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My laptop is overheating and shutting down

My laptop is over heating ... could it be the fan or something else?

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Donna goforth, yes it sure could be. First thing to check is that the air inlet vents are not obstructed. If those are good, you will have to disassemble your Laptop.. the clean it properly of any kind of dust etc. Replace the thermal paste on the CPU and check the fan. I would definitely replace the fan since the computer is disassembled anyway. Use this decent video to work on your Toshiba.

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Most of the time with older laptops the thermal grease between the heatsink and CPU gets dried out. you have to remove the motherboard and remove the old thermal compound and apply a new one and put everything back together. This is IF the fan is working properly, sometimes you will also get a lot of dirt on the heatsink you want to blow this out with compressed air since you have everything apart anyway.

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