View Full Version : [all variants] Computer turns off all the time (HDD?)

April 19th, 2009, 08:55 PM
Hello there.

I have a laptop that is about 18 months old, but from about a month ago it has started acting rather erratically. I've had 810, several 904 devel versions and even Windows 7 (build 7000) installed on it, and the problem affects them all, suggesting it's hardware.

Whenever there is a lot of activity to and from the hard drive, the computer just turns itself off - it doesn't even go through the shutdown process. Stuff like:

* using BT (especially seeding)
* firefox cold start with lots of tabs open (especially over 50)
* checksumming (especially a list of several large-ish files, 350 to 700MiB in size)
Can this be just a dieing hard drive - and therefore replacing it will solve everything - or is it worse, like a problem with the motherboard or the HDD chipset/controller?

Thank you for your help.