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Laptop becomes unresponsive when plugged in

post #1 of 9
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I cannot leave my laptop powered on for more than an hour at a time without my laptop completely locking up.

What happens is that everything will freeze up with no warning. The display stays on, but nothing will happen with the computer, not even a BSOD. It is as if time just stops for my laptop. The hard drive indicator shows nothing, either. Also, when this happens, a sound akin to static from a TV can be heard for a split second before it stops completely.

I feel like this might have something to do with electricity, because this sometimes happens before my laptop even gets a chance to warm up past 160F, locking up 5 minutes into a game of League of Legends, and because this has been happening ever since I plugged my charger into an outlet which began popping. I took it out, but perhaps the damage has already been done.

I'll post additional info as needed.
post #2 of 9
heat issue, depending on what you do, gaming will heat it up so much quicker than just browsing the internet

the adapter may be at fault, but i would have thought that would die before of loading into the laptop.

use another outlet leave computer off and let it charge then use batt only and see if it locks up, only if your sure the power supply is ok.

Look at plug and see if any arching has caused any burns - fuse should go first! thumb.gif

what model laptop would help thumb.gif
post #3 of 9
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I've got a P150EM with:

i7-2630QM
8GB DDR3 RAM
GTX 560M
And one of those Seagate hybrid flash/platter drives as my boot drive, don't remember the model.

I have cleaned my laptop before, and I've never gone above 195F CPU temp, which as I understand it is above average but not critical. I just played several games on battery without any problems: League of Legends, Vindictus, and Warframe. The latter two are fairly graphics intensive.

Looking at the plug on the charger, I do see burns on both flat prongs.
post #4 of 9
I just played several games on battery without any problems: League of Legends, Vindictus, and Warframe. The latter two are fairly graphics intensive.

gotta be your charger then. hope nothing goes wrong with new charger if it does then it will also be a connection prob inside laptop. But i am sure a new different charger will sort it out

Do not use the same outlet, plug somewhere else till you know its safe thumb.gif
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks.

Is there any easy way to tell if something power-related in my laptop has been damaged as well?

Edit: just tried out a new adaptor, but the computer still locks up.

EDIT 2: Quick update: I took my laptop to a shop and they asked me for $30 to look at the graphics card. I think they redid the connection between the GPU and the board. Kinda makes sense, because discolored areas could be seen on the display as my laptop locked up during diagnosis, and because my laptop underutilizes the GPU on battery power. Plus, I could afford to dish out $30. The problem looks to be gone, as my laptop can work for more than an hour now. I'll update again tomorrow.
Edited by CosmicCricket - 6/30/13 at 12:24am
post #6 of 9
Good for you - hope it all goes well for you. thumb.gif
post #7 of 9
Makes sense, let us know if it fixes the problem.
I would check to see if the charger is supplying the correct amount of voltage too, just to be on the safe side. This can be done easily with a voltmeter and is something a technician should always check with symptoms like this thumb.gif
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I was able to find some free time and crank out a few hours of video games today. Everything seems to be in order.

Thanks for the help guys.
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I had a similar problem with my old toshiba laptop,as soon as windows boots it would freeze up on me!....since i didnt know anything about pcs at the time i just threw the damm thing out! Do you guys think it could have been a virus? I wish i would have tried reinstalling the OS but live and learn I guess? There goes another $800 dollars down the drain
     
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