There are several issues that your laptop may run into when using it. Your laptop may struggle to charge, the display may cease working, or it may just refuse to power on.
However it becomes quite funny if your Laptop only freezes when you’re performing the most crucial tasks. So we identified the reasons and some possible fix for the issue and how to prevent it from happening again if your computer has slowed down to the point of being unresponsive or has completely stopped responding.
It could be a Program
It’s time to pull out the trusted toolbox of Control + Alt + Delete if Windows doesn’t recover (or if it does but then freezes again): You can view a list of currently running programs by pressing this keyboard shortcut combination and selecting the Task Manager option from the following menu. To open a menu similar to this, Mac users should press Command + Option + Escape.
Select the inactive ones and click the End Task button if they don’t answer. That ought to be sufficient if you’re handling a solitary incident. Immediately after you’ve ended the software, your OS should come to life again, allowing you to resume working.
However, if your computer consistently freezes while that program is active, you might need to uninstall it and look for a replacement. You could even need to upgrade your hardware if the program is using up all of your resources due to its resource-intensive nature.
Perhaps the Laptop needs to catch its Breath
When executing an activity that requires a lot of CPU power, things can occasionally hang briefly, giving the impression that your laptop is permanently stuck when in reality it is not. If your computer appears to be entirely locked up, give it a few minutes to catch up and complete its task.
You’ll be surprised at how often this actually functions, especially if it occurs at random and not a chronic problem like you may think.
The computer may occasionally use up all of its RAM, and it may take a moment for these operations to be completed. After a few minutes, everything ought to be alright as long as this isn’t a regular occurrence.
Check Your Browser’s Task Manager
Your browser may occasionally become stuck on a certain website even when your computer is operating normally. This feels like your entire computer is frozen, even if it might only be the page you’re on because so much of what we do on computers is done within the browser.
If your browser isn’t responding in specific circumstances, Windows Task Manager may indicate as much, but you must look further to see why.
Shift + Esc in Chrome and Edge will display the Task Manager for the browser. You may access the task manager by selecting More Tools from the menu in Firefox. This will display the several processes that are active within your browser, maybe revealing which website or extension is frozen or consuming a significant amount of CPU and memory.
Try deactivating any browser extensions to see if it resolves the issue since you might also have an ordinary conflict with one (for instance, I once had problems with the Grammarly extension freezing Google Docs constantly).
The developers should release a patch, as Grammarly appears to have done.
Maybe it just needs a Reboot
The only way to unlock your computer if you are unable to even access the Task Manager is to perform a hard reset. Once your computer has shut down, press and hold down the power button once more to restart it from scratch.
Depending on the application and how it manages unsaved documents, you might be able to recover anything significant you were working on when the freeze occurred.
Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, for instance, automatically save backups as you work, and you can frequently recover them when you open the software again. Go to File > Info > Manage Document to recover an unsaved document (s).
Investigate the crashed application to see if it has a feature that might work; it won’t always work, but it’s worth a try. If not, you might be unfortunate forced to repeat some of that effort.
Check the Reliability Monitor
If you’re still unable to identify the root of your lockups, you’ll need to conduct additional investigation. In these circumstances, you might want to check Windows’ Reliability Monitor.
This is an obscure error-reporting feature that is hidden in Windows’ settings. Click the View reliability history link that appears after you enter “reliability” in the Start menu’s search field.
A graph of your PC’s stability over time will be displayed, along with crash records and other problems, updates, and newly installed software.
Reliability Monitor will give you the choice to study technical details or search Microsoft’s database for a fix if you can identify an error that was recorded around the same time that your freezing issue started.
There may be some problem codes in these details that you can look up to learn more. While Microsoft’s database occasionally functions, it is something to try.
If none of that work, you might try look at the graph to see whether updates or programs were installed prior to the freezing occurring.
Try rolling back the Computer to its previous state if a new program or update appears to be the problem. Uninstalling a recent update, using a Restore Point in Windows, or utilizing Time Machine on a Mac are all options for doing this.
Reinstall Any Recent Drivers
While System Restore should be able to correct a number of problems, it is discovered that it sometimes isn’t able to fix peculiarities that might be more difficult to identify in the Laptop.
Running Display Driver Uninstaller (Opens in a new window) (DDU) in safe mode was sufficient to resolve the issue, which turned out to be caused by some residual conflicting components from the old driver.
If you recently installed any new hardware, try removing its drivers or those from the outdated hardware you just swapped out to see if that resolves the issue. Particularly for graphics and audio drivers that are interfering with the other.
Do a Malware Scan
It never hurts to run a malware scan to discover if something malicious is the source of your issues, as it does with any computer gremlins—especially if you haven’t done it in a while.
