I have Toshiba Satellite A75-209 laptop. Lately, after running for about 3 to 5 minutes the laptop shuts down
I bought a Toshiba Satelite A75-209 laptop about 1 1/2 years ago. I’m doing some software development and use the laptop as a test platform to see my programs performance in a Windows XP Professional environment.
Some of the routines in my program take between 5 to 60 minutes to run. Lately, after running for about 3 to 5 minutes the laptop shuts down. I mean completely off. First suspect is overheating. OK. I put a vacuum cleaner hose near the fan and suck out the dust and dirt. For a few days this works fine. Then, the problem comes back. Vacuum again, runs fine for a few days, then shuts down. The bottom of the laptop is not that hot, but I decide to disassemble the laptop and replace the fan. Actually, there are two fans. After looking at the disassembling procedure you have I quickly realize this should not be my first option. In addition, I went on Toshiba’s website and saw that the fans cost $60 each.
In all other programs the laptop is fine (i.e. Word, Excel etc.)
If anyone else has experienced this, or can give me some pointers, I would forever be in your debt.
Thanks in advance for any help you might provide.
I think that replacing the fan is not your first option either. You’ll have to replace it only if the fan stopped spinning or if it makes noise. When you turn on the laptop, both fans should spin. You can see them through the grill on the bottom of the laptop. If both fans spin and they are not noisy, wait with the replacement, try cleaning the heatsink first.
If the heatsink in the laptop is completely clogged, a vacuum cleaner will not be able to remove the dust and dirt and make it 100% clean. A powerful air compressor would be a better option. Blowing off the heatsink with a powerful air compressor might be enough to fix the overheating problem.
When I have to clean up a laptop, I usually take it apart. When I take it apart, I clean up the heatsink and also I replace thermal grease on the CPU. In my opinion, that’s the best way get rid of overheating. You’ll find more information here: Why my Toshiba laptop suddenly shuts down by itself without warning?