My computer crashes, what should I do?
If your computer is crashing, there is something wrong. This post will help you identify what is wrong with your PC computer, and what can be done to fix it.
The first thing you want to do is figure out how your computer is crashing.
Is it crashing with a stop error (blue screen)? Is it overheating and shutting off? Or is it shutting off when a specific action is done (e.g.) running a certain program. Or maybe, it’s just shutting off at random times, and is not happening in any pattern? If one of those four things is happening to you, read on, we may be able to solve your problem.
Blue Screen Of Death Error
The blue screen of death errors is one of the most common crashes on a PC. A blue screen occurs when a critical error stops the Windows operating system from working correctly. The memory is dumped, and you have to restart your pc. The Blue Screen error is so vast, I decided it’d be best for it to have its own article. If you are having the Blue Screen error, view the article here This article talks about what you should do if you have a blue screen, how to identify what is causing it, and what steps need to be done to fix it. It will also contain information on the most common bluescreen errors if you are studying them.
Overheating and Shutting Off
When your computer over heats and shuts off, it means one of two things. You could have ran out of RAM (random access memory), or your computer might be getting too hot, and it shut down to prevent damage.
You can check your CPU Usage by opening task manager. If it is high, such as in the 80’s or 90’s, you will want to end non-system processes that are using a lot of cpu usage. If your computer is crashing due to lack of RAM, you will also want to end processes, as that will make more RAM available to use. If you find yourself constantly running out of RAM you may want to buy some more (most computers allow you to add more RAM).
If it is shutting down because it’s simply too hot, try adjusting the computer so more air can get to it. Also try cleaning out the fan. I once had a computer start smoking because the fan was too dirty and it could not get enough air.
When your computer crashes when a certain action is done, such as running a specific program, it could be a problem with the program itself, or your computer might not have good enough specs to run the program. The best thing to do would be to check to see what is causing the error, which is actually pretty easy to do.
You can view the Event Viewer, a useful tool to see what is going on with your computer, by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then clicking Event Viewer. Once you open it, click Windows Logs and click the System tab. Check for any red error icons or exclamation icons. The two sections you want to pay attention to are Critical and Error.
If your computer is shutting down randomly, you may have a virus, or a driver issue (listed below). There are viruses that can mess with your registry and crash your system, or just shut it down for the sake of shutting it down. It is recommended you run a virus scan to check for any viruses that may be hidden on your system. I’d personally recommend Malwarebytes Anti Malware. A full post explaining how to install and use it will be coming soon.
In All Cases
Update your computers drivers. If you don’t know what drivers are, basically drivers are software that allow your computer to communicate with the hardware (the stuff inside your computer). If your drivers are not up to date, they may not be able to do their job correctly. Computer manufacturers release updates for drivers in order to help them keep doing their job as new software comes out. Here is a list of manufacture websites, just go to whatever one made your computer.