Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

Computer errorAlternatively referred to as a system crash, a crash is a term used to describe a software program or hardware problem that is encountered without warning. A crash is often caused by either a software error where either the programming has errors or with conflictions encountered with other programs. A crash may also occur because of a hardware problem, such as a failing component. For example, when a hard drive dies it is often referred to as a hard drive crash.

What to do if my computer is crashing?

If your computer is crashing without any errors, start at our basic troubleshooting overview. If you're getting an error try searching for that error.

If you believe a hardware component in your computer is causing it to crash see our hardware troubleshooting steps for the device you believe failed. Once the failed hardware component has been identified it is typically replaced and in some cases may be able to be repaired by a qualified technician.

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