failing power supplies

Why Is My Computer Restarting?

HWMonitor

Episode 1789

Duke from Redondo Beach, CA

Duke has a problem with his Windows 10 computer, which is restarting suddenly out of nowhere after about 10 minutes. Leo says that processors heat up really quickly, and if the thermal paste that ties the fan to the processor has dried up, it can easily start to overheat within a few minutes. There's software that can help show you if the processor is overheating. HWMonitor is the one to get.

Why are my video games crashing?

Episode 1747

Alex from Covina, CA

Alex has been clocking his DD4 RAM to 3200 Mhz for gaming. But his games keep crashing after about 10 minutes due to memory failure. Leo says that your RAM is either overheating or is defective. Get a temperature monitor program. See how hot they are running. Alex is also saying that at 3000 Mhz, he gets no crashing at all. That leaves Leo to wonder if the power supply is getting flakey. 

Why do I have to boot my PC twice?

Solid State Drive (SSD)

Episode 1708

Annette from Tustin, CA

Annette recently updated to Windows 10, but now she has to boot up twice in order for the computer to completely boot up. Leo says there could be many reasons for a halted boot. External devices are the easiest things. Turn off Windows Fast Boot. It's a terrible feature that doesn't really speed up your computer. But what it implies is that your computer isn't warm enough when it boots up the first time, and so it stalls. This can happen with older computers. It can also be a sign of your hard drive failing. A new hard drive will solve it, and Leo recommends a solid-state drive (SSD).