Why is my PC hanging and restarting?

Question

my computer often hangs or restarts itself when i use the pc. it doesnt matter what i am doing, cause sometimes it just hangs when i on the pc, or sometimes when i am using the internet or other stuffs.

it either hangs or goes into this black screen and the system no longer responds. please help me.. thanks

Answer

This question was answered on January 13, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

AMD processor, eh?

Your processor is probably overheating Right out of the package, AMD processors are overclocked, but AMD's can generally be made to run quite reliably, given a little TLC.

Suggestion is, be sure you are running a good, healthy, perhaps oversized CPU fan

Be certain the heat sink pad on the processor is in healthy condition Recommendation is to replace the heat sink pad (or grease) if you remove the heat sink for any reason This is a lot more critical than it may sound

Most cases these days have a space for an extra case fan Install one.

Keep all dust away from the fans and heat sink with a can of compressed air available at office supply and electronics stores for such purposes Be certain ribbon cables inside your machine are not impeding airflow Install the round type of cables, if possible, as they enable better cooling.

Additionally, be sure you have good airflow all around the outside of the computer Don't fit it neatly into a corner, and above all, don't use one of those cubbyholes they build into PC desk stations

RG

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Posted by Robert of Mesa Community College on January 13, 2003