Why are computers so prone to burnout? Well, one big reason for this is because most of the programs that we run on our computers – from applications to web browsers to office suites – consume a lot of resources and RAM to run smoothly. Since burnout is a condition where a computer is unable to transfer information quickly enough to use it again, computers experience burnout pretty often.
Another reason why computers may experience a burnout is if there is a program or application that is continually running on the computer while it’s not being used. This is called an overdrawl of RAM. If this happens, there is actually nothing that you can do to stop the overdrawl except uninstall the running program. When you uninstall a program, the memory that was devoted to it is gone. So, if your computer is running low on memory and you haven’t used a particular program in awhile, you might want to consider shutting it off and getting a new computer with a higher memory limit.
Finally, another cause of burnout is when Windows tries to use too much memory at once. It’s called a “carpet bombing” of the computer and happens pretty often because XP was designed to automatically perform many functions automatically, without the user’s awareness. For example, your PC may be able to turn on your printer, but it may also fire up your email program and start loading up your desktop before Windows is done processing that request. This results in your computer by using all of its memory and processing power trying to handle the different tasks that are placed before it, leading computer’s experience burnout. To fix this problem, you should run Windows Update and roll back your operating system.