First I am more than adequate when dealing with computer issues. I was a computer science major. Yes, was... Anyway my problem is this. I am running XP 32 bit, all service pack updates, all other windows updates, and updated every driver manually. I am the same issue on two different hard drives I tried. I also bought a cheap however new video card to see if that was the issue, it wasn't. My problem is my computer will COMPLETELY freeze up at times. No CTRL ALT DEL does nothing. It is a complete lock up. This problem occurs EVERYTIME I stream a video offline, flash is the worst, but all streaming videos freeze the computer. It happens anywhere from right away to sometimes 3-4 minutes in. I can play .mpeg movies or video that isn't streaming a lot better. However the crash usually will occur eventually sometimes not for 1 hour into the .mpeg movie. The freez does come with some warning when watching a streaming video, usually chrome or firefox will crash first then when I go to watch it again, the main freeze occurs. Also it seems like graphically intense websites like ESPN or IGN also cause the freeze sometime right away, sometime 10-15 minutes into surfing. The computer also will often freeze on startup as soon as the start button and tray icons start loading. This is less occasionaly but still frequent. The computer will also sometimes restart itself with freezing then restart again mid startup. I don't know what the deal is? Ram? Motherbored? This computer is pretty old. But when it's not frozen it runs pretty fast. It is a HP pavilon 706n. Thanks for your help. This is a photo I took of what it looks like when it freezes. However these crazy boxes only show up when it freezes I'd say <10% of the time. Thanks again.
Edited by hamluis, 18 November 2011 - 03:31 PM.
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