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So, this is like the forth time my Compaq Armada M700 has messed up... but what do you expect from an -old- computer?
So, this time it's to do with it just randomly dying...
Sometimes I turn my computer on and then I have it running for a few minutes and then it dies, other times when I'm gaming.
The first time it happened I thought I had just gotten it too hot and so it shut itself off as self-preservation, so I unplugged it, flipped it over and opened up the bottom to let it cool for five minutes, then put the bottom back on and started it up - worked fine after five minutes.
But ever since then it has a tendency to just randomly shut off if I try to use it for more than about an hour and a half where before I could game for several hours at a time.
I do have it raised off of my desk to make sure it doesn't get too hot, but what else can I do?
Anyone have any ideas on what's going on? I can't afford to buy a new laptop yet.

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Last Post by FragFighter
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buy a laptop cooling pad, either your pc is too hot, ram is overclocked or maybe something is dying...

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buy a laptop cooling pad, either your pc is too hot, ram is overclocked or maybe something is dying...

My laptop does have a fan... do I still need that?
I think it's the fact that the comp is 7 or 8 years old and has been rebuilt once... Maybe something else is going on... Compaq isn't a great brand anyways.
A friend suggested that it might be the harddrive.

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well... with my compaq, (desktop) which is isnt really related, died from a failed mobo only aged a year old.

i think if you have the money, the cooling pad is the way to go

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well... on the other hand maybe it is old age, things do tend to die especially if its "years" old

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Maybe while you had it opened,you should have give it a good cleaning with -clean-compressed air.
Sounds like the CPU is getting hot,due to dirt/dust buildup maybe?
You may need to disassemble,clean, and reseat the CPU/heatsink and clean the fan(s).Those things get plenty hot with gaming especially.There are many websites that show you how to do this.
Its worth a try to get more hours out it anyways,until you get another one.

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Thanks for all your help, I'll be sure to check out the cooling pads and clean the fan. I just need to get a couple more years out of this so I have time to save money for a Dell.

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