Everyone's laptop freezes up eventually. Over time, this can even begin to happen more frequently. We tend to accept it as an inevitability.
Laptops get old, laptops freeze, it just a fact of life. But is it?
There are things you can do, precautions you can take, and steps to follow to ensure that it doesn't freeze anywhere near as often.
This short article is going to outline for you some of the most common reasons for a laptop to freeze up. Hopefully, you can use this article to single out why yours might be freezing up and you will perhaps be able to do something about it.
What are the most common reasons for a laptop freezing up?
Every laptop that freezes will do so for a reason. Whether it is a complex problem or a simple quick fix changes from case to case.
But, there is always a reason. You might just want to write your laptop off as damaged or bad, but if it wasn't that way when you first bought it that simply isn't the case. Laptops don't freeze on their own. They do, however, freeze for these following reasons:
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Its storage is very full:
When your laptop's storage is full it will begin to slow down. The amount it slows down varies from laptop to laptop depending on the hardware and how full it is precisely.
The laptop will slow down and even freeze when performing basic functions, like searching for a file, because there are too many files to search through. If you imagine the storage of your computer like an attic, it is a little easier to wrap your head around it.
At first, the attic is very neat and tidy. It is only about 1/4 full and everything is neatly lined up along each wall. But, over time, more and more junk ends up in there.
Before you know it, there is hardly any room to move around and find the specific items (files) that you need can take what feels like forever.
This how your laptop "feels" when searching for whatever it is you are looking for. For this reason, many people install extra storage on their laptops through the use of an external hard drive or by installing an SSD.
There is a virus:
Some viruses contain keyloggers, some try to steal your data, some try to hijack your laptop to mine bitcoins, some only try to freeze your device.
All viruses are malicious, some are just malicious for no reason. It might seem peculiar, that someone would go through the trouble of giving your laptop a virus yet gains nothing from it. Some viruses are intended to do nothing but freeze your laptop and irritate you.
That's how they get their kicks, by frustrating innocent people. It's strange, it's pathetic, it's sad, but that's life.
Sometimes the problems might be entirely hardware related. If your laptop and its inner components have become damaged over time they can begin to run slowly or even freeze.
For example, if you were to spill your drink on your laptop keyboard that could badly damage the internal components.
Unlike with a desktop, where the keyboard is independent, your laptop keyboard sits on top of the important processing components. If they become waterlogged they will stop working correctly.
Too many programs running at once:
Sometimes the only problem is that you have too many programs open. Too many games running, too many Google Chrome tabs running, or you have simply neglected to close any of your documents.
We all do it, we get carried away jumping from app to app, webpage to webpage, and forget to tidy up as we go. Just like when cooking in the kitchen, cleaning as you go can save you a ginormous headache later on.
Close your tabs as you no longer need them. If your laptop freezes too much that you cant close them then you may need to forcibly close them with the task manager. (control, alt, delete).
Overheating can and will cause your laptop to freeze. And even crash entirely and turn off. If your components get too hot they will stop working correctly, or even at all.
Sometimes this is intentional, they shut off to protect them from becoming permanently damaged. Sometimes, it is just a bi-product of being too hot that they stop working.
There are a few reasons that your laptop may be too hot. First laptops, when used on a table, have poor air circulation.
The heat from your laptop is absorbed by the table and that heat is then reflected towards the laptop. Over time, it can become very hot.
Just like it does on your lap. Another reason is that the fan isn't working properly. Laptop fans are notoriously bad; so this may be a common problem.
Fans stop working when they become too full of dust and grime. This can be cleaned with pressurized air in a can or by taking your laptop into a shop to get repaired.
It is a quick fix, don't worry, but you should always clean your laptop as best as possible.
Hopefully, this article has answered any questions you may have had about your laptop freezing. It can be very frustrating, luckily, there is almost always something you can do. Buying a new computer just because your old one freezes should be your last resort.