Computer shuts off by itself

Acer / Aspire t180
May 23, 2009 at 09:29:55
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Athlon(tm) 64X2 Dual Core Processor 4000+ 2.10 GHz with 767 MB RAM
I was wondering if anybody has any idea why my computer is doing this. I have a couple of things going on that are annoying me. The fan often seems to be running fast and loud. That's been going on since I bought the computer a little over 2 years ago. The most recent problem is that the computer now sometimes just randomly shuts down. No warning. Just shuts down as if the power button had been pushed to shut the computer off. That's really a pain when you're in the middle of surfing the net, reading e-mails, etc. Any ideas why this is going on and how to fix it?

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#1
May 23, 2009 at 17:05:13
How old is the comp? Did you buy it used? Sounds like a heat issue. Next time it shuts down try booting into the bios "setup" and check the pchealth tab for cpu temps. Or you can d/l mbm5 and watch your temps.

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#2
May 23, 2009 at 17:32:22
Also try removing the left side cover and running it. If it stays running or runs longer then I think your issue is heat. Try using a can of compressed air "$7 at walmart" to clean the dust bunnies out lol!

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#3
May 27, 2009 at 06:23:17
The computer was bought brand new. It's an Acer Aspire t180. It's just a little over two years old. The shut down stuff and constantly running fan are the only real problems I have with it.

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#4
May 27, 2009 at 06:56:04
Do you know for sure what the temps are inside the case? You can have a really clean house/work and the heatsink and fan grills can be clogged with dust. Have you ever removed the side panel and blown them out with compressed air? Heat will cause it to randomly shutdown

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#5
May 28, 2009 at 06:10:37
No, I haven't blown the inside out with compressed air. But, I definitely plan on doing so. Thanks...

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#6
May 28, 2009 at 11:34:53
Isn't there a vista gadget that monitors temps? I would check the gadget gallery and see.

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#7
May 31, 2009 at 13:55:17
I cleaned out the inside of my computer with a can of compressed air. My daughter said it still shut down on her yesterday. Is there anything else that can make the computer run hot other than being dusty inside? Are there other reasons the computer could be shutting down?

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#8
May 31, 2009 at 15:53:32
A bad cpu/heatsink contact. I would contact your vendor. Btw did anyone try overclocking this comp?

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#9
June 1, 2009 at 05:52:56
I'm not sure what "overclocking" is.

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#10
June 1, 2009 at 11:15:15
That's where people go into the bios and turn up some settings

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#11
June 3, 2009 at 16:11:51
I was wondering about something. If my computer is running on a low amount of RAM, can that cause the computer to work harder and heat up and then shut down? I have 1 Gigabytes of RAM (technically 767 MB) running Windows Vista Home Basic Edition. I've heard before that Vista is a RAM hog and needs more than this to work efficiently. My computer does run slower than I'd like at times, especially when I have a bunch of things running simultaneously. Things sometimes freeze up temporarily. Could this be a factor in my computer shutting down?

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#12
June 4, 2009 at 13:53:34
low ram wont cause it to heat up

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