Some Toshiba laptops will automatically and unexpectedly shut down when you haven't commanded them to, which can be very inconvenient and frustrating. If your Toshiba laptop does this, it's likely caused by one of two things, both of which can be fixed: a setting has been improperly adjusted, or the computer is overheating. Both of these problems can be diagnosed and corrected with some troubleshooting.
Check the "Power Options" settings in the control panel. Some laptops are designed to shut down after a certain amount of inactivity. If the power options are not configured to do this, or if after changing your settings the laptop continues to auto shutdown, proceed to the next step.
Turn off the power to the laptop.
Use a can of compressed air to spray air into the vents and keyboard of the laptop. This will dislodge any dust or materials that may be clogging your computer's vents, which creates heat and can cause the computer to shut itself down.
Use a shop vac to suck out any additional dust or other particles that the can of compressed air cannot reach.
Turn the computer back on and continue to use it normally, likely without any further auto shutdown problems.
Tips & Warnings
- If shutdown problems still persist after following these steps, there may be a problem with the computer hardware itself. You should take your laptop to an authorized repair facility to have someone repair the laptop.
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