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by: krisrao August 20, 2009 4:55 PM PDT

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Dell Laptop Crashes within 1-4 hours

by krisrao - 8/20/09 4:55 PM

i. I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 that unexpectedly shuts down after an hour or more
ii. The machine worked fine for about a year and now for the last couple of months I have had the unexpected shut down problem
iii. I have re-imaged the machine multiple times (after repartitioning to eliminate boot sector viruses) , each time loading the latest drivers in the recommended sequence to no avail. I initially used my own Vista Ultimate but have now gone back to the OEM's Vista Home Basic OS. After the last re-image I only loaded the most important few drivers from the Dell Support, an AV program (AVG), Firefox and updated the OS - still crashing.
iv. No new hardware installed. Have not done a BIOS update.
v. Fan seems to be working harder than it should be. It revs up often just before crashing. Ran Speed Fan and it shows 78-83F or below in both cores, though.
vi. System Specs
i. Inspiron 1525, Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 (1.66GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache),
ii. Windows Vista Home Basic Edition,
iii. 3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
iv. LCD Panel Anti-glare, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800) 15XGA
v. Video Card Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 INTAC [320-6059]
vi. Hard Drive Size: 120GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) 120GB [341-5616]
vii. Network Integrated 10/100 Network Card INTNIC [430-2651]
viii. Modem Integrated Modem I56NM [313-5793]
ix. Combo or DVD+RW Drive CD / DVD Writer (DVD+/-RW Drive) 8XDVDRW [313-5791][420-6464]
x. Sound Card High Definition Audio 2.0 IS [313-4783]
xi. Wireless Networking Cards Dell Wireless 1505 Wireless-N Mini-card DW1505 [430-2820]
xii. Camera Integrated 2.0M Pixel Webcam DCAMERA [313-5785][412-0968][420-7778]
xiii. Laptop is no longer available new but here is a link to Dell's support page -

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