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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


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I posted this reply to your initial query

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

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):

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

There is a Western Digital 120GB 2.5" HD for $70 posted at 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.


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