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Computer freezes about an hour after starting up

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  • dobv02 Apr 25, 2009

    my computer freezes after about 20 mins. its a dell dimension 5100. it was fine befor i went on holidays for easter but when i came back it just froze after 5mins

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The PC is probably overheating. Open up the case. Get a can-o-air and spray out as much dust as you can. Or even better if you have a air compressor and a air sprayer attachment use that. Hopefully that fixes your issue, if it doesent it could be more major issues like bad ram or hard drve.

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