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Windows 7: My Dell xps 15 laptop shuts down every 2 hours, exactly

01 Oct 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
My Dell xps 15 laptop shuts down every 2 hours, exactly

I have this really strange recurring problem with my dell xps laptop, and it started with me sending it into repairs to replace the chipset, so I wonder if it has anything to do with that. My computer functions fine, it does not overclock or overheat at all according to the diagnostic tools I have checked, and is otherwise an extremely functional machine, aside from the fact that it crashes (no BSOD, no automatic restart, just sudden shut down with no warning, losing me all unsaved work) EXACTLY (this is the interesting part) every 2 hours. And when I say exactly 2 hours, I mean pretty much to the minute. Any process explorers I used inform me that there were no noticeable spikes around the time of the shut down (or should I say crash) and I have rigorously tested the battery pack and power cable to ensure this is not a power issue (which would make little sense anyway, with the crashes happening at precise 2 hour intervals). it could be running one chrome window, a video and a chrome window, or zero significant system processes at the two hour mark, the crash comes all the same. did a little research and apparently this is a common complaint for windows 7 RC systems in 2010 that have not been properly activated, hence windows activating the bi-hourly shutoff. Funny thing is I have windows 7 home premium, an activated and completely legal version, which has been functioning well for 3 years until this time. it really is getting sort of maddening, and my laptop repair place just basically told me they have no idea what's going on, so I'm desperate, and as far as the internet tells me, this is an obscure windows activation problem that hasn't been a serious issue for people since 2011. any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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01 Oct 2013   #2

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Welcome to the Forum kaziska.
When your repair shop replaced the chip set for your motherboard it could of changed how Micorosoft sees your motherboard.
That could cause a activation problem.
**You could take it back to the repair shop and explain this and ask for help.
**You could also do this and let our experts take a look at the log it produces. They will be able to see if their is a activation problem.

By Brink:
Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

Let us know what you decide.
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02 Oct 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

thanks layback bear! (also thanks for not telling me to check my battery) the general consensus among my techie friends seems to be a mobo incompatibility, so I sent it back and another repair place has suggested they can install a better chipset in about two days. I shall inform you of the result.
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02 Oct 2013   #4

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kaziska View Post
I have this really strange recurring problem with my dell xps laptop, and it started with me sending it into repairs to replace the chipset, so I wonder if it has anything to do with that. My computer functions fine, it does not overclock or overheat at all according to the diagnostic tools I have checked, and is otherwise an extremely functional machine, aside from the fact that it crashes (no BSOD, no automatic restart, just sudden shut down with no warning, losing me all unsaved work) EXACTLY (this is the interesting part) every 2 hours. And when I say exactly 2 hours, I mean pretty much to the minute. Any process explorers I used inform me that there were no noticeable spikes around the time of the shut down (or should I say crash) and I have rigorously tested the battery pack and power cable to ensure this is not a power issue (which would make little sense anyway, with the crashes happening at precise 2 hour intervals). it could be running one chrome window, a video and a chrome window, or zero significant system processes at the two hour mark, the crash comes all the same. did a little research and apparently this is a common complaint for windows 7 RC systems in 2010 that have not been properly activated, hence windows activating the bi-hourly shutoff. Funny thing is I have windows 7 home premium, an activated and completely legal version, which has been functioning well for 3 years until this time. it really is getting sort of maddening, and my laptop repair place just basically told me they have no idea what's going on, so I'm desperate, and as far as the internet tells me, this is an obscure windows activation problem that hasn't been a serious issue for people since 2011. any ideas? Thanks in advance!
Hi kaziska,

Welcome to the community.

Please let us know if the chipset(motherboard) was replaced by us or from a local repair shop. You should post under Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions if you think it is a windows activation.

Make sure that you have disabled automatic restart to ensure you get BSOD on the system:

Dump Files - Configure Windows to Create on BSOD

Also, perform clean boot of the system to isolate the issue:

Clean Boot

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
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07 Oct 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

sorry it took me some time, got my new-new chipsetted laptop back from the shop, (afraid it was an unlicensed dealer, generally cheaper because my warranty's expired, and thankfully they fully refunded me when the problem didn't go away) didn't fix it, installed ubuntu briefly, didn't fix it, performed a clean windows 7 hp install, didn't fix it, so I am nearing the end of my rope (not with anyone here of course, just my darn machine). reactivation didn't work either, but for all it's worth, here's minitoolbox logs of the last couple of hours; the computer shut down unexpectedly AGAIN on the two hour mark at a little bit before 9.25pm, and true enough there is some interesting jiggery pokery going on there. any idea what it could mean?


