Having problems with your Gateway MX6445 Notebook ?

Can any laptop hard drive be used to replace? Gateway mx6445

\015 Computer boots and after about 3 minutes the computer locks up.\015

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Have you noticed if the FANS are running or not? 3 minutes is about allit would take to overheat the CPU and lock up. Might want to check thatfirst before you take anything apart! Get some compressed air and blowout the vents around the CPU. You may just have a fan failure. Dog orCat hair (or human) can get pulled into the fan and stop it cold.

But it kinda sounds like a hot bit in RAM and not a Hard Drive issue. There is an easy way to figure it out. If you have a Knoppix Live CD (Run from CD) drop it onto the CD drive and boot to it. That way we're not going to load ANYTHING from the Hard Drive (I love this trick). If you don't have the Knoppix disc, go download it on a different computer and burn it to CD.
Here is a link to Purdue U. They are a mirror site for Knoppix. It's all on the level.
ftp://csociety-ftp.ecn.purdue.edu/pub/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V6.0.1CD-2009-02-08-EN.iso

This will get you the CD version.
Once you've got thisready to go, boot it up and see if Knoppix locks up the same way windows is. I'm assuming it's windows, please correct me if I'm wrong. If it does then we need to look at the RAM SoDIMM stick. This will be under one of the small removable panels on the underside of your laptop. There are usually 2 or 3 of these panels. 1 covers the hard drive, one will cover the memory socket and you may even see a wireless card in there as well. What you want to do is remove the battery and unplug it from all power adapters. Next, you are going to want to inspect the connections so get a flashlight, it helps. If anything looks like its not seated FULLY, re-seat it. Actually, just reseat the memory chip anyway. Take it completely out and place it in an anti-static bag if you have one, or just set it on something that can't hold a static charge, like a tile counter top, or a wood desk. Now, replace all the covers and put the battery back in and start the unit. Let it boot to Hard Drive, if it seems to run fine at this point, you know it was just a bad memory stick. They do go bad, I know, I have a dud sitting here in front of me that caused me a lot of issues before I figured it out.
The Knoppix CD is just to see if it's something on the hard drive causing it to lock up.

Start there and let me know the results of this test. If it doesn't work the way I've described, then we may have some Viruses or Malware to take care of.
Reinstall Operating system.
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