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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddy Mundo
    Try using another browser other than Firefox.

    I had a similar problem a few months back... when I had facebook open on firefox, sometimes I would get the blue screen of death and computer shuts down. Apparently both Firefox and FB uses a LOT of memory, so that was the cause of the crash. I deleted Firefox and installed Chrome. Problem solved.
    sounds like scary shit if the screen just turns blue and shuts off lol
    don't think I had that before.. sometimes I get no warning.. usually the fan goes crazy - really loud and starts spinning like there's no tomorrow and the whole system shuts down.

    Then there's times when I get a grey box with a red circle and a message - this flashes for a few seconds then powers off. The box flashes so quick I can't even read it lol


    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    You also don't really go into much detail describing the shutdown- do you get specific error messages, or does the machine just turn off suddenly with a blank screen? There's a chance it could be a software thing (i.e. reinstall everything), but so far it does sound like heat is the most likely culprit.
    I don't think it's the software, only got a few on the laptop that I use really.. mainly Photoshop and Firefox are the only ones I touch everyday.
    But I you are right, it probably is the heat that's killing the lappy =(
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    Quote Originally Posted by huja
    Another thing is that you are just overloading your RAM. Upgrading that is a simple thing, especially if you have an open slot for another RAM module.
    do you know any reliable and good for money places that would upgrade the RAM for you?
    like any of the computer centres in Mong Kok or Sham Shui Po?


    Quote Originally Posted by huja
    If you feel up to it, remove the heatsink/fan and scrap off the old paste and reapply new thermal paste. Buy a cooling fan to set your laptop on.
    Both of these things will cost less than $100hk, which is a cheap investment to see if you can squeeze some time out of your laptop.
    I would too afraid to try that and pretty sure would mess it up and make it worse =_=
    any recommendations from the computer centres?


    Quote Originally Posted by Enderman
    Almost certainly overheating.

    Can you hear the fan?

    A new fan installed will be around $500 at one of those little computer shops...
    Ohhhh yeahhhh buddy, I can hear it lol
    I can hear it when I leave the bloody room ;p
    when it's really noisy, I know that it's gonna shut down soon.
    Any places you can recommend that would fit in a new fan for me?
    What places have you been to to get your new fan installed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickelodeon1997
    do you know any reliable and good for money places that would upgrade the RAM for you?
    like any of the computer centres in Mong Kok or Sham Shui Po?




    I would too afraid to try that and pretty sure would mess it up and make it worse =_=
    any recommendations from the computer centres?




    Ohhhh yeahhhh buddy, I can hear it lol
    I can hear it when I leave the bloody room ;p
    when it's really noisy, I know that it's gonna shut down soon.
    Any places you can recommend that would fit in a new fan for me?
    What places have you been to to get your new fan installed?

    I don't have any recommendations as I'm a DIY-type. Also, you're backing up everything on the laptop right? It sounds like it could fail completely at any time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickelodeon1997
    Ohhhh yeahhhh buddy, I can hear it lol
    I can hear it when I leave the bloody room ;p
    when it's really noisy, I know that it's gonna shut down soon.
    Any places you can recommend that would fit in a new fan for me?
    What places have you been to to get your new fan installed?
    I live in the NTs, maybe not much help as far as recommendations go...seriously though, any of those computer shops that put PCs together will help...you can even order the part yourself to make it easier.

    It's not too difficult a DIY job if you fancy it...there's probably a YouTube vid. you can follow...finally, take huja's advice and backup...you're close to system failure.

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    in summary:

    1. get a new fan installed
    2. new RAM - 8gb is a minimum these days
    3. change to SSD for the HDD
    4. re-apply thermal paste to the CPU
    5. install Windows 10

    you'll have a laptop that runs as well as a new one for ~2000

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickelodeon1997

    Ohhhh yeahhhh buddy, I can hear it lol
    I can hear it when I leave the bloody room ;p
    when it's really noisy, I know that it's gonna shut down soon.
    Any places you can recommend that would fit in a new fan for me?
    What places have you been to to get your new fan installed?
    Unless you're joking on that point, that's the problem. No laptop fan should should ever be that loud. Your bearings are screwed.

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    how much is a SSD and recommended manufacturer


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    Quote Originally Posted by Morrison
    how much is a SSD and recommended manufacturer
    Samsung 850 Series, e.g. Samsung 850 EVO SSD 250GB for $720 (an absolute bargain)
    Samsung 850 EVO SSD 250GB - SSD ???? - ?? - ?? - ????? Price.com.hk
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    Unless you're joking on that point, that's the problem. No laptop fan should should ever be that loud. Your bearings are screwed.
    This is no joke : I'm the proud owner of a Macbook Air that is louder my snoring.

    I've taken it to Apple as well as the guys in 298 and they all tell me that they cant do anything about it. The fan works but its just damn loud.

    Would you still suggest the lube method? Its a teeny/tiny fan - how it comes up with so much noise is a mystery to me....
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs
    This is no joke : I'm the proud owner of a Macbook Air that is louder my snoring.

    I've taken it to Apple as well as the guys in 298 and they all tell me that they cant do anything about it. The fan works but its just damn loud.

    Would you still suggest the lube method? Its a teeny/tiny fan - how it comes up with so much noise is a mystery to me....
    Huh, can't help you with Mac issues, sorry. I am too biased against Apple devices to be objective- could either be a bad fan, or just another example of incredibly shit product design that sometimes makes it into production and ends up shafting customers. Guess you should probably Google your model/year and "noisy fan", if you've not already done so.

    It's kind of unlikely to be a single instance of a bad fan though. Once the bearings start going on a computer fan, the fan doesn't last for long and the grindy noises get pretty nasty and obvious. On the other hand, if it was a single bad fan rather than bad design, I could also see most repair shops thinking it not worth their time to replace it, so it's definitely worth searching.

    Hard to say without actually seeing the machine, but if the machine really is hugely loud and you can find someone with an identical machine without the noise, I'd be inclined to take them both into an Apple store, run identical workloads, and then play the "obnoxiously loud Westerner" card.
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