@ babedinkleman & JWarfComputers,
HaHa...I know these posts are old, but there are enough of these old Inspirons still around that someone or two may benefit by these answers.
*The LCD cable-kink-thing, I solved by cutting away some metal where the cable bends, (with tin snips) then smoothing it with a fine file..Just get it so it doesn't pinch at 90 degrees.
*For the piece of tin foil in the upper-left corner, just reposition it so it isolates the power jack. Everything is way too tight in that little space. Anything to insulate the power post would be ideal.
I have had both of those problems, only ONCE. I don't know why Dan & Sherry were having recurring problems, but even my overheating never came back.
*There is one more problem, related to the two above, that I just solved, and another thing to try when your Inspiron shuts off unexpectedly....remove the screw from the back/left side (not the bottom/left). It creates a short when it is positioned in a 'one in a million' position. Over the years, what, with wear and tear and all, it doesn't surprise me that it can happen in that tight space. If you are the anal retentive type, then put in a plastic, brass, SS, etc. screw. Just leave the pot metal out.
None of this costs anything and it is challenging. Since the Inspiron 1000 has no service manual, you can download the one for the 1200. That's what I use. After you dismantle your Inspiron once, you really won't believe how simple it really is.
There is a consistency of a broken mounting post of the Northbridge heat sink (it looks like a waffle iron) on the Dell Inspiron 1000 Motherboard (MB). This causes the heat sink to eventually swing freely over MB shorting out the circuitry wherever it touches. Often this kills the MB.
If you notice this heat sink loose on a MB you are interested in buying I would suggest you pass it by and buy another MB.
Two important things that you should do to fix a laptop which keeps shutting down are:
1- Scanning computer to eliminate malwares, spywares and the viruses from your laptop.
2- Repairing and cleaning Windows registry.
These two tips are found to be very helpful to fix the laptop shutdown problem.
I also got some help from this article
Hope it works for you.
In general, I would never suggest someone 'repair and clean' the registry for a shutdown problem. It wouldn't do squat for a hardware problem, and could damage the system. Glad it worked for you, though.
Aside from the fact that this discussion is rather outdated because the original poster's question was posted months ago, I agree about the need not to "repair and clean" the registry.
I don't support the use of so called "registry cleaners" because they can aggravate a situation and take steps we are many times not manually aware of.
It is better not to resort to such programs if you don't know what is happening with the proposed fix and the registry. Otherwise, a change to the registry can make a system unbootable by one mistake. Here are some good discussions:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Are-registry-cleaners-necessary http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=28099 http://cwsandiego.com/2010/11/16/registry-cleaners-proceed-with-caution/ http://blogs.technet.com/b/markrussinovich/archive/2005/10/02/registry-junk-a-windows-fact-of-life.aspx http://www.whatthetech.com/2007/11/25/do-i-need-a-registry-cleaner/ http://billpstudios.blogspot.com/2007/04/do-i-need-registry-cleaner.html
If you absolutely must use a registry cleaner, always backup the registry first:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Back-up-the-registry
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