PC Keeps Freezing Up

June 8, 2009

For most of the time, when this happens, the only alternative is to press Ctrl – Alt – Del all at the same time. You will see a box pop up and you will see a list of programs that are currently running on your machine.

The obvious quick fix is to not leave your computer on for two or three days at a time. In fact, I’d give you this advice even if you weren’t having this problem. Windows tends to get unstable over time, and a reboot refreshes it. Besides, leaving the computer on all the time wastes electricity.

You should either shut it down or hibernate it at the end of every workday. Hibernating the computer won’t refresh Windows the way a full boot does, but it’s faster and lets you start the day exactly where you left off. From the hardware’s point of view (and I suspect you’ve got a hardware problem), there’s no difference between shutting down and hibernating a PC.

But that’s hardly a real fix, so let’s try to figure out what’s going on.

Most of the time, a computer freezes up simply because it does not have access to enough RAM. Hence, the most ideal way to solve this frozen screen problem is to get RAM with a larger capacity.

Every computer requires a certain amount of RAM available to run certain programs. When a program is opened, this particular program uses up part of the memory from the RAM.

Therefore, when there are some constraints in memory, the computer would not be able to take in all programs at one go, and the screen will just freeze, until it finds some free space to process the programs.

Loading too many programs at the same time when starting up your computer can also cause your computer screen to freeze. You are advised to make the necessary changes so that programs you don’t need, do NOT run the minute you switch on your PC.

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