  4. Coodu

    Coodu TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 179

    I've seen this a bit as with some Toshiba's specifically that come through the shop. Last time I think it ended up being the PCB (Motherboard) in the system causing the fault.

    Seems weird that it only does it for the first couple of powers. This to me further reinforces the motherboard as a potential fault.

    Cleaning the fan/heat sink is a good idea but, definitely.
  5. cherisha

    cherisha Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    erm.. how to clean the fan by ourselves? is it possible to do by ourselves.. anyway, my laptop is already quite old.. had it since 2005.. thanks norbur for suggestions :)
  6. Coodu

    Coodu TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 179

    Best bet would be to get yourself a can of compressed air with the little spray tube - easy to aim in the side of the air vent at the side of your laptop, should see lots of dust spray out :)

    Also some models you can access the fan directly by taking off the back panel that is usually associated with the memory. This does vary though model to model. But if it's from 2005 it might be able to do it this way.
  7. cherisha

    cherisha Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks Norbur, I think it will do good for a while now :) till I get a new one..
  8. Coodu

    Coodu TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 179

    Good to you've reached the bottom of it, no problems at all.
  9. smithgor

    smithgor Newcomer, in training

    Same problem - Not resolved

    Hi guys. I found this thread whilst trying to find a solution to my exact same problem that occurred only a few weeks ago. I've tried whats been suggested but still have the problem.

    I have a Lenevo 3000 N200 Laptop running Win XP Pro SP2. All of a sudden a few weeks ago it gets about 10 seconds into the Windows loading stage then switches off. The same happens for another 2 attempts (irrespective of selecting safe mode or whatever) then it'll fire up normally and stay working for days if necessary i.e. never shuts down once windows is loaded.

    For good measure I've blown it through with compressed air but I can, in any case feel the airflow from the fan and hear it. Tried restoring to a date prior to this occurring but when it reboots is says its been unable to restore. It has failed to achieve this on 2 occasions now.

    Any ideas would be gratefully received.


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