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Help Computer Crashes randomly

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My computer seems ok most of the time but crashes randomly in mornings usually. :whistling:

after one crash it usually crashes 2-3 times consecutively...
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This is usually caused by 1. heat, 2. memory, 3. driver issues, 4. the power supply. You need to examine each potential cause carefully to correct it or rule it out. Make sure the inside of the case is clean...get rid of the dust bunnies. You can use canned air and a vacuum cleaner to carefully clean it out. Use the canned air to blow the dust out of the heat sink cooling fins and fan. Then make sure all of the fans are working. You can check the cpu temps in the bios. You can also get speedfan (it is free) and use that to check temps, fan speeds and voltages. For memory, you can test with memtest86. Get it at http://www.memtest.org/. For driver issues, look at the system event viewer (start, my computer, right click manage, event viewer. Look for items with a red x that occurred at the time of the lates crash. Right click on these, view properties for details. You can also send a report to M$ and view their knowledge base for possible solutions. And finally, don't overlook the power supply! Here is an excellent resource for information on power supplies
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