Boot Up & Screen Freeze Problem

March 13, 2013 at 11:48:01
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a 5 years old Toshiba Satellite L300 Laptop, Celeron 2,13 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Vista 32-bit OS. By now I had not have any problem but overheating sometimes... 4-5 months ago, I've started to experience sudden shutdowns on its own, and it started to take almost 15-30 minutes to boot up; not because the windows loading process was taking a long time, but it is basically not able to stay turned on for more than 1-2 seconds after I press on/off button. Power is getting cut only after 1-2 seconds, and it is restarting itself again and again and again till Toshiba sign appears on the computer. By the way, since the battery is totally dead, I am using without the battery.

First I thought this is a battery problem, or maybe it is because of the loose adapter entry (tip of the power plug is able to dance!). Then since last 2 months I also started to experience this screen freeze problem. Everything basically stops as it is. Sometimes this happens twice a day, sometimes once in 2-3 days. Here is the picture:

Also, if I keep the laptop open, and even if it freezes, then when I restart it, it does not take 15 minutes on boot-up; but if I shut it down, again the hell awaits me!

I suspect those two problems are different, maybe they might be related, or maybe caused by each other though.

It's obvious it's a hardware problem, I just wanted to ask if you are familiar with such a problem, and what kind of bill a tech guy would charge me?


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March 13, 2013 at 14:52:54
it started to take almost 15-30 minutes to boot up
CPU is throttling, it means that CPU is running at very low speed to protect itself from overheating and if this process failed it starts to shutdown.

Monitor CPU temperature using this tool
Also u can run stability test while monitoring CPU temp to see if the machine shutdown.

If it's overheating start by blowing CPU fan vents by compressed air can, if it doesn't help u need to tear it down and replace the thermal paste.

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March 13, 2013 at 15:06:17
Thanks! Yet, it does not seem like an overheating issue; since it rarely shut downs itself while it is working. The problem appears during the boot up.

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March 13, 2013 at 15:15:41
The boot up process takes time because of CPU is throttling.
The freezing screen can be caused by
-bad graphic chip
-bad video driver
-sometimes bad RAM
Try stability test with AIDA64.

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