I've been experiencing a particular crash for about 3 months now and can't seem to figure it out.
-No slowdown or errors prior to crash
-display fills compleyely with vertical lines of varying colors in most cases
-occacionally, the screen will start to gradually fade to white around the edges instead
-the PC becomes completly unresponsive, no BSOD, hard reboot required each time.
-most instances of this crash seem completely random, not linked to a particualar activity, it even happened once when I was trying to type out the former version of this post.
-I say most instances because the one activity which will almost definitly provoke this crash is steaming videos on youtube
-Other video streaming sites don't particulatly seem to provoke this, just youtube. I don't know if there's something different about youtube, but this may provide a clue.
-This will occur randomly when browsing the internet, nothing to graphical/memory intensive
-It will also occur when no web browser is open, happened a couple times while running CCleaner.
-Also, youtube is not the most graphic/memory intensive activity I perform on this PC. I do play Final Fantasy XIV online regulary and for up to around 5 hours at a time, generally without a crash to speak of. I believe that game is known to be a little on the heavy side as well. If something like streaming videos crashes, I don't see why that wouldn't.
I have also done some testing in safe mode, even with a workaround used to achieve sound in safe mode. Youtube videos DO NOT crash in safe mode, HD, fullscreen, sound, everything fine albeit a little laggy. Infact I have never expericenced this crash while operating in safe mode which leads me to believe this isn't hardware related.
At this point I feel like I have tried everything. I started out on Vista Home x64, ran many virus scans, malware, adware, ect scans, the results were inconclusive. I uninistalled the drivers
for my display adapter and reinstalled them plus the whole catalyst control deal multiple times over. I've performed a complete system restore, and still experienced the crash. Since then I have upgraded to windows 7 Ultimate x64 and while is appears to be a fair bit more stable and quicker, I'm still plagued by this crash.
Other things I've done were run a hard disk check at bootup which found nothing, plus a windows memory checker which also found nothing.
I'm kind of at a loss here which is why I now turn to the wonderful folks here for help. Any thoughts?
I have also provided the .zip file yealded from the crash thread instructions page.