Can dust in a PC cause it to randomly freeze?

By jayjaymozza
Jan 17, 2013
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  1. Hey I have been having a problem with my computer, after I power it on 5-10 minutes later it just complete freezes, so I opened it it up it has some dust inside, would this be the cause ? If not what else could it be ?
  2. oliverpowell

    oliverpowell Newcomer, in training Posts: 25

    Yes it could be. Other than that, your mobo, outdated drivers, bad memory module could also contribute towards system freezing.
    For the time being, use blower to remove every bit of dust from the CPU case as well as remove RAM's from the slots and clean dust from it too.

    If the issue still persists, try booting in safe mode or start system in clean boot mode.

    Let us know your progress.
  3. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Oh okay thanks for that, ill get it done now and let you know what happens, if I dosnt happen when in safe mode what could it be ?
  4. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    It still does the same thing after cleaning, it seems to be okay until I use it, it can be sat on the desktop for hours but as soon as I open up web or a game or anything after about 5 minutes it freezes
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,689   +153

    It is caused by a "bad" hardware driver
  6. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    So I need a new one ?
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,689   +153

    A new what? We have to discover what driver it is or you can re-install Windows fresh including all the Windows Updates
  8. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Could I try do a hard drive driver update? I don't have windows cd no more
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,689   +153

    Hard drives don't need drivers. You really need to have a friend or computer shop look at this for you. It is also possible that the PC has a virus or other malware infection
  10. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I meant a update for the hardware, the PC has anti virus, and I have ran a check for virus ... Seems okay
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,689   +153

    Are there any yellow exclamation points in the device manager?
     
  12. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I'll check soon, it's just on a black screen "CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5) ..."

    ^ that's what it's doing
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,689   +153

    Did you start this or did the computer start doing this on its own?
  14. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    The computer done this
  15. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,689   +153

    The hard drive may be going bad. Keep this in mind after CHKDSK completes. If the freezing continues have the hard drive replaced
  16. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Can they just break like that ?
  17. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,689   +153

    Absolutely yes! You may try to back up any important stuff before the hard drive dies altogether
  18. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

  19. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,689   +153

    To a CD, DVD or even a flash drive or external hard drive
  20. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Okay thanks, how much is a new hard drive ?
  21. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,689   +153

    Depends on where you are located. If CHKDSK finished, let us know if the freezing continues
  22. jayjaymozza

    jayjaymozza Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Yes still freezes, I guess I won't be getting it fixed if I do need a hard drive -.- I have no money at all


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