Does your computer randomly crash and restart?

My computer (about three years old, I guess) was randomly crashing and restarting recently, so I searched around on the Internet for the symptoms and discovered that dust could be the culprit. I contacted the manufacturer’s support center and got instructions for removing the outer case, and sure enough, there was a lot of dust, especially on the fan. Once I cleaned all the dust out, the fan quit making so much noise, and it hasn’t crashed since.

Just something to think about if you’ve had your computer for a while and are wondering whether or not you should replace it. I use mine for work, so I can’t have it crashing on me when I’m in the middle of a job. Fortunately I found that little hint and saved myself some money (for the time being, anyway).

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5 Responses to “Does your computer randomly crash and restart?”

  1. Isaiah says:

    In my experience, mostly when computers start crashing randomly, it’s usually two things — the CPU or RAM. In your case, the dust clogged up the fan and the CPU was heating up way too much.

  2. casey says:

    Thanks for the insight, Isaiah. I’m not much of a hardware guy. :)

  3. Isaiah says:

    I’m not much of one either compared to the hardcore geeks. I’m a self-taught geek wannabe. :D

  4. Sidharth says:

    Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN6_-8fYHo0

    My friend Dave did that video on this…

  5. casey says:

    Whew! Fortunately I wasn’t dealing with a failing motherboard…