Dell Inspiron 1521 HELP PLEASE!

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fordummys Posts 2 Registration date Tuesday November 29, 2011 Status Member Last seen November 29, 2011 - Nov 29, 2011 at 06:23 AM
bluenose Posts 172 Registration date Tuesday November 22, 2011 Status Member Last seen January 31, 2013 - Jan 11, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Hello,

My Dell Inspiron random quit working one day. When i turn it on it comes to the Main screen (where it asks for my passoword) and its fine, then it continues to load. it stays working for less than 5 minutes before it shuts down. When i try to restart it the caps lock keep flashes. and I have to wait atleast a hour brfore I can start or try to start my computer again. I know nothing about computers. but have been searching for days. I have no problem doing a factory reset, but would like to get my picstures off first. Please help! Thanks, Dummy

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bluenose Posts 172 Registration date Tuesday November 22, 2011 Status Member Last seen January 31, 2013 32
Nov 29, 2011 at 06:53 AM
Looks like an overheating problem to me.

Check the fan if it works properly on boot up. Also, you might want to take it to a computer technician, especially if the GPU overheats, as this is one of the few laptop parts which once burned-out is not interchangeable.
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fordummys Posts 2 Registration date Tuesday November 29, 2011 Status Member Last seen November 29, 2011
Nov 29, 2011 at 06:58 AM
Nothing happens when i try and start it back. just the flashing light. what is a GPU?
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bluenose Posts 172 Registration date Tuesday November 22, 2011 Status Member Last seen January 31, 2013 32
Jan 11, 2012 at 06:50 AM
GPU is your graphics card. These components of the hardware tend to malfunction by overheating.
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