MiniToolBox by Farbar Version: 13-07-2013
Ran by Kazimir Lee Iskander (administrator) on 07-10-2013 at 21:54:04
Running from "C:\Users\Kazimir Lee Iskander\Desktop"
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64)
Boot Mode: Normal
***************************************************************************
========================= Hosts content: =================================




========================= Event log errors: ===============================

Application errors:
==================
Error: (10/07/2013 09:52:26 PM) (Source: WinMgmt) (User: )
Description: //./root/CIMV2SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 990x80041003

Error: (10/07/2013 09:25:22 PM) (Source: WinMgmt) (User: )
Description: //./root/CIMV2SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 990x80041003

Error: (10/07/2013 09:21:15 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2) (User: )
Description: Failed extract of third-party root list from auto update cab at: <http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/trustedr/en/authrootstl.cab> with error: A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.
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Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2) (User: )
Description: Failed extract of third-party root list from auto update cab at: <http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/trustedr/en/authrootstl.cab> with error: A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.
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Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2) (User: )
Description: Failed extract of third-party root list from auto update cab at: <http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/trustedr/en/authrootstl.cab> with error: A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.
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Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2) (User: )
Description: Failed extract of third-party root list from auto update cab at: <http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/trustedr/en/authrootstl.cab> with error: A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.
.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2) (User: )
Description: Failed extract of third-party root list from auto update cab at: <http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/trustedr/en/authrootstl.cab> with error: A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.
.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2) (User: )
Description: Failed extract of third-party root list from auto update cab at: <http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/trustedr/en/authrootstl.cab> with error: A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.
.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:34 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2) (User: )
Description: Failed extract of third-party root list from auto update cab at: <http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/trustedr/en/authrootstl.cab> with error: A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.
.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:34 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2) (User: )
Description: Failed extract of third-party root list from auto update cab at: <http://www.download.windowsupdate.com/msdownload/update/v3/static/trustedr/en/authrootstl.cab> with error: A required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.
.


System errors:
=============
Error: (10/07/2013 09:50:38 PM) (Source: HECIx64) (User: )
Description: Intel® Management Engine Interface driver has failed to perform handshake with the Firmware.

Error: (10/07/2013 09:47:43 PM) (Source: ACPI) (User: )
Description: : The embedded controller (EC) did not respond within the specified timeout period. This may indicate that there is an error in the EC hardware or firmware or that the BIOS is accessing the EC incorrectly. You should check with your computer manufacturer for an upgraded BIOS. In some situations, this error may cause the computer to function incorrectly.

Error: (10/07/2013 09:47:38 PM) (Source: ACPI) (User: )
Description: : The embedded controller (EC) did not respond within the specified timeout period. This may indicate that there is an error in the EC hardware or firmware or that the BIOS is accessing the EC incorrectly. You should check with your computer manufacturer for an upgraded BIOS. In some situations, this error may cause the computer to function incorrectly.

Error: (10/07/2013 09:47:33 PM) (Source: ACPI) (User: )
Description: : The embedded controller (EC) did not respond within the specified timeout period. This may indicate that there is an error in the EC hardware or firmware or that the BIOS is accessing the EC incorrectly. You should check with your computer manufacturer for an upgraded BIOS. In some situations, this error may cause the computer to function incorrectly.

Error: (10/07/2013 09:47:28 PM) (Source: ACPI) (User: )
Description: : The embedded controller (EC) did not respond within the specified timeout period. This may indicate that there is an error in the EC hardware or firmware or that the BIOS is accessing the EC incorrectly. You should check with your computer manufacturer for an upgraded BIOS. In some situations, this error may cause the computer to function incorrectly.

Error: (10/07/2013 09:47:23 PM) (Source: ACPI) (User: )
Description: : The embedded controller (EC) did not respond within the specified timeout period. This may indicate that there is an error in the EC hardware or firmware or that the BIOS is accessing the EC incorrectly. You should check with your computer manufacturer for an upgraded BIOS. In some situations, this error may cause the computer to function incorrectly.

Error: (10/07/2013 09:23:37 PM) (Source: HECIx64) (User: )
Description: Intel® Management Engine Interface driver has failed to perform handshake with the Firmware.

Error: (10/07/2013 09:24:07 PM) (Source: EventLog) (User: )
Description: The previous system shutdown at 9:21:19 PM on ?7/?10/?2013 was unexpected.

Error: (10/07/2013 07:37:54 PM) (Source: HECIx64) (User: )
Description: Intel® Management Engine Interface driver has failed to perform handshake with the Firmware.

