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Unread 04-12-2010, 06:38 AM   #1
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Mysterious Laptop Problem - Powers Off Suddenly / Doesn't Turn On

A couple of days ago, my laptop started powering off suddenly. One second it's on, and the next, no hard drive activity, no screen, no nothing. This happens in an instant and without warning (no blue screen). Starting yesterday, the problem got worse. After the power cut out, I would have trouble starting the computer up again. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. When it did work, I sometimes got as far as the Windows login screen. When I hit a key to begin typing my password (or swiped my finger on the fingerprint scanner), the power cut out. Today, it seems to have gotten even worse. Sometimes the startup process doesn't even get as far as the Windows login. A couple of times today, I pushed Power, got the the Windows Startup Error screen, selected to resume Windows as normal, and bam! Power's off.

Now, this gets even more mysterious. Sometimes I push the power button (after one of these instances), and nothing happens. Sometimes I push the power button, and the power light comes on, and then the fan, but no hard drive activity. Dead. Sometimes the computer won't start up at all unless I remove the battery, pull the plug, wait a few seconds, and then try again.

Even stranger... I have the computer on right now. It's been on for 5 hours, and it's working fine. I'm afraid to turn it off or put it to sleep, because I know it might not start up again.

If you are thinking overheating is the source of the problem, as of right now, after being on for 5 hours, each of my two processors is running at 53 deg. C and 45 deg. C, which I don't think is very hot.

I've been using computers for 25 years, and I've never seen anything like this. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Sony Vaio VGN-Z90US CTO: Core 2 Duo P9600 (2.8 GHz), 4 GB DDR2, 200 GB 7200 RPM HDD, 256 MB nVidia 9300M GS GPU, 13.1" 1600x900, Windows 7 Ultimate
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Re: Mysterious Laptop Problem - Powers Off Suddenly / Doesn't Turn On

could be many things

shorted battery

failed hard drive

check this link for list of softwares you can download, and see this too

is your proccessor stable?
run orthos test


is your windows fine?
no virus?
any files you might've deleted unintentionally?
try antivirus
and a system rollback
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Re: Mysterious Laptop Problem - Powers Off Suddenly / Doesn't Turn On

Thanks for the quick response. But before I run any diagnostics, can it be the hard drive if the computer is on and has been on now for 6 hours, working just fine. I only have problems starting up the computer. Can't be battery. Problems occur without battery attached.

Is this the Orthos test you referred to?
http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads...rime_2004.html

Windows is fine once computer is on and running. No virus. I'm holding off on system rollback until I get more information.

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Re: Mysterious Laptop Problem - Powers Off Suddenly / Doesn't Turn On

it can be the hard drive, cant see y not

just run hard drive tests i mentioned..
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