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Fix: Computer shuts down while watching YouTube

If your PC shuts down on its own while watching videos, there is likely a hardware problem. A PC shutdown can be the result of overheating or faulty hardware. However, since watching videos is very unlikely to cause overheating, you should check your hardware. It is also possible that the culprit is a driver for your graphics card that is very easy to solve.

This issue can occur when you are viewing a video either on a website or from your PC, and it may crash immediately or after 10 or 15 minutes of playback. It is a very annoying problem as a large number of users use their computers for multimedia these days, and video is a pretty big part of it. These users have a PC that they cannot really use for what they want until they have this problem resolved.

Before checking your hardware, it is always a good idea to check the drivers. Hardware replacement can be expensive, drivers don't cost anything, and no one wants to spend money on new hardware only to find out later that it's just a driver problem. So, therefore, read the methods below to find the culprit of the problem and solve it without going to a pc store and spending money unnecessarily.

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Method 1: check your graphics card drivers

Watching videos puts additional strain on your graphics card. Failure to update the drivers can crash your entire system. There are three options. One of them is downloading the drivers for your GPU from Intel, nVidia or AMD, depending on what graphics card you have, you can let Windows update them through Device Manager. You can also run Windows Update anytime, which automatically updates outdated drivers. If you don't know which graphics card you have, step 2 of option 1 will show you which one it is.

Option 1: Update through Device Manager

  1. Press the Windows and R keys on your keyboard, type devmgmt.msc in the run window and hit Enter to run the run.
  2. In the Device Manager, expand the “Display Adapters” option and find your graphics card, Intel, nVidia or AMD.
  3. Right click on it and choose Update Driver Software.
  4. Follow the wizard until the drivers are updated and restart your device.

Option 2: Update via Windows Update

  1. Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10: Press Windows on your keyboard to open the Start menu and type in check for updates. Open the result.
  2. Windows XP / Vista / 7: Press Windows on your keyboard to open the Start menu and from there open the Control Panel. In the upper right corner, switch to Large Icons or Small Icons view and open Windows Update.
  3. Click Check for Updates and let Windows work. It may take a while, depending on your PC and your internet connection. However, if there is an outdated driver, rest assured that Windows will let you know and update you.

Method 2: check your power supply

If your PC shuts down while watching videos, it could mean that your graphics card is demanding more power from the power supply. If the power adapter malfunctions, or if it is a low quality device that is not performing well, it may shut down to prevent damage. For this reason, when building or buying a power supply, it is always recommended that you get one from a reputable brand and get a large enough power supply for your components. As a rule of thumb, your components should keep your PSU at around 60-80% of its full capacity. There are numerous calculators online that will tell you how much your system is using depending on the component. Anyone who has worked with computers will tell you that the power supply is a component that you shouldn't go cheap on - and they are right. Check that the power supply is working properly and that it has sufficient capacity, and if necessary, replace it with a more suitable one.

Method 3: check the CPU / GPU temperatures

It is possible that the cooling solutions you are using for your CPU are not enough and are heating up beyond the safe limit. This can restart your computer and even permanently damage your processor in the long run. If the thermal grease on your GPU is really old it can also lead to this problem and cause random reboots / shutdowns. Therefore, it is recommended that you monitor the CPU and GPU temperatures and ensure that they do not exceed the limit specified by the vendor. You can read this article if you don't know how to monitor CPU temperatures.

At the end of the day, if it was a software problem, you would have it resolved in minutes. If the problem is hardware, it may take a little longer and you will need to purchase new components. Use the methods above to see if your PC will be up and running in no time.