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I'm selling my car stereo and my buddy is giving me cash and gave me this Toshiba Satelite. It works great (on it now), but he says that sometimes it will shut off. No Black screen, no blue screen. I'm thinking its a cooling issue, as he said that he propped it up so that airflow could get around it, and it stayed running for a long time. What can I do to fix this?
Also, the screen hinges, are a bit loose. How can I eliminate the looseness in the hinges?
Not sure what model it is, but I will find out now.
    
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get a can of compressed air and blow out all the fan vents with the computer off. there is probably quite a bit of dust in there, assuming the fans are working to begin with.
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i would open it up and whip out that compressed air. im sure you have dust bunny colony inside it heating up your laptop. if you cant open it up, blowing it in the intake and exhaust a couple times should be just fine.

if you really wanna be 1337 about it, you can reseat the heatsink with AS5, but i wouldnt recommend it if you dont know what youre doing.
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oh yeah I think that the fans are working. I can hear them cut in cut out, speed up, etc.

What about the hinges?
    
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As already said, the blackout problem could be heat-related. Download RivaTuner, SpeedFan or Everest and take a log of GPU and CPU temperatures. Should give you an idea of how hot the thing is getting. (I get 52-58C CPU, the GPU idles at 54-55 and goes up to a steady of ceiling of 70-71 when gaming).

Cleaning out the fans is also a good idea. If you're a screwdriver-set and static wristband owner, there's a good disassembly guide here: http://www.laptopka.com/category/tos...lite-p100p105/. I cleared loads of crud by disassembling that couldn't be reached just by blowing air throug the vents.

Unfortunately none of the fan utilities I mentioned can detect any fans in my system (P100-113, a UK model); you might have better luck, but for me this means that messing with the fan speeds to increase cooling isn't an option.

The loose hinges: is it the hinge, i.e. the linking between two rotating parts, that's loose, or the hinge fitting to the base? If the latter, you can get at the fitting screws by following the disassembly guide. If the former, I guess the hinges are just worn.

It's a good model. Also serves as an effective space heater if you're in a small room
    
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Overheat issue sounds like it. Few days ago my laptop was getting super super hot. I didnt pay no attention to it but when I would load photoshop and 5 minutes into some rendering it would turn off. I could browse the internet for maybe 30 mins before it would shut off. I finally flipped it over and found that something had got caught on a intake blade and prevented the fan from spinning. I pulled it out and found tons of cotton inside the exhaust vents. Now it runs cooler and no more problems.

Anyways just take that handy dandy can of air and clean it out. Maybe even do a reseat of the HSF with some aftermartket paste?
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