Averatec 3200 shuts down without warning

I had an Averatec 3250H1-01 that shutdown after a few minutes running. Sometimes it would last long enough to get into Windows & other times it would barely make through the BIOS self-test.

I immediately suspected a power supply/battery problem, since that was the original issue. But, after a little thought, I decided to see if the real problem was overheating. After pulling off the CPU cover & removing the heatsink, I was amazed to see that there was almost no heatsink compound left and what there was of it had become hardened & crusty.

After a little isopropyl alcohol & cotton swab action to clean off the old junk, some fresh ArcticSilver and I was back in business!

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