Can anyone give any advice?

Toshiba Satellite a215-s7437 notebook
February 12, 2011 at 21:28:52
Specs: Windows Vista
So, i have a Toshiba with Vista on's a Satellite A215, laptop. and i really think it's the fan, but i'm not sure. I'm trying to remove the whole load of stuff i have on it without deleting some major stuff, but it just keeps shutting off completely and sometimes it doesn't feel as hot as it can get. Can anyone help with step by step detailed as much as possible advice?

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February 12, 2011 at 22:48:17
At this point with limited info I would say stop trying to turn it on for now. It well could be overheating and need a fan replaced or the board (hopefully not), but trying to keep it running til it gets hot and shuts off will do more harm. The hard drive could be removed (after unplugging power & removing battery) and the data could be taken off by attaching it to another computer. Taking them apart to replace fans and things is something I recommend you take to a shop unless you are experienced. Is it the original power cord...sometimes universal replacement cause heat problems?

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February 12, 2011 at 22:52:42
It may not be heat, it could be something else, but until you decide how to go about it, I would not keep trying it to err on the safe side. Does windows load? is it shutting right off or restarting? Does it shut off about the same time each time. Can you feel warm air being pushed out by a fan?

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February 13, 2011 at 08:54:18
You could clean the air vents - it might help.

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February 13, 2011 at 10:55:18
Look at event logs. It may show why it shutdown. The shutdowns tend to show up in red in XP but can be difficult to find in Vista.

There is shutdown and there is crash. We can't exactly tell just yet.

Could be some power supply or battery issue or power settings.

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