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My IBM Thinkpad A22 only stays on for a couple of minutes


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Starting a few weeks ago, it randomly shut down every 30 - 60 minutes. It has gotten worse and worse. At best it stays on for a few minutes, at worst it won't even power all the way up. I have tried using the power cable, not using the power cable, using the battery, not using the battery, and nothing makes it better.

I bought this computer used a few months ago. I haven't tried re-installing the operating system since I don't have a copy of windows 2000 pro (maybe I'll have to buy it?). I do not use this computer on the internet, all I use is Word.

It isn't worth paying $100 to take it to a computer repair shop.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am a computer dummy, and I don't know what to do.
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Hello,
Do you get a blue screen right before the machine shuts down?
If this machine is running Windows 2000 it may not be worth the expense of repair.
However it may be a software conflict that is causing a stop error.
Do you get any warning before it shuts down?
Also, do you hear the fan spinning at a fast rate?
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No blue screen. No warning. I think it may be the fan, which sounds pretty weak. The warmer the unit gets, the less it stays on. Do you know how I would go about replacing the fan? If it is easy enough and cheap enough, that might be a good place to start.
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I think that it is most likely a heat issue.
How much technical ability do you have?
Please go here and read up on what you will have to do before you decide to try it yourself.
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