Error: (10/07/2013 07:34:02 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-WindowsUpdateClient) (User: NT AUTHORITY)
Description: Installation Failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x80070643: Windows Update Core.


Microsoft Office Sessions:
=========================
Error: (10/07/2013 09:52:26 PM) (Source: WinMgmt)(User: )
Description: //./root/CIMV2SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 990x80041003

Error: (10/07/2013 09:25:22 PM) (Source: WinMgmt)(User: )
Description: //./root/CIMV2SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 990x80041003

Error: (10/07/2013 09:21:15 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2)(User: )
Description: http://www.download....uthrootstl.cabA required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2)(User: )
Description: http://www.download....uthrootstl.cabA required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2)(User: )
Description: http://www.download....uthrootstl.cabA required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2)(User: )
Description: http://www.download....uthrootstl.cabA required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2)(User: )
Description: http://www.download....uthrootstl.cabA required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:42 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2)(User: )
Description: http://www.download....uthrootstl.cabA required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:34 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2)(User: )
Description: http://www.download....uthrootstl.cabA required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.

Error: (10/07/2013 08:42:34 PM) (Source: Microsoft-Windows-CAPI2)(User: )
Description: http://www.download....uthrootstl.cabA required certificate is not within its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file.


=========================== Installed Programs ============================

Dell System Detect (Version: 5.3.0.3)
Google Chrome (Version: 30.0.1599.69)
Google Update Helper (Version: 1.3.21.153)
Java 7 Update 40 (Version: 7.0.400)
Java Auto Updater (Version: 2.1.9.8)
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile (Version: 4.0.30319)
Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Extended (Version: 4.0.30319)
NVIDIA Control Panel 327.23 (Version: 327.23)
NVIDIA Graphics Driver 327.23 (Version: 327.23)
NVIDIA Install Application (Version: 2.1002.133.902)
Realtek Ethernet Controller All-In-One Windows Driver (Version: 1.12.0016)
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver (Version: 6.0.1.6312)
Windows Driver Package - Intel (NETw5s64) net (05/31/2010 13.2.1.5) (Version: 05/31/2010 13.2.1.5)
Windows Driver Package - Intel (NETw5v64) net (05/31/2010 13.2.1.5) (Version: 05/31/2010 13.2.1.5)

========================= Devices: ================================

Name: Intel® Management Engine Interface
Description: Intel® Management Engine Interface
Class Guid: {4d36e97d-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
Manufacturer: Intel
Service: HECIx64
Problem: : This device cannot start. (Code10)
Resolution: Device failed to start. Click "Update Driver" to update the drivers for this device.
On the "General Properties" tab of the device, click "Troubleshoot" to start the troubleshooting wizard.

Name: Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller
Description: Universal Serial Bus (USB) Controller
Class Guid:
Manufacturer:
Service:
Problem: : The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)
Resolution: To install the drivers for this device, click "Update Driver", which starts the Hardware Update wizard.

Name:
Description:
Class Guid:
Manufacturer:
Service:
Problem: : The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)
Resolution: To install the drivers for this device, click "Update Driver", which starts the Hardware Update wizard.


========================= Memory info: ===================================

Percentage of memory in use: 25%
Total physical RAM: 6076.38 MB
Available physical RAM: 4524.34 MB
Total Pagefile: 12150.96 MB
Available Pagefile: 10430.52 MB
Total Virtual: 4095.88 MB
Available Virtual: 3963.3 MB

========================= Partitions: =====================================

1 Drive c: (OS) (Fixed) (Total:451.07 GB) (Free:188.85 GB) NTFS
3 Drive f: (RECOVERY) (Fixed) (Total:14.65 GB) (Free:7.87 GB) NTFS

========================= Users: ========================================

User accounts for \\PORK10

Administrator Guest Kazimir Lee Iskander
UpdatusUser

========================= Minidump Files ==================================

No minidump file found


**** End of log ****
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08 Oct 2013   #6

Winndows 7 32 bit
 
 

Hi kaziska,

If the issue occurred with a clean installation of Ubuntu as well then it doesn't seem to be an issue with the Windows activation.

What are the temperature of the system while it is running. Have you considered replacing the heat-sink and fans of the system.

If the system is under warranty then please contact me through a private message and provide me your service tag and contact information so I may access your system records.

And, if the system is out of warranty then you contact our Expired Warranty Support at the link below:

http://dell.to/12LmNBq

Keep us posted with the results so we can advise you further.
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