No PC is immune to a crash. And at some point during your PC ownership it will happen to you. Knowing this will happen and being prepared to deal with it are key. Don’t Panic!
First some terminology:
The term Crash, this is when a program or your entire PC stops working and may also include a frozen screen.
Reboot means to restart your computer.
Control Panel is the windows feature that gives you access to your system utilities and settings.
OK, with that said, the best thing to do when your PC crashes is nothing. That’s right, I said nothing. Give it a couple minutes, it could be your computer is working on something behind the scenes and has not crashed.
After a few minutes and nothing has happened try the “3 finger salute”. The “3 finger salute” is pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time. From here you can either restart your computer or in the Task Manager box you can End Task the program that is giving you the problem.
If your computer is still unresponsive, repeat the “3 finger salute” and click Shut Down on the dialog box.
As a last resort, press the Reset button on your CPU. But again, this is a very last resort.
Taking care of your PC should cut down on the crashing frequency. Here are a few thing to watch for: Always keep about 25% of your hard disk free. Anything less than that and your hard disk will struggle. To find our how much free space you have go to My Computer (XP) / Computer (Vista) and right click on the hard disk icon. Choose Properties from the drop down menu.
If your hard disk is filling up fast, delete any programs that you rarely or never use. Do that by choosing the “add or Remove Programs” icon from the Control Panel. This should help free up some space for you. Deleting large audio or video files will also help.
We at Easy Trucking Software www.easytruckingsoftware.com can’t say enough about backing up your files. We recommend using a flash drive with our program because it is inexpensive and can save hours of time having to rekey information into the program. Use a Flash Drive, external hard drive or internet storage. You decide what is right for you and then DO IT! Do it on a regular basis and it will make your life much easier in the event something happens to your PC and you need to restore a program or file. I personally have an external hard drive attached to my computer that mirrors the capacity of my hard disk (i.e. 30 GB computer hard disk and a 30GB external hard drive). I back up everything!
Programs also need a certain amount of RAM (random access memory) to work properly. Each program will tell you what it needs by selecting Control Panel and click on System Tools and then System Information. Toward the bottom of the list is the total available physical memory. Software with lots of graphics, video or sound usually need the most RAM.
Keep your hard disk (C: drive) cleaned up too. Some regular housekeeping is necessary to keep your PC running at peak performance.
Defragment your disk by going into System Tools and click Disk Deframenter. This process may take quite a while depending on the size of your hard disk. Just start it and walk away and do something else for a while.
Remember – A healthy PC is a happy PC.
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