How often does your PC lag? Once a year? One a week? Or once every two weeks? It is frustrating enough when your computer slows down, but it is aggravating when you lose all the work that you never got the chance to save, or you lost due to an extreme virus corrupting your hard drive.
Reasons for a PC failure
Desktop Computers and laptops are created to increase productivity and decrease human effort. In the last decade or so, the computer as a machine and it’s systems have seen a lot of improvement.
However, it still freezes from time to time, maybe not as frequently as it used to but it has not dissolved completely. In this post, we are discussing a few reasons why a computer might freeze.
Defective Memory (RAM):
One of the main causes and probably the most primary reason for a computer to freeze is because of defective RAM modules. When you use a RAM module from an unknown or lesser-known brand, it often results in freezing of computer, removing your ability to control it, meaning that either the keyboard or mouse don’t respond.
Another reason for a PC to freeze might be related to hardware issues. If your computer stops working, you should restart it, disconnect all the connections like CD drives (if any), internet modem, printers, scanners, external hard drives, etc. If any of this hardware is the reason for freezing after disconnecting, then do not connect the hardware back.
Overuse of CPU:
When a user uses the CPU to its maximum extent, at 100%, with several other programs running in the background, it is only justified for a PC to freeze in these situations to avoid any further breakdown. Users can try rebooting by using the Task Manager or pressing and holding the Power key to shut the computer down.
An overheated processor or Graphics card:
The computer functions on a certain degree of temperature. If that temperature exceeds due to overuse of processor and graphics card, the computer will stop working due to saving itself from further damage.
Defective power supply:
This one should be one of the reasons for a computer to freeze, as no one should take the risk of using a defective power supply with any electrically connected devices. Yet defective power supply is one of the most common reasons for a PC failure.
A newly installed third-party software might be the cause of the sudden breakdown of a windows PC too. Before downloading any third-party software, a user should be careful of all the malware that might affect the system as a whole. Buying a registered and licensed software is recommended. It saves you the hassle of handling a broken computer.
Experts could not press this matter enough that how important is it to have an updated antivirus. A computer system running on an old anti-virus can do more loss than good. For one, it takes memory space, and it does not even secure your computer system from all the virus and malware attacks.
BIOS firmware comes pre-installed on a personal computer‘s system board, which controls input and output operations. In several cases, modifying BIOS causes serious issues with the system configuration, and the computer may start freezing.
The above-mentioned reasons that put a computer at risk can be avoided and you can
prevent your system from going to freeze mode with some premeditated measures.
Here are 10 tips you can follow to avoid a pc repair:
- Whenever you install a new RAM to your pc, either your previous RAM was out of Memory, or it stopped working, make sure to install a RAM that you’ve brought from a trusted company. Using a RAM module from an unknown brand, that may be defective, can cause serious problems to your PC.
- If your computer freezes after installing and connecting new hardware, disconnect it immediately to avoid deteriorating of your desktop PC health.
- Avoid using old anti-virus. Keep your antivirus updated at least after two months. Old anti-virus does more harm than good.
- Stop overusing the CPU. If you think you don’t need a program running at the moment, close it to save some disk space and CPU memory. If there are any programs that you don’t use it anymore and you are certain you won’t be needing in the future, uninstall it.
- Run Disk cleanup once a week. Take some time to run a disk cleanup at least once every week. Disk cleanup removes all the unnecessary temporary files from your hard drive.
- Use a safe web browser. Most of the virus attacks are a result of the web browser you use. Research a little about the browsers that are safe for your computer and is immune to virus and malware attacks.
- Don’t just download any software from any site just because they are free. If you need software that you use so frequently, buy it and keep your computer safe.
- Refrain from overheating. Do you know most of PC overheating are purely environmental? It depends on how clean you keep your system. It may not look like much, but the dust that gathers on outside the frame of your CPU may clog the vents and airways of the system if not cleaned from time to time. Clean your CPU, remove the dust, spider web from the fans and other ventilation systems.
- Keep in mind that cheap computers can freeze if there is any kind of power surge issues as well. The power supply unit of your computer must not supply too little or too much voltage. Even if your computer has an updated Operating System, updated anti-virus, a sufficient amount of memory, it can still result in failure due to an inadequate amount of power supply or a sudden surge in voltage.
- Handle the cords carefully and avoid any obstruction in the ventilation system of the computer system. If you use your laptop in bed or put it against some soft surface, it can easily overheat because of the blockage in the air passage. So avoiding that is a good idea. Different cords that are used to charge the system or the cords of your keyboard and mouse and any other device should be handled carefully because if the cord is somehow gets damaged, it will result in system failure.
Apart from these reasons, one should also be careful not to spill any kind of liquid or eat any kind of food near the computer system. One cannot promise that your system will not fail, but it will definitely prolong the system’s life.
By chance, if your computer gets damaged due to any reason, contacting a computer repair service would be the best solution.