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PC Randomly Crashing


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#1 Afrochubman

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:58 PM

Last night I was on my computer and it randomly crashed while I was playing Outlast (lol kind of scared me thought it was the game) and I just thought it was the outlet at my friends house because we had a lot of things plugged in and it would make sense. But then the next morning I was playing Dead Space 3 and it crashed again. So I switched outlets and it worked fine. Then when I came back home, about 5 mins ago I was playing Gmod and it crashed again. So there is obviously something wrong. Idk what though. It seems like what happens is it just shuts off completely, then only my light on my power button comes on. My keyboards back light stays off. I have to manually shut it off and back on again to get my computer working. If you could help me it would be great.



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 10:04 PM

 Two things come to mind.  First, how stable is your home power?  If it occasionally flickers, that could be the problem.  Next is a UPS aka battery backup.  They stabilize the power going into your PC and provide several minutes of backup power whenever there's a blip in the house current.  They also provide surge protection.  The next thing is heat.  Have you checked your computer's temperatures?  I use SpeedFan, but there're others.  The core temps should be under 50 degrees C.  If they get much over that, the computer could shut itself down to prevent damage.  If that's your problem, you should get a can of compressed gas and blow the dust out.

 

Good luck.


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#3 Afrochubman

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 10:09 PM

My home power is fine and so was my friends. I've had this computer for a while and its the first time its happened. And they're 46.



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Posted 06 June 2014 - 01:59 AM

I actually see this a lot in my line of work. Most likely, what's happening is due to your pc's cpu fan being too bogged down. In other words, it's dirty. Too dirty, and it's causing your pc to overheat. Lucky for you (and many others), manufacturers have prevented your computer from having a literal meltdown by including heat sensors. When the temperature reaches a certain criticle point the computer is shutdown to prevent any damage.

 

This problem can be solved by purchasing a can of compressed air at your local lows or walmart and spraying it on the fan.  Be sure to test it's ability to cool the system by spinning it like a pinwheel- just not hard, very lightly. If it takes too much force, clean it some more, but if it can spin freely with little force you're fine.

 

EDIT: You may have to remove hair (if you are a pet owner) using tweezers or any other obstruction.


Edited by Gotcha_Hotshot22, 06 June 2014 - 02:03 AM.

Thanks,

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#5 Afrochubman

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 10:38 PM

Thanks for the help guys. I added another fan and clean out the dust with Compresed Air and its not overheating anymore or crashing. Just stress tested it for 10 mins straight and it only got up to 50 C



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 12:41 AM

Hey, don't mention it! :)


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 04:35 PM

Please come back if it happens again!


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#8 Afrochubman

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 08:46 AM

So yeah it happened again. It has crashed twice and it is always when Im playing games, and I guess it's because I'm using to much processing? I don't know. It just only crashes when I'm playing games.



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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:16 PM

What are you calling crashing? a BSoD? a computer shutdown/reboot? a computer lock up?

 

So far it has been sounding like either PSU problems or heat problems, but we'd be able to take more of an informed answer if you give us more information lol


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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:48 PM

You might be having a problem with your fan, like they said. But I think you might have a problem with your internal hardware. Your computer might not be able to take the power, so you might need a video card or something.






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