Why does my system freeze after it has been on for a period of time?

Question

When my computer is on for an extended period of time it locks up. The only way to get out is to shut down power for along period of time. The mouse freezes and the key board.

rebooting it doesnt work It only comes back on froze. I have an Inteva harddrive and I have been trying for two months and cannot get any one to pick up the phone on the technical support line. If you can offer any advice I would appreciate it. Thank You Lisa

Answer

This question was answered on October 28, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The most likely cause could be that the CPU Fan isn't spinning like it should because it is either old or clogged with dust/debris Take the case off of the computer and power it on and check to see how the cpu fan is spinning If it looks sluggish or isn't spinning at all immediately turn the machine off and remove the fan/cpu assembly and get the fan replaced If the fan is spinning correctly at a good clip you might have other hardware issues that are causing problems At this point, unless you feel like troubleshooting each individual component, it might be a good idea to take the system to a repair shop and have them do this for you It could be your motherboard, memory, cpu, video card, loose cable connection, etc..

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Posted by Jacqueline of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on October 28, 2000