Persistent Hard Freezing: Overheating Suspected, Curiously Stopped by Intensive Programs

Hello Framework Community,

I hope this post finds you well. I’m reaching out because I’ve encountered a persistent issue with my Framework laptop, and despite my efforts to troubleshoot, the problem persists. I’m hoping that the collective wisdom of this community might shed some light on a solution.

Problem Description: My Framework laptop is experiencing frequent hard freezes, where everything locks up, and the only remedy is a long press on the power button. Notably, during these freezes, the caps lock light doesn’t toggle, and the screen doesn’t go to sleep when closing the lid.

Troubleshooting Steps Taken: I’ve been proactive in attempting to resolve the issue, having undertaken the following steps:

  1. Replaced fan and heatsink.
  2. Reinstalled drivers.
  3. Replaced RAM (currently running 32GB, upgraded from 16GB).
  4. Changed out thermal paste.
  5. Replaced the back cover to ensure optimal airflow.
  6. *edit: Updated to BIOS 3.06 Beta

Current Temporary Solution: Oddly enough, I’ve found that running an intensive program seems to mitigate the freezing issue. Normally, the laptop freezes every 2-30 minutes, but with a demanding program running, it remains stable for around 7 hours. I suspect that the intensive program triggers the fan, potentially compensating for a delay in its activation during regular use.


  • OS: Windows 11 Home
  • Processor: 12th gen Intel
  • RAM: 32GB

Additional Information: The laptop worked flawlessly for several months before this issue arose. The first occurrence was during video playback, where the playback not only stopped but I suspect the Bluetooth connection also dropped.

I’m reaching out to the community in the hope that someone might have encountered a similar problem or has insights into potential solutions. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your time and expertise.

Best regards, Zen

Couple of questions: 1) Have you observed the temperatures with a system monitoring tool? 2) Are all of the needed drivers installed? 3) What BIOS are you on? 4) Is the OS completely updated and current? 5) Event though you replaced the RAM have you memtested either? 6) Why not open a support ticket before the mobo is out of warranty?

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I have not used a temp monitoring tool but I have given it to Geek Squad (they weren’t able to fix it) And they also said that it had high temps. I am on the default bios… I have already checked: Framework Laptop BIOS and Driver Releases (12th Gen Intel® Core™) to see if I could find an update. The OS is completely up to date. I have not memtested it but replacing ram stick did seem to completely clear ram. I still have several months until the warranty expires and I would prefer to make sure this isn’t an issue that I somehow caused before opening a ticket.

I recommend you open a ticket. This could very well be an issue solved by the 3.06 beta BIOS.

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Link to the 3.06 Beta Bios Update:

I would highly recommend using a temperature monitoring tool such as HWinfo. Having previously worked at Bestbuy, I can say Geeksquad can be shoddy. Your issue is very odd as if it was truly overheating, the fans should still turn on regardless of what applications are being run unless there’s an issue with a temperature sensor or the fan. And have you considered a fresh Windows install?

I have considered a fresh install but I would prefer to exhaust all other options before trying that.

Do the BIOS update then monitor your temps with HWinfo

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I updated the bios, issue occurred in around 35 minutes… this is the csv file:

I ran HWInfo again, it crashed after 30 minutes… max CPU Temp: 71… crashed at max CPU Temp: 46. @TheTRUEAsian @nadb

It definitely does not appear to be crashing due to heat. That CPU is rated up to 100C.

So you think it might be a software issue? @nadb

Definitely some type of software issue. You would only ever see it crash if it exceeded 100 C for a period of time and even that is rare. This is because the CPU will throttle itself at 100 C.

So should I reinstall windows? @TheTRUEAsian

I think you are probably best off resinstalling WIndows just to eliminate that as an issue. If it is not firmware, or the OS then you are likely looking at a hardware issue.

If it doesn’t go away after a fresh Windows install, you should contact Support.