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toshiba laptop A35-S159 shutting down after few minutes


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mblack18

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While looking at a friends Toshiba laptop A35-S159, we were convinced he had a virus, so we wiped the hard drive and started re-installing XP. After only a few minutes, the computer shut down, as if there was a power failure. I've heard of other people having this problem also, and hope there's someone out there who's familiar with the problem and the cure. Any help is greatly appreciated!! Thanks
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how old is the laptop?

on first look i began to think about a heat problem! do you know if the machine is running hotter than recommended?
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I would think heat problem, followed by battery problem (it could be flat or not holding its charge) or an issue with the power pack or power connector.
The fact that the thing stops working outside of Windows rules out a software issue.
Of course, this could potentially be a mainboard issue in which case a BER would be the only option.
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Neil,
Thanks for the input. but being the rookie I am at this, could you tell me what BER is? Thanks again,
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BER = Beyond Economic Repair where its more expensive to repair than to replace

Edited by Neil Jones, 25 March 2008 - 06:49 AM.

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