Things you don’t want to see when you boot your laptop

A problem with the cooling system has been detected

On the positive side:

  • The laptop immediately cranked down its CPU speed to avoid overheating
  • A sharp whack on the desk seems to have brought the fan back to life - at least for now...

Comments (8)

  1. Joe says:

    This has happened to me several times with my Toshiba Tecra 9000.

    What’s yours?

    Fortunately (or unfortunately, because the warranty runs out next March), it only happens once every few months…

  2. At least it informed you 😀

  3. This was on a Toshiba Portege 3500

  4. It’s a good thing you took the time to take a screenshot, and upload it somewhere then :-).

  5. When I realised that it had slowed down on its own, I wasn’t so worried about damage, so I went ahead and captured the screenshot. It sure took a long time, though… felt like it was running at 100 MHz 🙂

  6. Jeff Handley says:

    Hi Jonathan,

    I have been experiencing this problem with my Portege 3505 for some time now. Toshiba has been unable to correct it. They most recently replaced the system board but to no avail.

    I was curious if you ever got this corrected somehow. My 2-year extended warranty runs out in less than a week and this happens to me about 50% of the time I use the Portgege in tablet mode while on battery.


    Jeff Handley

  7. Jeff – I only saw it that one time, the laptop’s been working fine ever since.

  8. Jeff Handley says:

    Thanks for letting me know Jonathan.

    I updated my Power Saver properties to keep the Cooling method on ‘Maximum Performance’ for all modes where the Processor is set to ‘Performance’. I haven’t experienced this error since making that change, so hopefully that will do it for me!

    Thanks again,

    Jeff Handley

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