crashing

How can I stop my old PC from crashing?

HP all-in-one

Episode 1491

Austin from Beaumont, TX

Austin has a 5 year old HP all-in-one and it's crashing on him. Leo says it may be that simply backing up his data, wiping the drive, and reinstalling Windows could fix the problem by repairing any corrupt files. It will also clean out any background applications that are running in the background, taxing the system. Using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool can help. Then he can go to the HP site and update all of his drivers. If it's not a hardware flaw, then that should solve the issue. But if the problem lingers, it could be time to replace the hard drive.

How can I log into my Amazon Fire Stick?

Amazon Fire Stick

Episoide 1473

Brian from Indio, CA

Brian keeps trying to log into his Amazon account on his Fire Stick, but the remote keeps locking up. Leo says that it's possible there's a bad remote or Fire Stick that's causing the remote to crash. If the remote locks up, the Fire Stick can work with an external Bluetooth keyboard as well. So that's an option as a workaround. But Leo suspects that it's just a bad one, and Amazon will replace it pretty quickly.

The chatroom suggests using the Amazon Fire Stick app on the smartphone.

How can I keep my Echo from crashing?

Amazon Echo

Episode 1454

Brian from Indio, CA

Brian's Amazon Echo has been misbehaving since the New Year. It keeps failing and restarting. Leo says that indicates a faulty device. It may be overheating or is worn out. Amazon really doesn't have a good suggestion either, so Leo recommends contacting them about an RMA return. There is a reset button, though, so he could try that first. It's a little hole at the base of the device. He'll need to use a paperclip to press it in, and he'll have to hold that button down for a few seconds to reset it.

Why am I having problems booting into my Mac?

Apple iMac

Episode 1429

Terry from Amarillo, TX

Terry is having problems booting up his Mac unless it's in safe mode. Leo says that it sounds like there's a corrupted kernel that is clobbering everything. He recommends backing up his data, wiping the drive and then reinstalling the OS and programs. The Mac makes it easy to do, too. If he bought his programs in the Mac App Store, he can just install all the apps he owns. Terry shouldn't install anything he doesn't need. It's better to just install as he goes. It's also an indication that his hard drive may be going bad, so it may be time to get a new drive.

Why is my browser crashing?

Episode 1426

Mike from Burbank, CA

Mike has a friend who's computer crashes when he goes to a specific website. It doesn't crash on any other site. Leo says it has to do with the content on that page that breaks the browser as it is. Leo advises resetting the browser to delete all the history, cookies, and cache. There's probably something in there that's causing the crash. Resetting the browser should fix it.

Why is my computer crashing?

Episode 1324

Gina from Winnetka, CA

Gina bought an Acer Aspire R running Windows 10. She's having trouble with the screen freezing when she uses it with her Steno Recorder. Leo says that there could be a flaw in the motherboard that's causing the crash. Leo says that based on Gina's description, she'll need to take it back, but they may require her to reload Windows first. Leo advises backing up her data, and wiping the drive. Then she can reinstall Windows from a known source. If it the problem persists, it's a hardware issue.

Why is Internet Explorer crashing?

Episode 1315

Art from Corona, CA

Art has issues with Windows 10 giving him an error message for shutting down. Leo says that Internet Explorer on Windows 10 isn't the default browser, Edge is. It has been in a kind of unfinished state until recently, though. If Internet Explorer is crashing a lot, Art should clear the history/cache and reset the browser. Leo says that the most common cause of crashing in Internet Explorer is plugins. So there's probably a bad extension in there that's causing it to hang up. It could also be a damaged version of Flash.

Microsoft's First Windows 10 Update Meets Widespread Criticism

Microsoft Windows 10 Start Menu

Episode 1313

Microsoft's first anniversary update has broken many peripherals and applications. Leo says that since it's more difficult to roll back now that the Windows 10 deadline has passed, it comes down to waiting for your device or application to fix the issue with a new update or driver. Leo says that Microsoft should take a page from Linux and have a stable version when their updates start crashing systems.

The chatroom also says that Microsoft has reduced the rollback window from 30 days to 10 days. Leo says that still should be enough to determine if you like Windows 10 or not.

Why does my computer crash when I close a program?

Episode 1311

Mike from Huntington Beach, CA

Mike's home built computer crashes when he closes a program. The screen turns black and hangs up. It doesn't work again unless he reboots it. Leo says that's the hassle with building his own -- he has to eliminate each issue. Leo says the first thing to do is update his video card driver. He thinks it may be a bad driver. Leo says he can try booting to a USB key with Ubuntu on it and try to repeat the issue. If it repeats, he'll know it's a hardware issue. If it doesn't, he'll know it's a software issue.