My Laptop starts then cuts off again

January 22, 2012 at 12:27:38
Specs: Windows vista
my computer wont start up, sometimes it gets as far as been able to start it up in safe mode, but after the files have loaded and it says please wait thats it it stops
it will start completely, very rarely, and works ok until i have to restart it and then it just wont start up.

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January 24, 2012 at 11:39:02
Make, model, age of unit?

Things to troubleshoot:

- Was unit dropped, subjected to electrical spike?
- Is it Blue Screening or just powering off?
- Any error messages on screen?
- Any lights blinking, glowing on system? Any blinking light patterns/codes?
- Any sounds - beeps, beep codes, loud fans, grinding noises (fans or hard drives).
- Any smells from system - smoke, electrical?
- Check AC outlet unit is plugged into.
- Battery condition - is battery OK & charging?
- Check Power supply (test voltage and on another laptop if possible), cords, connectors (male).
- Check AC power connector (female connector) on the motherboard (sometimes the connections break/crack).
- Motherboard (pull & inspect), check fans
- Test HDD
- Test RAM
- Test/pull DVD/CD ROMS, floppy drives (if older unit).

MOOOOooove! OH and you're welcome!

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January 29, 2012 at 08:21:41
hp pavilion,
it's 2006,
the battery is at 62% capacity acording to my monitoring software.
it's a friends laptop so don't know if it's been dropped
the cpu fan did have a lot of fluff blocking the vents but thats been sorted and hasn't made a difference

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