Take advantage of a free scanner like Malwarebytes to examine your hard drive and see if anything unusual appears. Check out our instructions to cleaning your computer of malware if you run into problems.
Check Your Hard Drive
Check your hard drive’s health as well while you’re conducting scans because a failing hard drive could result in hang-ups and other related problems. You may do this by typing wmic diskdrive get model,status in the Command Prompt, but for more in-depth health data, try using DriveDx ($20 with a free trial) for macOS or CrystalDiskInfo(Opens in a new window) for Windows (both of which are free).
It might be the root of your issues if that tool indicates that your drive is anything other than “OK.” You should replace that drive as soon as possible if you have a Windows computer. Modern MacBooks have a drive that cannot be replaced, therefore you must have it repaired.
Is it Overheating?
Ironically, excessive heat can frequently cause your laptop to freeze.
Ironically, excessive heat can frequently cause your computer to freeze. Install a temperature gauge, such as Core Temp(Opens in a new window), set its parameters to display temperature in the notification area, then move the icon for that gauge from the pop-up tray to the taskbar so it is always visible.
You can quickly scan the application the next time your computer freezes to check whether heat might be the issue.
It is nearly certainly overheated if the temperature is 90 degrees Celsius or higher (or 194 degrees Fahrenheit).
The computer may be overheated, so keep an eye out for a loud fan. A high-pressure duster should be used to remove any dust from the computer. Check to see if your fans are truly spinning; if not, you may have a failing bearing and need replace the fan.
Test the RAM on your Laptop
It’s time to perform some checks if you think you could have a bad RAM stick because bad memory can also be the cause of locked-up computers. Look for the “Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool” when you open the Start menu. Your computer will restart after the memory test, and if any problems are discovered, you will be informed. Memtest86+(Opens in a new window), an open-source boot disk that conducts more thorough testing, is another option you may try.
It might just be that you don’t have enough RAM if all the tests pass. The next time you run into issues, simply press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to launch Task Manager, then select the Performance tab. When your memory reaches its limit, it might be time to upgrade.
UK Government To Set Online Bill Criminalizing Self Harm
In an effort to stop what it calls “tragic and preventable deaths caused by people seeing self-harm content online,” the UK government has announced it will further broaden the scope of online safety legislation by making encouraging self-harm a crime.
According to the most recent modification to the divisive but popular Online Safety Bill, in-scope platforms would be compelled to remove anything that purposefully encourages someone to physically harm themselves, or face legal repercussions.
The government intends to tackle “abhorrent trolls urging the young and vulnerable to self-harm,” according to the secretary of state for digital. People who post such content online may also be prosecuted under the new offence of encouraging self injury.
The maximum fines will be announced in due time, according to the administration.
In the UK, it is already unlawful to promote or aid suicide, whether in person or online. By creating a new offense, self-harm content will now be subject to the same laws that already ban suicide promotion.
Following a snag, last summer associated with political unrest in the ruling Conservative Party, the Online Safety Bill’s progress through parliament is now on hold. However, the newly reorganized UK government has declared that it will reintroduce the measure to parliament next month after making changes to the law.
The abuse of intimate imagery is a problem that will be addressed by recent revisions to the Online Safety Bill, which was just made public by the Ministry of Justice. However, other revisions are planned regarding “legal but harmful” information, thus the final form of the Act is still up in the air.
The government responded to concerns about the bill’s impact on online freedom of expression a few months ago. The (new) secretary of state, Michelle Donelan, announced in September that she would be “editing” the bill to lessen concern about its impact on “legal but harmful” speech for adults.
The most recent changes, making it illegal to send online communications encouraging self harm, came after that announcement.
Donelan was quoted by the BBC as claiming that Molly Russell, a 14-year-old teenager who committed suicide five years ago after watching thousands of online articles on self-harm and suicide on websites like Instagram and Pinterest, was a factor in the most recent changes.
Social media was found to have contributed to Russell’s death, according to the results of an inquest into her death in September. While the coroner’s “prevention of future deaths” report from last month that a number of steps be done to control and monitor young people’s access to social media content.
The addition of the crime of promoting self harm, according to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport, will outlaw “one of the most worrying and prevalent internet harms that now falls below the threshold of criminal behavior.”
Donelan stated in a statement:
“I am determined that the abhorrent trolls encouraging the young and vulnerable to self-harm are brought to justice.
“So I am strengthening our online safety laws to make sure these vile acts are stamped out and the perpetrators face jail time.
“Social media firms can no longer remain silent bystanders either and they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms under our laws.”
