I'm afraid I am having some rather depressing problems with my laptop. Last week I had installed some bits and bobs and a couple of new software packages for my new GoPro camera. Not long after I had a few video card crashes. Figuring it was something to do with the software or drivers that had been installed I uninstalled the new software and rolled back my video card driver. This didn't help so I updated drivers to new and I still got some periodic crashes.
I decided to reformat and start again. Backed everything up and was up and running again a few hours later. It was all good for about half an hour and then the same problem persisted – random video card crashes which produced the error “Display Driver has stopped responding and has recovered” as well as Firefox keeps crashing pretty consistently.
I've tried IE as well and both IE & Firefox crashes persistently and frequently. So with Firefox crashing every 2 minutes and the video card crashing every 10 minutes I’m beginning to think something is seriously wrong. I just don’t understand what could have happened – there has not been any damage to the laptop but as a clean install didn't fix my problems am I to presume that there is something wrong inside?
It is probably worth mentioning a couple of other anomalies which are occurring. Firstly sometime I get random weird lines randomly on the screen – mainly around the edges of menus or toolbars. Sometimes black lines appear on the screen or other weird stuff. I’ve attached a couple of examples of issues. These are most likely related to a video card fault I fear.
Also when I do manage to get a browser open for more than 5 minutes and I try to download various files I very often get an error when trying to open the file (can’t remember the exact error but Google told me corrupt or incomplete download) – this problem is random and only sometimes happens.
I’m willing to take any suggestions. Any advice would be greatly appreciated on anything I could do to try and remedy the situation.