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Laptop behaving strangely

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Laptop either doesn't boot up at all or runs or anything from a few seconds to a couple of hours then it just shuts down completely with no warning.  When switched on it sounds normal, fan and disk drive sounds as usual.  Its an old machine - Emachines E442 with Win 7.  Any hints as to the cause would be very much appreciated.

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This is an example of what I often see after opening up older laptops with overheating problems:


The solution is to throughly, (but gently), clean out the dust and dirt and 'bingo', problem solved. :)



While on the subject of overheating, something else you should never do with a laptop:


Since the intake and exhaust vents are usually located on the bottom, back and/or sides of a laptop, she is begging for a disaster. Something's going to melt or worse, start a fire. :eek:

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