Computer geeks help me out

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by forsalenyc, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. I have a 3 yr old laptop(dell vostro 1500???) that I use for news feeds, emails, general surfing, etc. It's been getting slow lately, so I finally decided to reinstall windows, and during the formatting part of the reinstallation process, it keeps shutting down......what's the problem here? mobo? hard drive? it always shuts down when the formatting reaches around 20-27%.........thx guys
  2. Could be overheating. Have you checked the heat synch and/or fan. I find it's trial and error. If you search youtube there are videos on how to clean out the dust on a laptop, more complicated than desktop.
  3. thx...i'm googling as i speak and looks like it may very well be the overheating problem.........I am working with a small desktop fan underneath right now.......working out so far...i have another question there an advantage for doing a long format instead of a quick one? I don't find any difference..........
  4. Difference is:
  5. there is a free tool to check temperatures called CPUID hardware monitor