Hate crimes, rules regarding revenge porn (including disseminating deepfake porn without content), harassment, and cyberstalking are among the other top criminal offenses already mentioned in the bill.
Regardless of what the measure states on paper, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding how platforms will react to having legal obligations imposed on them to police all forms of speech, as well as if it would actually increase web user safety as claimed.
Critics worry that the regime will have a chilling effect by turning platforms into de facto speech police and encouraging them to overblock content in order to reduce their legal risk of paying a hefty fine.
The regime’s penalties scale up to 10% of global annual turnover, and non-cooperative senior executives even run the risk of going to jail.
On Monday, December 5, the bill is scheduled to return to parliament.
Twitter Amnesty Is What Elon Musk is Going For Next
Tesla CEO and newly appointed Twitter CEO, Elon Musk did promise a new dimension for the micro-blogging social media platform prior to taking over, and his actions recently, have just about lived up to the promise, but now, the billionaire is set for an ‘amnesty’ that surely will drive some political divides nuts if certain individuals are granted Twitter amnesty as he wants.
Elon Musk announced on Thursday that starting the next week, Twitter will provide suspended accounts “a general amnesty.” The day before, the platform’s CEO published a poll asking users if they thought affected accounts should be restored.
The announcement comes just after Musk lifted the platform’s restriction on former president Donald Trump after conducting a related poll. Trump declared he had no intention of returning to the platform despite being banned following the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Users of the Twitter platform who had their accounts suspended could rejoin the network “assuming they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam,” according to Musk’s user survey.
The survey received responses from about 3.2 million individuals, who voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said, using a Latin phrase that means “The voice of the people is the voice of god.”
Historically, Twitter has deactivated accounts who advocate violence, celebrate hate and harassment, or persistently disseminate false information that may be harmful.
Some well-known people who were banned from the website include MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who made a number of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election, former Trump advisor and former executive chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon, who said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded, and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who broke the website’s rule against violent extremist groups.
Considering that more voices with possibly negative views will be returning to the site, it’s unclear from Musk’s brief post how Twitter will handle content control going forward.
These worries have only grown as a result of Musk’s huge firings and the outflow of workers who would rather leave than remain “hardcore.”
Elon Musk is surely growing more unpopular by remaining popular these days.
Twitter Working On New Feature For Long Texts
Writing a thread on Twitter can be considered daunting especially when you have to divide the text into 280-character sections for it to make meaning.
Good news though as the platform is stated to be working on a way to convert lengthy texts into threads automatically.
When a tweet exceeds the 280-character limit, Twitter’s composer will automatically divide it into a thread, according to a tweet from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.
Twitter wants to make making threads less difficult, as she stated in a message to a user (identified as me).
Currently, in order to add a tweet to a thread and post the subsequent 280 characters, users must click the Add button. This can be particularly unpleasant when you are trying out an idea or pasting information from another document.
Several users have recently brought up the difficulty posting to and reading conversations with more than a few tweets; the thread in question was 82 tweets long and focused on the defunct crypto-currency exchange FTX. In response, Musk stated that the team is working to make thread writing simpler.
It will be useful to have markers to designate the start and end of a tweet in the thread, although the exact implementation details remain unknown, as Financial Times product manager Matt Taylor noted. This makes it simpler for users to change the text in a way that doesn’t disrupt the reading flow.
Musk has previously addressed the problem of posting lengthy tweets. He previously stated that the social network is developing the capability to attach long-form content to tweets. If that will be a standalone feature from the new thread composer is unclear.
Currently, some users rely on third-party programs like Typefully, ThreadStart, and Chirr App, which offer capabilities like scheduling along with tools to automatically divide your post into threads without interfering with sentence flow.
Thanks to its acquisition of Threader the previous year, the company today provides Twitter Blue customers with a simple way to read threads. However, Musk hasn’t actually stated whether he is altering the reading experience for the typical user.
There is already a long-form writing program on Twitter called Notes, but it is exclusively available to a small number of writers, and under Musk’s leadership, its future is unclear.
Even though Twitter programmers are already working on it, it is unclear when the new composer tool for threads will launch. Since taking over the business, Musk has let go of more than half the employees.
Numerous executives have left, and the new leader even gave the remaining employees yesterday an ultimatum: either be “hardcore” or quit. There is no assurance that goods will be delivered on time in this situation.
The new Twitter Blue plan with a verification mark was hurriedly launched by the firm, only for the scheme to be discontinued a few days later. Musk stated earlier this week that the launch date had been moved to later in the month.
Wong just found code that suggests Twitter is working on encrypting direct communications from end to end.
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