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Why Does My Computer Freeze Up?

May 14, 2008
What Is PC Screen Freeze?

Anybody who has used a computer that runs on Windows would know and understand that there would be a point of time where your computer just freezes and everything stops moving. Basically, your computer just becomes immobile and there is nothing you can do but to stare back at the frozen screen. So what do you do now after you experience such a situation?

The only possible thing to do other than to switch off the power switch would be to be patient and wait to see if there is any change after a while. Sometimes, a freeze is just temporal and your computer will function normally after awhile. If not, there is not other choice but to execute plan B, which is to switch off the main power.

What Causes PC Screen Freeze?

One of the most well-known causes of a screen freeze is that your machine is using up every single bit of its RAM memory at that point of time. Thus without any free memory, your computer is practically running on nothing, thus it will be 'immobilized' some RAM has been freed up for your computer to function normally again. Just bear in mind that besides the programs you run, there are actually lots more behind the scenes that are working to ensure that whatever you are running can be run. Thus it may actually be running on its maximum amount RAM when it does not even look like it is.

Besides this, running multiple programs all at once can also be another cause for a screen freeze. Like what was mentioned previously, your RAM is used up but not by the programs that are working behind the scenes, this time round it is the programs you are running that cause the freeze. The sheer volume of programs run at the same timing can cause your computer to hit maximum RAM and without a doubt you will be seeing a frozen screen before long.

Other causes of a frozen screen might be because there is a fault in your Windows registry or maybe there is a system fault that is actually causing your screen to freeze. In most cases, if your computer is not functioning at maximum RAM, this is next most probable cause for a frozen screen.

Last but not least, the worst case which causes your computer to freeze up is because of a virus in its system. If the cause of your problem is really a virus that is in your computer system, there is little chance that you can actually view this article right now unless through another computer. In such scenarios, the problem is very likely to be terminal and there is not much chance for you to salvage it. Chances are that either you have to entirely reformat your computer or if you are willing to spend, you can always get a better computer, but remember to download some anti-virus programs this time round or else what you will see is déjà vu happening all over again.
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Logan Albright is an authority on troubleshooting computer problems at http://www.pcaholic.com . Where he helps thousands how to optimize their computers through a proper computer check up. Click Here to prevent your computer screen from freezing.
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