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Laptop keeps crashing

Yesterday my laptop screen suddenly went black while it was still running. I haven't dropped it or anything and I thought the problem was fixed when it was running normally after I turned it off and restarted it. But since then my laptop screen has gone weird for a second or two and my laptop restarts, this has happened about 5 times. It usually happens after around 30 minutes but the last time it happened straight away when my laptop started up so I'm not going to touch my laptop until I know what the problem is. Anyone have any ideas?

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I should also mention

My laptop is an acer aspire e1-570 and I got a new HDD very recently so I'd like to think that isn't the problem

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Similar HD

I hope you installed a similar "physical size" HD as there are so-called "slim" vs larger HD of the same capacity. I offer that as any cooling done may need the minor gap in order to keep it cooled as well as not stuffing in the location. Also, when you reloaded the OS in whatever form, you did a complete install. Some laptops require the full OEM features of their own making to best handle their product. One being the fan control which can be optioned in low-mid-hi setting. Visist the support website in case you don't have the install s/w in hand or lost access to the recovery partition on the old HD. You can order the recovery s/w if not too old for small cost.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Re: crashing

You can set Windows to not automatically restart when it crashes, but stay on the blue BSOD screen, so you can see an error code. Or maybe there's useful information in the event log.

But it could very well be some hardware issue. How often do you clean the inside of the laptop?

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I've never cleaned the inside

how would I do that?

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Cleaning
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I cleaned the insides

I dusted it all off yesterday and for a while it seemed like the problem was gone but just now it's happened again Sad

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I've just noticed

that it happens whenever I lift the left side of my laptop. Could there be something loose inside?

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Re: left side

Something loose or something broken. It might be you need a new motherboard, which is rather expensive.

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For now, think of the doctor joke.

"Doc, it hurts when I do this."
(Doc) "Don't do that."

Older laptops tend to develop this issue as well as laptops that get a lot of travel. The most common ones here were owned by students that traveled daily with the laptop in a backpack. The daily bumps take their toll and my advice is to not repair them if over a few years old. Yes we'll give the old unplug, clean and plug it all back together with the warning the laptop may not survive such work but that's about it as the cost of boards is usually more than a replacement.

-> it seems you did clean it and that helped. For now get back on schedule with the usual 1st of the month canned air routine and as the doc said "don't do that."

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Re: for now

Yeah I've made sure not to move it too much and it seems to be going fine. I'll get by for now until I can afford a new laptop (definitely going Apple) and hopefully it won't get any worse. Thanks for the replies

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Although

It seems to have just now gotten worse lol

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