I was writing a post and popups came and something went weird, so I
dont know if my previous message was posted or not, so I'm wrinting it
I have a dell insiron 5150 laptop and it randomly powersoff, when
playing games e.g. tom clancies rainbow six or often when listening to
music or watching a dvd.
Its not like a shut down, error, or stand by power off - its like you
have just ripped out the battery or like when you unplug the power
cable from a pc, it also whirrs a little when it does it.
It seems to maybe be linked with the stress on the pc, i.e.
applications etc. I reformatted my pc and it got a little better (the
pc runs much faster and the random poweroffs seem to be less frequent)
but it still happpens, especially whilst playing games (- could the 3d
graphics card be overheating or something?)
Also, random notice - I reformatted windows and it seemed ok, thought
I may of fixed it, but powered of once in a game as soom as I started
to play it. I switched it on and left it most of the afternoon to see
if it would crash by itself, it didnt. Then, since it seemed to be ok
by itself, I came to reinstall a different version of windows and
crashed everytime in the installation, so I left it switched off for a
few hours then when I came back to it it reinstalled first time.
Does anyone know what could be possible be going wrong with this? -
any help would be most appreciated!
- my train of thought, it seems to be ok by itself until you start
stressing it, i.e. running dvd's music or games, and when leaving it
on all afternoon and coming to reinstall it it kept on crashing until
I switched it off for a while. - Could come part of it be overheating
or sopmething causing an emergancy poweroff?
Also, there seems to be two fans a quite slow one that comes on and
off, and a second loud powerful fan that comes on when it it realley
stressed, i.e. playing a game. (- two fans or 1 fan with 2 speeds,
could be either). Two things, when it crashes that second fan is
often on, however there has been many times when it has been on and it
hasnt crashed. Second thing, when that fan comes on the pc really
slows down, for example when playing a game it will come on quite
often, the game will go jerky and is unplayable - the second the fan
goes off the game speeds up to normal pace and is ok. Is that normal,
or is something wrong?
Sorry for all the questions, i just have 1 more, honest! I have a
64mb ATI moblie radeon 9000 (I think) is it possible to upgrade to a
128Mb graphics card? or is it really hard/expensive to do on a
Thanks for reading and any help would be most appreciated.
Unfortunatly the laptop has just gone out of warrenty (by only a few
days, doh!) so I'd be grateful is anyone could help before I spend a
small fortune sending it back to dell.
- Sorry for the long post, I just tried to put explain everything
Other laptop specs that may help, intel pentium (4 i think - not too
sure) 3 gig, 500mb RAM, 64mb ati moblie radeon 9000.