I would check Event Viewer for noted errors which might shed some light.
I'd also run the dxdiagnostic tool and run the appropriate HELP troubleshooters, if called for.
I've had very little luck in the past looking at the Event Viewer so through all the problems I've been having I didn't bother to look there. I took your advice and gave it a peek. As unlearned as I am, even I can see the problem lies with either my new video card or the driver. Am I right?
Event Viewer provides this - over and over again related to various applications - the ones that are crashing:
The description for Event ID ( 1 ) in Source ( nview_info ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description; see Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the event: NVIEW : Mempad: WAIT_TIMEOUT, LAST SUCCESS: (tid: 0xec4) (pid: 0xb04)
And the same with different endings:
The following information is part of the event: NVIEW : writer: Mutex Recovery Code - leaving recovery code.
The following information is part of the event: NVIEW : writer: Mutex Recovery Code - after 120 seconds, mutex recovered. NView (and Mutexes) are now enabled again.
NVIEW : writer: Entered Mutex Recovery Code. NView (and Mutexes) are not enabled.
NVIEW : wweb32: WAIT_TIMEOUT, LAST SUCCESS: (thread 0x84c) (cmdName:wweb32.exe) WindowManager.cpp 3329
I had these things show up occasionally before I "upgraded" my video card. Now it is never ending.
I'm thinking I will take the computer back to the tech who installed the card unless you think there is something I might do to resolve the problem myself.
Can you tell me what this means? The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. I have a stand alone system that no but me ever touches, so I don't understand what "remote" computer I should be displaying messages from. But I don't know much.
Thanks so very much!!
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