... or looking at computer funny.
System specs in my profile.
Here's a public link to a GDocs Spreadsheet with the relevant info: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...CNbUl48J#gid=0
Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core 65W LGA1155
Memory: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
Video card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850
OS: Windows 7 64-bit; student discount version (so I guess full retail?)
I'm stuck using a USB wireless adapter because there isn't space inside for a PCI ethernet card, and because the router is located somewhat far away (downstairs on other side of house).
Age: built summer 2011.
I've tried re-installing the OS from scratch a couple times.
There's really no rhyme or reason that I can discern. I've tried running CCleaner and such, to no avail.
Example of random crashing:
* Every now and then, shockwave will stop working in Chrome; sometimes I get a "memory referenced at ____________" type error, and a "click OK to close the program" box (which just turns off the shockwave plugin until I reload windows)
* I recently got a blue screen (I think from flash) and when I turned my computer back on, the wireless usb adapter wasn't loading. I reinstalled it. The first attempt to reinstall it produced a bluescreen, and it worked on the second try (after it rebooted). In retrospect, I probably could have just unplugged it and plugged it back in.
It's not BSODing so much that it's totally unusable, but even BSODing just several times a day is problematic. I get the feeling this is a driver
problem, but I don't know how to identify the bad/redundant drivers
and get rid of them.