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Windows Vista locks up onvideo


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#1 KevinN76

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 09:22 PM

For a while now my computer running Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2; when I run some games, or occasionally while viewing full screen videos the computer will freeze up. It starts with the mouse cursor turning to the waiting/processing spinning circle, then the mouse freezes up, sometimes the screen goes black and I get the message that it has lost video input. If I hit Ctl/Alt/Del to go to task list nothing happens or the screen goes black. I updated my video driver when this started with no change. I have once again updated my video card driver and the problem of freezing up continues. This problem has been going on for so long that I do not have a Restore point I can go to. I have tried doing a Vista clean boot but the computer still has problems. Can someone help me, I am about ready to format my C disk and reinstall everything.

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 12:07 AM

What are the specs of your computer? Processor, RAM, graphics card, etc...

Have you noticed any dead pixels or lines on the screen? That would indicate a failing graphics card.

But just general freezing with up to date drivers indicates an OS issue (assuming it's not the graphics card) or just poor performance. It's possible a reinstall would fix your problems, but you won't know until you do (if your specs are not up to par, a reinstall won't make a difference).
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