I am having a problem with my Dell Inspiron 1525. It is under one year old, but I noticed that this laptop will shut down while I am using it. last night this happened again, and it seemed to be over-heating. Nothing was blocking the air vent as I was working on the kitchen counter. I noticed very hot air coming from the vent at the back. So I unpluged it and left it over-night. This morning it seemed to be working fine, but I am very concerned as this keeps on happening.
The other thing is, this was bought in the US and I am now using it in the UK which uses a different voltage, however, I am using a dell original charger/power cable, (bought from dell) which should covert the current going to the laptop.
Lastly, this computer likes to restart when I've selected to shut down.
Any ideas would be a great help. Thank you!
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I had the same problem, but after removing dust from the inside it works just fine. Although the fan was working it prevented cooling. I recommend trying that first, there's a manual at the dell-page how to open it, and it really needs just a screwdriver...
Dell is selling Laptops that overheat easily but it takes about a year (warranty time) to do so. Then while overheating, regardless of solution, whether deal with it, external fan or clean out dust, the hard drive starts to melt and before you know it, BANG, Dell has a returning customer.
This is disgusting business. Is US people sued for this exact issue. Why are we spending money on a product that is guaranteed to die within 2 years? What sort of garbage is that? The funny thing is, I don't think dell is the only company doing this. Make sure you get an extended warranty that covers this sort of thing and of course, BACK UP YOUR STUFF!!!
I'd be intrigued to find out the answer to this as well, as mine does exactly the same thing! Has done it 3 times today whilst working on a study desk, nothing is blocking the fan whatsoever. Air by it is hot and underneath is hot, but why is it overheating?
Awesome... my Inspiron 1525 was turning off every time I went to process anything intensive for a minute or two... once it hit 85 degrees C, the computer shut down. Now after reading these posts, I thought I might have some dust in the radiator... I hit the Dell website instruction page (http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1525/en/SM/cpucool.htm#wp1179839) and in less than 5 minutes was rendering hi-def video in Adobe Premiere Pro and maxing out at 70C... amazing. Bottom line: Just a little bit of dust in the radiator blocks a tremendous amount of air flow, and will cost you valuable cooling ability.
if your laptop is shutting down at random times, then replace: CPU, and CPU Heatsink. Make sure there is thermal grease between the cpu and heatsink.
Also check the fan, and make sure it is spinning. Checkout a program call Speedfan, I think there on version 4.38, you can have it adjust your fan speeds, and it works well.
Like many of you I have had a hot Inspiron 1525 with the fan constantly on and the laptop getting very hot.
After reading these messages I opened up the bottom of the base, endid the 5 heat sink/radiator screws and lifted out the assembly. Easy.
Unfortunately there was hardly any dust in the radiator part. I was about to reassemble it when I noticed what looked like a flat 'screen' where the fan blows onto the radiator. I though I should clean that too....
I wasn't a screen, it was a plug of compressed dust from 5mm to 20mm wide! THAT's where you have to look!!
I now runs VERY cool with hardly any sound from the fan :-)
My inspiron 1525 also used to automatically shut down without a warning or so. I opened up the back and I was dumbstruck after seeing the layer of dirt that was blocking the heat sink. I cleaned it following the instructions at
Mine is about 5 months old and it hasn't actually done that shut down thing yet but it gets INCREDIBLY hot unless it's on a flat, hard surface like a counter and now it's starting to get hot even in that situation. I hope it does break though, it'd give me an excuse to buy a much better laptop haha. DO NOT BUY AN INSPIRON 1525 ! ! !
hey,... i'm in exactly the same situation as you... bought my inspiron 1525 from the US and now i'm studying abroad in the uk for the year (i got the laptop in august 08) and it overheats and shuts down.
Here's the thing. My previous laptop (shitty Toshiba Satellite did the same thing only worse so I had to have the fans replaced) so I knew no to use it in bed/on the couch etc. It was always on my desk. Sooo... with all this previous knowledge... I decided about 3 months ago when it last shut down that I would stick something under it, in the back, so that air could pass between it and the desk. And that seemed to work perfectly until today, when it overheated and shut down WHILE elevated on the book thing. I'm so exasperated. What does it take, or how much does it cost to get a laptop that doesn't have this problem?? At this point i'll pay anything I only got this one because I thought it was going to be loads better than my old Toshiba.
Oh and don't you think the mouse pad is a bit weird? after a while of researching a paper online, say, my finger gets kinda sore from dragging over it. This never happened before w/ my old one. Is it just me or is this odd?
It's DUST BUNNIES!!!!! I was about to buy an external fan for $60 as my laptop (aged 11 months) could fry eggs it was getting so hot! Andrea's comment was spot on! I took off the back panel and saw a HUGE dust bunny - I cleaned it with a super soft sable paintbrush - dont forget to brush the back panel before you reassemble it, I had dust on it too.
Well, wanna give you guys an advice that worked for me - no overheating, or at least it's working better.
In your Inspiron 1525 Bios go to Performance, HDD acoustic and choose the noisier option. I decided to test this option because someone told me that the overheating could be happening for some HD problem...changed this configuration and VOI LA...it's working... By default, this inspiron brings a configuration that is related to old hard drives...I dont think it's the case now.
m having same prob,wen my lapi was under warranty I called them (after 45 min)m able to talk wid them..they told me to diagnosis it.i hv done that and atlast der was no prob came out.but m suffering from it again and again..i like this lapi ..but next time even if I never suggest people to buy it..very bad service and poor communication
Well, I had same shutting down problem as many of you...I hurled curses at dell every single day....it just shut down abruptly when idle, when watching videos, when doing heavy stuff, etc etc.
I checked dell diagnostics n everything showed up fine. Even the fan. I thought that hardware is ok. But then I read this blog and decided to open up my lappy. I thought why not give it a try and it actually worked. I saw a huge black dust cotton ball blocking the air outlet of the fan.
I turned on the laptop and ran a thing that always failed. It runs. I can run antivirus scan again. It is actualy cured. I cannot believe it.
I have had a Dell 1525 Inspiron for about 6 months now, it has had a problem overheating and shutting down and the fan does not cut in to cool it down. So I called Dell; they took it away the first time and it had a new motherboard, but still it overheated, then an engineer came to replace the motherboard and fan/heat sink assembly, still it overheated. So next time they took it back and replaced the motherboard and fan/heat sink assembly. Now it worked for maybe 2 days and then started overheating AGAIN.
What do you have to do for them to replace the laptop?????
I have the dell inspiron 1525, Honestly I treat it like a desktop, I have had it for a little under a year, I leave it on for days at a time, I do have a cooling pad for it, along with the everest program to check out its stats when I feel something isnt working properly. Just yesterday it shut off from overheating for the first time, I took the entire laptop apart and found a giant clump of dust stuck in the fan. Needles to say when I put it back together it worked better then before and has been on for about 18 hours straight again. Knock on wood, the dell inspiron 1525 in my mind is a tank, a tank in a plastic frame..but I have dropped mine, fried the optical drive, burnt the right rear USB's up, and completely dissected it more then once, yet it still keeps running. But my advice to keep it from shutting down from overheating...Try to take it apart and remove the fan and clean it (dust can get trapped in hard to reach spots causing resistance or failure of the fan) Or you were just unlucky enough to get one that runs hot, so check out the web for a more powerful fan.