Over the past couple days, my laptop has been turning off by itself for no reason. Sometimes I would be on it for over 5 hours then when I'm working on something, it just shuts off without warning (no "Windows is shutting down" message). I'm not sure what the problem is, but it has happened to me several times before. And when it shuts off, I try to turn it on like 5-10 minutes later, it gets to the Windows user log-on screen then shuts off, but if I wait a couple hours, it returns to normal. Right now, as I sit and type this help request, I am in fear that it might shut off on me again before I post this thread. So anyways, before it shuts down on me, here is the problem.
I don't recall having any malicious virus that do this but I'm guessing it's a case of overheating, but I'm not sure what to do about it. Before, I bought a laptop fan pad that goes under the laptop, however, it didn't help, it would still shut off by itself after a while, even while it was on full blast. If it's an overheating problem, then do you know any good cooling methods for laptops? By the way, do you think it would be a good idea to back up all my files to an external hard drive, then format my laptop before anything serious happens? Any help is appreciated.
Edited by thetr33, 02 March 2007 - 11:52 PM.