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Why does starting up while cold make a laptop run slowly until I restart it after it’s warmed up?

During these winter months, I'm finding that my Laptop only boots properly when fully warmed up. If booting in the morning, the screen appears blank. After leaving it in this state for 15-20 minutes, and restarting, its usually fine.

What could be wrong?

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marked as duplicate by Jeff Atwood Dec 19 '09 at 10:57

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Geez. How cold does the laptop get? Are you keeping the laptop in your car? –  rodey Dec 18 '09 at 14:33
    
Duplicate of: superuser.com/questions/78765/… –  eleven81 Dec 18 '09 at 15:51

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It could be a lose connection or cable. Temperature changes cause them to contact and expand. Is it just the screen not working when cold or is it actually not booting? Try it with an external monitor to be sure. It could be the LCD screen is bad. If it is not booting, try boot from a CD. It could be a hard drive.

Laptops are often not economical to repair. A replacement LCD screen can cost as much as new laptop. Hard drives are little less expensive, but still consider if the cost is worth it. For an older laptop I would probably replace it instead of repairing it.

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