Toshiba Satellite Freeze up

April 11, 2006 at 23:03:35
Specs: XP, 3.2 GHz / 1GB

I have a satellite laptop (3.2 GHz pent. 4, 512 ram w/ 512 kingston upgrade). Recently, it got unhapy. First, it is really slow. For a gig, it should run. Second, it has been freezing up bad. I will be sitting on the couch with it in lap, GENTLY move it to the couch and it freezes completely. Also, lately it has been just turning itself off completely. I dont know a whole lot about computers, so im fuzzy on other specs. Thanks for any help.

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April 12, 2006 at 08:37:38

This is a common problem with Satellite laptops. Check where is the exhaust of the laptop. if you are closing the vent while sitting, your laptop is going to get heated and then shut down itself for sure.

Second reason is if you laptop is older than a year, your battery is dying.

Regarding freezing, that is a software problem. You need to run a antispyware software such as adware which you can download from also run a complete antivirus check on your laptop.

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April 12, 2006 at 13:48:25

First off thanks. Second, I have norton and it says there are no viruses. Next, I thought it might be it overheating and shutting down, when it is sitting on the table, and im just using the mouse, sometimes it will just freeze or turn itself off...Also, it is extremely slow at boot, and I dont understand why. Like when it boots up, I double click netscape, and two of my desktop icons might disappear, then about 1 minute later the netscape sign loads, and then about 3 minutes later, netscape loads.

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April 12, 2006 at 17:10:37

Two things to consider:

Heat. I think it is a poorly designed concept on Toshiba and other notebook manufacturers to try and squeeze in a desktop chip into a notebook and not supply the end user with adequate cooling.

Hard drive. run a diagnostic on the drive and see if that is failing.

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April 12, 2006 at 17:41:08

Have you opened your task manager to see how much resources are being used?

Like leoatul some up-dated spyware checks:
Spyware Blaster
Spybot S&D
Adaware SE
They are all free, and i would not trust Norton (Bloatware)further than I could throw some on-line scans with either Bit Defender or Housecall.

The slow boot can be checked by unchecking all your start-up items...something is using all your resources.

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks

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April 12, 2006 at 17:54:24

again thank you to all. I researched all the start up programs in my start up (msconfig) and turned off the ones i dont need. As of right now, with typical use, it says i am running 50 processes (total, including system), 2% cpu usage, 295M/1497M, available 499460 physical memory w/ 186828 System Cache. I dont know if that helps. Also, a friend of mine who knows more about computers than me, said that it is possible that the memory upgrade is corrupted memory, and thats why i dont see an improvement, plus thats why it crashes, etc. Dont know if that helps you guys either, but figured i would say something. Also, I will try the spyware/virus thing. What should i download and where? Thank you

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April 12, 2006 at 18:00:59

Google for them in the list above.
When you right click on My Computer and go to properties, how much memory does it say you have?

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks

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April 13, 2006 at 21:23:21

it says i have 896 mB of ram

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