This problem has been going on for about four months now. My computer specs are as follows:
Windows 7 64 Bit.
Nvidia GForce GTX 460 graphics card
6 GB of Ram
500 GB hard drive with 411 GB free
The problem is: At random times (most often when adobe flash player runs through youtube or a website with a lot of applications like Facebook) the computer screen will freeze for 2 seconds, turn black, and then come back online and a message will pop up saying "Display driver has stopped responding and has now recovered." The bigger problem is, every now and then it does not come back and I have to forcefully restart, losing any unsaved work.
This problem seems to be unsolved on the internet:
Microsoft offers a fix-it-for-me tool, that I have ran multiple times, and nothing has come out of it.
This is not a problem of the graphics card, this is three possiblities:
1) Motherboard - if this is the case, then I am not going to be happy. There's not much I can do about this.
2) Virus - A simple reformat should do the trick
3) Operating system - All these problems seem to happen on windows 7, maybe I should jump ship to a different operating system.
My question to YOU is: IS my hypothesis correct? IF so, should I reformat my comp with windows 7 in hopes that all problems will be gone, OR should I switch to a different operating system? Which would be better? And do you have any help in this situation?
Thank you for looking and responding to my topic.