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Why Do Computers Lockup, Freeze?
Computers are our friends for as long as they work, right? We all expect them to
work when we turn them on, but why do they lockup occasionally or become unstable?
In short, think of a computer a complicated traffic center. It is directing electrical
current all over the place to give you a picture you see on the screen. When there
is a traffic jam, there is a crash (you may know it as the blue screen of death.)
In this article we will discuss some (not all of course) the reasons why a computer
freezes or locks up, sometimes causing it to cease from working or functioning normally.
Computers need clean working software and system drivers (software that runs your
hardware) to run smoothly. If a driver is corrupted you could be getting blue screens
or automatic restarts. Like the software, if the computer gets a virus, spyware,
or any other kind of infection, then this will bring it to a creeping if not dead
halt. When hardware begins to act up, it will cause all kinds of errors to pop up.
Hard drives, when they begin to fail may delete files without your consent, and/or
not allow your system to start. Power supplies when failing may allow you to use
your computer until you play a game or access another device like a DVD drive before
the system just turns off or restarts. Heat is a computer killer. Be sure all vents
and heat sinks are dust free and no clogs. Most forget that computers are mainly
electrical bits of data, if the electricity coming into your computer is "dirty"
then so will be the computer. Power spikes, outages, and bad house wiring will harm
a computer in time. Lastly, loose connections are all too common. Be sure to check
your cables on the back side of your computer as well as on the inside. If you do
this, be sure to do this while your computer is powered off and unplugged from the
wall, along with grounding yourself preventing static discharge.
So what do we recommend:
• Stay up-to date on all patches and updates for your computer from Microsoft and
your PC vendor.