My laptop freezes whenever it overheats/idles for a while

Flamzeron

Member
I've got a problem with my laptop. Whevener it idles for a while, the whole thing just freezes. I've noticed that my laptop gets pretty warm around the same time, so I assume that the two are connected. I'm having to take the battery out of my laptop just to restart it. This didn't start happening until I got an update from Norton. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Thanks in advanced.
 

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brummyfan

Brummy
Vista Guru
Try another AV program after uninstalling Norton, see any difference in Temps. Use HWMonitor or any temperature monitoring utility to keep an eye on the temps. How old is your laptop? if it's more than a year old might as well check the fans for any dust and blow them out with a can of compressed air.
It helps if you fill up your system specs.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Biostar
    CPU
    AMD Athlonx64 Dual Core 3800+ 2.0GHz
    Motherboard
    Biostar MCP6P-M2
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CIBOX
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi 160GB

brummyfan

Brummy
Vista Guru
Yes, you have to open the back cover to inspect the fan, it all depends on what model,how old and how you use it(do you use the laptop in bed).
You can also try blowing compressed air in to the vents from outside without taking off the back cover.
This is only an example and there are many guides in Youtube:
YouTube - Laptop cleaning with compressed air
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Biostar
    CPU
    AMD Athlonx64 Dual Core 3800+ 2.0GHz
    Motherboard
    Biostar MCP6P-M2
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CIBOX
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi 160GB

Blueblaz

New Member
Be careful when using compressed air to clean out your computer, the U-tube shows that you use very little air to blow it out. If you use full pressure you could over spin the fan and seize it. When I do mine, I always use a small pin (paperclip) to hold the fan in place.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built system
    CPU
    3.20 gigahertz AMD Phenom II X4 955
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK Computer INC. M4A79T Deluxe
    Memory
    4094 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VW193T and ASUS VW246
    Hard Drives
    500 Gigabytes Hard Drive Seagate ST3500418AS
    PSU
    1000 watt Can't remember what it is XFX I think
    Case
    Cooler Master 926 HAF
    Cooling
    Air, 4 case fans
    Mouse
    Logitech G5 lazer
    Keyboard
    Merc Stealth
    Internet Speed
    Broadband, comcast. Decent
    Other Info
    Soon to build a new system.

richc46

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Be careful when using compressed air to clean out your computer, the U-tube shows that you use very little air to blow it out. If you use full pressure you could over spin the fan and seize it. When I do mine, I always use a small pin (paperclip) to hold the fan in place.
Thank you for the astute advice. To be honest, I did not even think of that.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

richc46

Vista Guru
Gold Member
Glad that it worked out the way you wanted.
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
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