I am not very computer literate so this may be a very easy fix, but I don't know what it is.
I have recently started having problems with my computer freezing up on me. I can't even push the on off button. I wind up having to unplug the tower.
What is causing this? and how can I fix this problem.?
Also how bad is it to unplug my computer like this and are there any other options that I have when my computer freezes up like that?
All help appreciated
What kind of computer do you have?
What's your operating system?
When does the crash occur?
Yes, tell us some more about your configuration, and which application you used when it froze.
If you don't want to unplug the computer, try pressing and holding the power button for a while. It should turn off.
This is usualy a very hard to diagnose sort of problem (unless the freeze always comes directly after something you do on the computer).
It could mean any of these things (and problably others):
The application you are using is not well designed/ configured.
You have a virus.
Your computer is overheating severely.
Your motherboard or memory or CPU is malfunctioning.
You have not enough RAM for what you are trying to do.
Your OS has become corrupted with age.
You have a low-level IRQ conflict.
My suggestion is if, like you say, you are not an expert at computer repair it will probably be better to either get someone who knows what he's doing to fix it, or replace it.
Are you using internet explorer?
That falls under the catagory:
you are using a program that is not well disigned / configured.
If it only happens when you're using a web browser, then this could be the problem. Try a different browser and see if it makes any difference.
If not, you would be best to telephone Dell tech support - they'll be able to diagnose the problem and tell you if it's likely to be a hardware or software fault, and how best to fix it.
One thing that you can do is if you have a good idea as to when the problem started happening is to run system restore to a date prior to that. So if you think that the problem happened for the first time three weeks ago, go through your System Restore for a date about a month ago.
The only thing you will lose is any program that you installed in the intervening time will probably have to be reinstalled. Reinstall them carefully, as one of these may have been the root cause of the problem.
Try this first, many people forget that this is an option when the system becomes unstable for whatever reason.
I had the same problem with my pentium 3 I tried 2 things.
A better cooling system.
Pentiums all have 1 main issue. HEAT HEAT HEAT HEAT HEAT HEAT!!!!
GOD INTEL FIX IT YOUR CPUS OVERHEAT TO MUCH!!!
Anyway, (im not mental) memory when computer trys to access or store memory on a bad memory stick. (windows) doesn't give you the usual of the BSOD it just locks up. Fun stuff. Have fun.