Hey everyone, thanks for reading the thread.
I've got a compaq presario 723RS laptop running Windows XP that has a weird problem that causes it to *completely* randomly black screen/die. Once it has done this, I have to remove power (unplug the power supply and battery), wait a few seconds, give it power, and then it will usually restart with the power button.
This problem has boggled my mind... I'm hoping somebody has some ideas! Stuff to know about it:
-will shutdown anytime, anywhere from right after bootup to XP or after a few hours of use
-will shut down during heavy use or during apparently idle times... there seams to be no correlation between how it is being used and when it dies
-happily will run brutal memory tests and Prime95 CPU burn-in tests without reporting errors or shutting down
-after it dies and I reboot it, I can not find any system dump files to read
-it has a clean install of windows xp pro (btw... it died randomly once during one attempt at installing windows)
-interestingly, as far as I know, it has never done this random death while in safe mode
-the battery in the laptop is completly useless and unchargable, so I haven't even been putting it in. It has the same problem with the dead battery in or out.
Anybody have any ideas about what might be causing it to do this, or how to fix it? Any help would be great. Thanks!!