How do you know if your CPU is dying?
Any computer’s CPU (Central Processing Unit) is constantly in use and is subject to vast stress fluctuations. Over time your CPU may show signs of overuse and begin to function differently.
Fortunately, plenty of built-in technology monitors CPU usage by looking at temperatures and stress loads. Since processors are designed to cope with multiple intensive tasks, they have a robust and durable construction.
Nonetheless, after hundreds of hours of usage, there will come a time when your CPU will display some warning signs.
Common Warning Signs that your CPU is Dying
If your CPU is failing, you will experience some common errors. Many of these malfunctions can be attributed to other issues, but it is always worth considering whether your CPU is dying.
Automatic shutdowns are frustrating and limiting for users, and a faulty CPU can cause them. You will need to run some diagnostics and check out other parts such as the power supply and GPU to isolate the problem.
If it appears to be the CPU causing the shutdowns, it is likely to be due to high temperatures in a complex working system. The shutdowns are likely to increase over time if the cause is not attended to promptly.
You can alleviate the issue by changing your thermal compound or cooling system.
Nothing fills a user with more dread than a problem when you turn on your computer. Startup errors mean that the BIOS’ power-on self-test diagnostic’ has encountered an issue and cannot start your computer.
You will see an error message that will possibly identify a specific issue. Sometimes it will be a more generalised error as the diagnostics have been unable to locate the cause.
This problem is often caused by faulty hardware or corrupt files, but it can also signify that the CPU is failing.
When you turn on your computer and get no response, you should check the power source. Issues with the power cable can cause this.
You may hear the fans whirring but get no output on the screen. In this case it is worth considering whether the CPU has failed if you continue to get no response.
A sudden freeze when your computer is in use is highly worrying. It may occur when it is idle or when you are in the middle of something.
You usually only become aware of a freeze when attempting to type or move your mouse cursor. The freeze may be temporary or require a reboot.
A freeze can be due to a software problem or an error in the hardware. Unfortunately, if this is repeated, it may signify that your computer has a CPU failure.
The infamous blue screen of death is the most unwanted visitor when using a computer. It signals that the operating system has encountered a fatal error and cannot function.
There are countless reasons why a blue screen may appear, and the error code will provide you with more clarity. A faulty CPU may be indicated, particularly if the error is repeated.
Have you ever been working on your computer and heard some unfamiliar beeps? It was not your imagination.
Some motherboards can produce beep codes that signify an error in your hardware. Like morse code, the long and short signals refer to different error types.
To translate the beeps, you must refer to the manual relevant to your motherboard. The information should help you identify the cause of the problem, but it will often refer to a CPU failure.
Troubleshooting Your Computer
Finding out what is causing the warning signs described above is essential. To repair or fix the problem, you must know the cause.
Some problems turn out to have a simple fix, whereas other times, you will need to consider replacing parts such as the CPU.
Incorrect installation may have led to the error, so reset your CPU, RAM, and heat sink. Resetting may solve the issue.
Search for loose cables
If your system turns off suddenly or won’t start, you may have a loose cable causing the problem. Isolating and tightening it may be an easy fix.
Isolate your hardware
To identify the specific component causing your error means removing each piece, one at a time. Test after each removal to see if your system works, as this will help you identify the faulty component.
Replace individual parts to see if that helps solve the error.
Remove the Graphics Card
Graphics cards are prone to causing problems. If your system has a dedicated card, remove it and connect your display cable directly to your motherboard. If this fixes the problem, you know you can replace your graphics card.
Look at Overheating
Improving the airflow may solve the problem of overheating. If you think that the error is caused by overheating, you can reapply the thermal paste. You can also clear any dust or dirt trapped in the fans and the heatsink.
What causes a CPU to die?
There are some common causes of CPU failure. Knowing about them can help you to prolong the life of your CPU.
Heat – Modern CPUs are built to withstand high temperatures, but prolonged exposure to high temperatures may still cause permanent damage to your CPU. Overheating is often caused by poor ventilation or inadequate heatsinks.
Overclocking – Users overclock their CPU by applying an extra voltage to create additional speed. However, this is a common reason for shortening their lifespan.
Power Surges – Power surges or unstable voltage can be caused by a power cut, a lightning strike or a faulty power cable. Surges can cause permanent damage to a CPU and other pieces of hardware.
Faulty Motherboard – As a motherboard connects all your components and regulates the electrical current, any fault can cause damage to your CPU.
How to Look After Your CPU
You can increase the lifespan of your CPU by taking some of the following precautions.
Monitor CPU Temperature – You can use an App to check and monitor CPU temperatures. Most of them also monitor the temperature of your other hardware, so you will be alerted in good time if you need to make any changes.
Replace your Heatsink – Replacing the heatsink with a superior model or adding an air-cooler may help preserve the life of your CPU.
Keep it Clean – Dust build up restricts the airflow and increases your computer’s temperature. Regular cleaning will keep the ventilation in good order.
Change the Case – Modern casings can increase ventilation with more air slots and broader spacings. Increasing the airflow will keep the temperature lower and help your CPU.
Keep the Room Cool – Ambient temperature can make your computer hotter, so ensure your workspace is kept cool.
Use Surge Protectors – It is well worth investing in extension leads with fuses and power surge protection to protect your equipment from changes in power.
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