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My friend's laptop has a tendency to turn itself off every once in a while. I don't have access to it, but I would like to install a utility that constantly monitors its state and logs it somewhere, so I can take a look at the traces just before it shut down. (Something similar to SAR logs for Linux)

Do you have a recommendation for such utility?

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You didn't specify the OS. From your question it is not clear if the laptop is running Linux or not. –  vtest Nov 6 '10 at 10:16
    
what system-windows is event veiwer detailed enough? –  mic84 Nov 6 '10 at 10:28

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This should log all you require- Splunk.

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