Unexpected shutdowns can be a very frustrating thing to deal with. One minute you are working on the computer, the next you are staring at a black screen. The problem when this happens is that the cause could be any number of things. The good news is that with a little trial and error you can usually find out the cause of your unexpected shutdowns. Once you know that, you can then decide whether you can fix the problem or if you need to bring your computer to a professional and have them fix the unexpected shutdowns.
The first step is to watch your computer. Knowing when and in what conditions your computer suffers from unexpected shutdowns can actually give you a lot of information about what the cause is. If the computer is unexpectedly shutting down once you load up a high power game, it could point to a problem with your video card or memory. If the unexpected shutdown happens after your computer has been running for a while, the likely culprit could be your computer temperature.
One way to check the temperature of your computer is through the system BIOS. This is the most basic set of routines that your computer uses to function. To access this you have to press a specific key at the initial start screen (this is usually the F2 key). Once you are taken to BIOS, or system setup you can then scroll through the menus until you come to the environmental information. You can then check the displayed temperatures against your user manual.
Another way to get information about what is causing your computer to unexpectedly shutdown is by checking the event log. To do this you need to go to the start menu, then right click on my computer. In the menu that comes up you want to then click on the manage option. A box titled “Computer Management” will come up and in that window you want to click on the event viewer option. When the log comes up, you want to look for the entry with a red x. This will be the issue that caused the unexpected shutdown. You can then right click on this entry and choose view all instances of this event. This information will be difficult to understand, but you can use it to research your problem on the Microsoft website.
Once you understand the reason for the unexpected shutdowns, you can then take steps to fix it. If the cause is a lack of resources, then something as simple as installing additional memory or a new video card could be the solution. If your unexpected shutdowns are due to overheating, you may need to replace the thermal paste on the CPU or add fans to increase airflow.
The solution may be as simple as removing a program that causes unexpected shutdowns, or you may have a serious problem that requires expert repair. No one enjoys having to bring their computer in for repairs, but if you take the time to learn what might be the cause of your unexpected shutdowns you might be able to avoid that trip to the repair shop.
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