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Allienware Lap Top Computer Locking Up

By pwm34 ·
My Allienware Lap Top computer locks up after 3-4 min. I have tried starting it under the safe mode and doing a system restore but it still locks up after 3-4 min. The only way i can shut it down is to power it off. Please Help. I need help very very much. Please, Please Help Me.
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Well you first need to find out if it is a Hardware or Software issue

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Allienware Lap Top Comput ...

It could be a Overheating thing where the CPU isn't getting cooled correctly or it could just be a corrupt OS issue.

As you are unable to start in Safe Mode I would really suggest that you get yourself a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD and run some tests. If it still falls over running the UB CD you know beyond all doubt that you have a Hardware problem but if it tests out OK it is likely to be something in the OS has been corrupted. In that case you could try a Repair Install or a Repair from the Console depending on what you have in the way of a Recovery Option if it is a M$ OEM Disc you can do a Repair Install of the OS and if it is a Recovery Disc from the Maker you need to go to the Console to perform the repair.

You can get the UB CD free from here

http://tinyurl.com/3jnpy

Col

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I posted this reply to your initial query

by nepenthe0 In reply to Allienware Lap Top Comput ...

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6230-0.html?forumID=101&threadID=263186&messageID=2495469

The hard drive may be failing.

If your laptop is somewhat ancient, perhaps the hard drive has had its life. You can download HD diagnostic software, burn it to a CD and boot your computer from the CD (if your laptop has a CD-ROM drive):

http://www.pcdocpro.com/z3/pcdocov.html?gclid=CNq5hJScn5MCFQ-7iQodsCf_zg

Others will probably post their favorite HD diagnostic utilities. I suspect most will do the job.

Before you order a replacement HD, consider the value of the laptop and whether you wish to install the HD yourself. Installation is actually a 10-minute do-it-yourself project, best attempted if your laptop is sacrificial.

I have found good deals on HDs at NewEgg.com:

http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=380&name=Laptop-Hard-Drives

There is a Western Digital 120GB 2.5" HD for $70 posted at NewEgg.com should you be interested.

Rick/Portland, OR

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Yep Rick I didn't see the second post till latter

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I posted this reply to yo ...

Only thing I have to add though is if you do have a IDE Drive and the system is a bit old there will be a Max Limit on Drives that can be used built into the BIOS. So you'll have to look at what BIOS can map and buy a replacement Drive within that size range. It's no good getting a 120 GIG Drive if BIOS can only read 4 GIG's.

If you would like to list the make & Model of the NB in question here one of us can tell you what type & Size of Drive is in use here and what can be fitted if the drive needs replacing.

Generally speaking the more information you provide initially the faster you get a suitable answer to your question.

Col

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