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my laptop keeps freezing....

by JBru33 / January 20, 2006 1:40 AM PST

About 30 minutes after I turn on my laptop it all the sudden freezes. No mouse, no keyboard, nothing. The hard drive light stays lit up. All I can do is hold down the power button and reboot.

I've run multiple virus scans both with Macafee and AVG. Nothing. I've run spy bot and it also comes up with nothing.

Could this be a hardware problem? I replaced my HD less than a month ago and it's worked great. I hope its not already the problem.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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by the way...
by JBru33 / January 20, 2006 1:43 AM PST

I am using Windows XP, everything is updated. I've also changed my startup config.

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Fairly common for Pentium 4 laptops. Workarounds are...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 20, 2006 1:46 AM PST

1. Clean the heatsinks.
2. Have the heatsinkds remounted.
3. Try a laptop cooling pad.


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by JBru33 / January 20, 2006 11:39 AM PST

what exactly are heatsinks? are they the thing around the fan? I'm assuming that would mean I would have to open my computer up...

Could all this be caused by a new hard drive? The hard drive is identical to the one in the laptop before, but the hold one had bad sectors and needed to be replaced.


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Can't tell.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 20, 2006 12:29 PM PST
In reply to: heatsinks...

I noted the usual items but your post didn't follow the forum note about model number and such.

If you don't know what a heatsink is, use since I will only give short answers to what you can research on your own. The heatsink moves heat away from the CPU and other parts.


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