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Troubleshooting Laptop Instabilities
By: Barzan "Tony" Antal
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    2008-05-06

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  • Troubleshooting Laptop Instabilities
  • System Instabilities
  • System Instabilities, Continued
  • Final Words

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    Troubleshooting Laptop Instabilities


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    This is the second and final segment of the “Troubleshooting Laptop Hardware Problems” do it yourself mini-guide. Before moving on, we wholeheartedly recommend reading the first part of this series. Throughout this article, we are going to cover strategies on how to diagnose and fix system instabilities.

    In the previous part, our focus was on critical hardware problems that prevent a laptop from booting up and passing the POST (Power on Self-Test) routine. Therefore, if your laptop is suffering from tougher difficulties, then please refer back to the first segment of this guide. If you're dealing with system instabilities, such as lockups, automated random reboots, BSODs, and other weird frustrating dilemmas, just read on.

    Needless to say, we cannot begin without stating the important disclaimer.

    This guide should be used only for educational purposes; it does not replace professional assistance, consulting with a technician, or expert servicing by any means. You really should not try the techniques described here unless you feel totally comfortable working on your laptop and you understand the possible consequences of your actions. Also, experience in the field helps a lot!

    Now we can move on and tackle some of the possible causes of system instabilities. Keep in mind, the symptoms aren’t universal, but most of them are quite common hardware problems that seem to appear quite frequently. Therefore, chances are that your portable notebook might suffer from them.

    This is why it is always worthwhile to test some of the most “popular” hardware problems first because you know what you are looking for. Once you have localized and diagnosed the problem, fixing it becomes routine. However, if the root of problem isn’t popular and looks quite weird, then it requires much more attention to the little details and this still may not yield success. Anyway, read on and have fun.

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