Why does my laptop shutdown when I type anything?

Jean August 14, 2010
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I just replaced my hard drive, but my Dell Inspiron1525 will just shut itself down every time I try typing passwords, emails, etc. Was told by Dell I need a new motherboard. Laptop is not even 2 yrs old. Seems to get hot and then trouble starts.

Do I just need to replace the fan? I am an retired, self taught PC user and already spent 5 hours on the phone with Dell trying to get this laptop up and running with no glitches. I give up!

  1. John McClain
    August 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Make sure your laptop is free of dust, nothing is blocking the fans or vents, and that it's sitting on a flat, hard surface.Other than that, I'd have to agree with Smokey99. Just Googling that model Dell reveals a flurry of negative reviews and irate customers who are having similar problems.

  2. Jack Cola
    August 15, 2010 at 2:13 am

    I'm guessing it's not under warranty then?

    You could also be getting the blue screen of death?

  3. Anonymous
    August 14, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    It's almost certainly the motherboard. Dell is notorious for putting bad or cheap capacitors on its motherboards. It's not uncommon for a Dell motherboard to need replacement after two years, especially if it is used often.