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Hello. I have a two and a half year old acer aspire one netbook with a Celeron 887. Lately it shutdowns randomly with or without a BSOD. This happens when it's not on a solid surface. It's hdd is older, maybe 5 years old.
What I'm suspecting is that there's some instability because the bottom cover is broken so half of the netbook's motherboard and the hdd is exposed. Could this cause those things?
I'd love to buy an ssd for that netbook but I'm afraid that the hdd has no problems and replacing it won't fix anything.


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SSD would benefit it anyways if you want to give it a bit more life. ^^
It sounds definitely like something is shorting it out (You said it happens when it is not placed on a solid surface so it would make sense that something is touching a PCB causing a short)
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SSD would benefit it anyways if you want to give it a bit more life. ^^
It sounds definitely like something is shorting it out (You said it happens when it is not placed on a solid surface so it would make sense that something is touching a PCB causing a short)

I was afraid it would be something that I can't fix. I'm thinking that buying an ssd for it and it continues to have these problems would be a waste of money as I would have spent that money on a better laptop in case I'll buy a new one. Unfortunately the warranty expired. That would be the second laptop I own with a probable "short circuit" as my Dell inspiron has issues that are probably related to that.
I was thinking that if the problem is related to the hdd itself or the fact that it's not stable because of the cover, an ssd would fix it as an ssd would have no problems if it moved a little in the netbook. It's a big risk though. I don't have any spare ADDs to try that. Maybe one day I'll replace it with my main computer's ssd to see its behavior.

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Try searching for a replacement case for it, it should not cost a huge amount.
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Try searching for a replacement case for it, it should not cost a huge amount.

Turns out that the cover wasn't entirely broke. That old hdd was 9mm thick and the cover didn't close. I replaced it with a 7mm HDD and now it works fine. The cover is closed and there are no shutdowns.
I'm glad I solved it. I'm now waiting for a replacement fan because the one I have now makes a lot of noise. It's not dust, it's clean but it seems there's a problem with the fan itself. I ran it outside the laptop and if it faced down (like when the laptop was on a desk) it made a screeching noise. When the cover closed that noise was unbearable. I found a replacement for $9 and I'm waiting for it.
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Glad to hear you got it all sorted now biggrin.gif
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