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Computer Switching Off

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dan2603, Jun 20, 2012.

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  1. dan2603

    dan2603 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I am using a Dell 15R Inspiron laptop, which gets switched off sometimes. Please note it is not shutting down but the power suddenly goes off. When I reboot, it starts Ok again.

    I have faced this at least thrice in last one month.

    Please help me get over this or else I am afraid I may face HDD failure later on.

    Thanks in advance.

    Dan
     
  2. iKarnt

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    Does the battery charge at all? (pull out plug, how long will it last) if this is "instant" or close to it. then a new battery is in order.

    its been several years - Im guessing the battery hold bout 5 mins now, maybe more, but I dont think thats it.

    Firstly - and most strongly recommended. BACKUP.
    its a great idea to use the many free storage spaces out there (skydrive, dropbox etc) each providing 2-7gb with any new signup.
    so I would be using those a backup for anything worth while, those bigger things (Movies, music, bulk dump) should be happy on the many USB sticks at your local <insert massive store full of all sorts of stuff> store. my post office sells 8gb for $8 for example. Hard as nail too. can go thru the washing and its still reads n writes.

    I guess what Im saying here is I dont have any hope for this one. Laptops die like this. Any major brand would just replace the MB on if it was under warrenty, if you have any left - use it now. faulty Part is likley to be the cause, either a major or minor intergrated componant.
     
  3. dan2603

    dan2603 Thread Starter

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    Hi iKarnt,

    I don't think my laptop is going to die any soon as it's just about a year old now. And my battery holds to about 3 hours.

    Thanks for your help anyways.
     
  4. Oddba11

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    Check Windows Event Viewer to see if Windows is logging any errors.

    Shutdowns like you describe are typically the result of a hardware fault. Most often the motherboard or power supply.
     
  5. dan2603

    dan2603 Thread Starter

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    Yes, I see many errors and warnings under Event Viewer -> Custom Views -> Administrative Events and elsewhere.

    If you want I can post them over here, but I am not sure as to how to save the Event Logs. So, please advice what needs to be done next.

    By the way, the computer never again shut down since I last reported.

    I would also like to mention here that last month a friend scanned some pendrives in this laptop, found a lot of viruses, which he deleted from the Quarantine section of the antivirus software "Avira". Afterwards, I scanned the system on my own and found a few too, which I Quarantined and deleted. I am not sure if this has anything to do with the switching-off, but thought I should report it here for the best chances of finding out the reason. I think my system is clean now, but you never know and I am no expert on this.

    Anyways, thanks for your help and waiting to know the future course of action that needs to be taken.
     
  6. Oddba11

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    If the problem hasn't occurred again, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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