3 ways to prevent your computer from shutting down automatically

3 ways to prevent your computer from shutting down automatically

If your computer system (which ranges from desktop to laptops to chromebooks) starts behaving in an erratic manner, and when we say erratic, we mean shutting down autonomously, then there are several things that you are doing wrong; majority of which are directed to your negligence of being unable to maintain your computer properly. Fortunately for you, here are some ways in which you can prevent your system from shutting down and maintain a smooth flow of work without experiencing any intermittent delays.

Why does a computer shutdown automatically?

There are several reasons associated with that question. However the primary reason why your computer keeps on cutting off the power is because it is overheating beyond the recommended threshold. Previously, computer components and peripherals did not come equipped with fail safe measures where they would end up shutting down the computer to prevent any damage done to it. They would keep on running regardless of what the internal environment’s temperature was, causing irreversible damage to the components and reducing their longevity by a huge margin. However, as much as these fail safes are triggered to protect our systems, they can also end up being a huge inconvenience, as random shutdowns can interfere with people’s work. Here is how you can prevent this.

1. Clean your computer on a regular basis

3 ways to prevent your computer from shutting down automatically

The amount of time it takes for dust to accumulate inside your computer depends on which region you currently inhabit. At the end of the day, it all depends on you. If you’re a clean freak who must absolutely see his / her system clean at all times, then you will most likely be cleaning it regularly than other people. There are two ways of cleaning your computer in order to prevent it from shutting down. Either using canned air or an industrial blower. Several computers users (including us) tend to use the latter piece of paraphernalia because it is an effective way to get rid of dust and also saves you time in the process. It might not be so effective in getting rid of dust in those ‘hard to reach places’, which is exactly what those air canisters are designed to do, but we are still adamant on using this piece of equipment. One reason being is that air canisters are difficult to procure and even if they are procured, spending money and using them incessantly to remove the slightest speck of dust in your system does not exactly go easy on your wallet. Different scenarios require a different form of cleaning, so using an industrial blower will not be a wise apparatus. These scenarios have been detailed below.

Removing dust caked in fans: On this occasion, you are going to have to do some heavy lifting. Using a blower is not going to help because you will end up blowing dust all over the room, you will be biting off far more than you can chew. The same thing goes for using air canisters. Using them isn’t going to help either because there will be too much dust caked in to those fans for a small volume of them to be removed. Instead, you can either use a long paint brush to remove the dust, or, a vacuum cleaner will also suffice. Furthermore, the amount of force that the blower will be throwing out of the air hose will cause the fans to spin violently, which can result in the weakening of their winding. The same thing goes for fans used to cool graphic cards. Once you have removed the caked dust from the fans, you can either use air canisters or the air blower to remove the remaining residual dust.

Removing caked dust from dust filters and vents: Thanks to the amount of effort it takes to remove the layer of dust stuck on to dust filters, we have decided to remove the dust filters altogether. Since dust will enter and spread irrespective of whether or not you choose to add dust filters, we have decided to remove them. However, not all of you will be making such a decision in haste. The best way to remove the dust caked on to dust filters is to use a vacuum cleaner. Vacuum cleaners can be used for removing dust from air vents as well.

2. Remember to keep your power supply clean

Lots us computer builders always overlook on purchasing a quality power supply for their system; thinking that they will be wasting unnecessary amounts of money. However, you should know that a power supply is the circulatory system of your entire computer system and you might not see it now, but the consequences of skimping out on purchasing a high quality power supply will cost you greatly in the future. Furthermore, the less care you take of your power supply, the more chances are that your system will start shutting down on its own. Since the internals of the power supply also generate a tremendous amount of heat, over accumulation of heat will lead to the power supply’s temperature increasing even further. Using an industrial blower or air canisters will suffice in keeping your power supply free of dust.

3. Cleaning RAM modules effectively

3 ways to prevent your computer from shutting down automatically

Another reason why your system keeps on shutting down is because the gold contacts of your RAM modules have caught too much rust of them, preventing them from making a solid contact with the RAM slots. In order to fix this issue, you can use an eraser to gently rub the golden contacts of the RAM modules. This will remove the rust from the contacts and prevent your computer from shutting down automatically.

The lower the dust content in your computer system, the less chances are that extra heat will be generated and you will have a healthy computer that will not shutdown on its own accord for any reason whatsoever. Use the above tips to your advantage and let us know if you can add some of your own.

Ali Moin

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