Toshiba Laptop shuts down after booting

August 24, 2010 at 06:55:38
Specs: Windows xp pro 5.1.2600 build 2600, Intelx86 family15 model1. 256 Ram
I have a Toshiba Satellite S1900-203 laptop, which was owned by my father. The problem with the laptop is that it shuts down a few seconds after booting. It would load the OS, open the Desktop, load a few startup programs then crash/shut down as if the power was lost. Also I cant boot up from CD/DVD drive(eg. XP Disc or Ubuntu Disc) as the laptop shuts down when files are being loaded for disc bootup. I can however boot into safe-mode, but since am not really a tech-savvy I have no idea as to what to do once there. I've tried System Restore to no avail. My laptop specs are:
OS: Windows XP Pro
Ram: 256MB
Hard drive: 30GB
Processor: X86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 2 Genuine Intel ~1694Mhz.
Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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August 27, 2010 at 12:45:05
This is a problem lying within power distribution--or a heat problem, which can be repaired if you are comfortable opening up your computer's innards and looking over this small checklist.

a. Check your internal vents, ducts, fans, and the thin processor heat sink. Buy a can of compressed air and carefully blow out any dust before you begin. Do not use a vacuum cleaner on a notebook! If the grease is crusted up on the processor heat sink, you need to carefully re-apply new grease.

b. Check your internal connections for loose components, and that your power adapter works properly. Is the power jack loose, or is the battery dead? Can the computer boot from the battery only and stay on, or does the problem occur only with the power adapter? Also, check to see if your adapter is getting overly hot (they normally get warm--we're talking hot), or if the power jack box on your motherboard is loose. This can cause issues.

If all these points fail, your motherboard may have an internal fracture from previous overheating or old age. This is usually a Dell(tm) and HP(tm) issue, but it could affect your PC as well, depending on how long you've used it.

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