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« on: August 10, 2011, 06:17 PM »

Hi my mom has a Toshiba laptop - everybit of 5-7 years old - she called me over telling me it was running slow which it was , I did some normal
 stuff, cleaning TEMP files, funning CC cleaner and running Virus scan . I told her from the start that the computer fan sounded different - then the computer just stopped like DIED , I power it up and it starts for about 15 seconds then dies - this is both in battery only mode and with power cord

Is it time to get a new laptop ?  Many thanks

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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2011, 06:30 PM »

Short answer?  Yes.

Sounds like something may have overheated if the fan sounded off.  I used to work on Toshibas all the time and some models are notorious for getting clogged up CPU fans.  You should have seen some of the junk we used to find plugging them up.

You could always use a compressor and blast some air over the CPU fan exhaust to try cleaning things out.  If it still shuts off after 15 seconds there is probably some sort of damage somewhere.

-Mike
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« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2011, 06:32 PM »

It's probably doing a thermal shutdown, judging from what you said about the fan sounding different. I would bet that blowing some compressed air in the cooling vents will dis-lodge the offending dustbunny, and the machine should return to normal.
It's not good to run the machine to the point of a thermal shutdown, and even though it will start and run for a while after it cools off, you run the risk of permanent damage by using it before the cooling issue is fixed.
Good luck !
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« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2011, 08:58 PM »

msny thamks folks
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« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2011, 01:03 AM »

Here is a good replacement for mom

HP G62-373DX Intel Core i3 15.6" Laptop, 3GB/320GB/Win 7/Webcam only $379.99
15.6" Laptop



    Best Buy is carrying this 15.6" Laptop for $379.99
    During checkout, opt for in-store pickup to save on shipping cost
    Final Price: $379.99 + Free In-Store Pickup
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2011, 09:03 AM »

Mike - Many thanks , it is raining here and I will purchase this for her today - I hope best buy can retrieve her data........
many thanks
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2011, 08:21 PM »

To get your data, just spend a few bucks and get a USB hard drive enclosure.  Pull the HD out of the old computer, put it in the enclosure, plug the USB cable into the new computer, and copy away. 

Of course this assumes that your mother kept her files organized on her old computer and can find them easily.
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