Let’s talk about problems typical for Toshiba Satellite A60 and A65 notebooks. Do you own one of these laptops? Is it working fine for you?
Here are some typical issues I’ve notices with this model.

1. First of all – overheating
Does your laptop shuts down without any reason when you ran CPU intensive programs? If yes, then most likely it happens because the laptop overheats. It happens because overtime the heatsink gets clogged with dust. A layer of dust collects between the cooling fan and the heat sink (dashed line on the picture) and heat produces by the processor gets trapped inside the laptop. As a result of that, the processor overheats and the laptop shuts down.
Clogged fan

There are two different way to clean the heat sink and fan in these models:
- Buy a can of compressed air or find an air compressor and blow off the heat sink through the air intakes on the bottom of the laptop.
- Remove the keyboard and you’ll get an access to the cooling fan. Blow off dust from the fan and the heat sink.
In some cases the laptop overheats because of defective cooling fan. The fan should start working as soon as you power up the laptop. If the fan will not star, most likely it’s bad and must be replaced. You can find a new heat sink cooling fan for Satellite A60 and A65 notebooks by the following part number: V000042110.

2. Defective onboard memory

Here’s another common problem – bad onboard memory. This memory is integrated into the motherboard and if it goes bad you’ll have to replace the entire motherboard.
If your laptop starts with some weird characters or lines of dots on the screen, most likely you have a faulty onboard memory. If you test the laptop with an external monitor, you’ll see the same defective video on the external monitor too. You can test the onboard memory with Memtest86+ utility. Remove any external RAM modules and run the memory test. If the onboard memory fails, you’ll have to replace the motherboard.
The integrated memory module is located close by the memory extension slot, under the foil.
Bad onboard memory

UPDATE: If you have bad memory, you should read this comment.

3. Last but not least – power jack issue.

With Satellite A60 and A65 notebooks this problem is not as common as with Satellite M30X, M35X, A70 and A75, but it’s still a problem. Overtime, the power jack might get loose and the positive pin stops making a good contact with the motherboard anymore. As a result, the laptop switches to the battery power even though the power adapter is still plugged in. Usually you can temporally fix the problem by adjusting the power adapter plug on the back of the laptop, but after some time the problem reappears.
In this case you’ll have to disassemble the laptop, remove the motherboard and resolder the power jack.
Loose power jack

Do you experience the same problems or you have another issue with your Satellite A60 or A65 notebook? Please share your experience.

Instructions for replacing laptop power jack yourself

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431 Comments

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  1. 381
    cold-zone Says:

    did some one know where i can find the CPU cooling fan not the video one
    on mexico

  2. 380
    Goodluck Gunda Says:

    Hanging of a computer during using internet is caused by;
    1. High internet speed where as your your network card doen’t support.

    2. A corrupted internet browser that you are particulary using on your mashine.

    3. Some times it may be a virus.

    4. unnecessary files in your computer which were by takes hold of your RAM.( try deleting cookies, run disk clean up, scan for virus,delete programs that you don’t use them.)

    5. Update your programs

  3. 379
    cj2600 Says:

    Mishuk,

    Hi,my laptop have a hanging proble,mostly when i use Internet.what can i do?

    What problem?

  4. 378
    Mishuk Says:

    Hi,my laptop have a hanging proble,mostly when i use Internet.what can i do? please give me a good advice.

  5. 377
    gamei56 Says:

    I cut off the chips and cleaned up the solder with a soldering tool. Put in an external module and turned it on. I hear a spark and then I smell plastic burning. The ATI chip fried.

  6. 376
    hcm Says:

    so if i remove the 8 cips off memory it works?

  7. 375
    gamei56 Says:

    I managed to cut off the 8 chips for memory with a craft knife, but when I tried to turn it on outside of the laptop case it turns on for a few seconds, no beep, and then it turns off.

    Would I have to clean the 8 chips with a soldering braid?

  8. 374
    steve graham Says:

    Hi
    i have a problem hope you can help
    i was re-assembling the laptop after cleaning
    and was attaching the little white switch on
    the mobo when the other end of the
    cable snapped one red wire one black i think its the power switch cable but im not sure and i dont want to blow the mobo
    help! thanks

  9. 373
    gamei56 Says:

    I have a Satellite A65 with faulty RAM. I’ve read the comments here. Would using an exacto knife to cut off the onboard RAM actually work?

  10. 372
    Stanley cantave Says:

    I removed the CPU and reinstalled also took memory out but, still have the same problem. It is starting to sound like I need a new laptop

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