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Computer Freezes (Graphics Driver Problem?)

By Spottyfriend
Jul 18, 2015
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  1. Over the past week my computer has been freezing and restarting without warning. This does not seem to be a BSOD, as I've had trouble with one before and that used to stay on the screen until I restarted: this automatically restarts.

    First I thought it was random, but all of 4 times have been whilst playing various games on Steam. Each time also seemed to be in response to an action within the game: I click on something in the menu - freeze and restart; I get killed in-game - freeze and restart.

    My computer is powerful enough to run all the games I have on full graphics setting and I have never had any trouble like this before; it is recent and has only started within the last week or so.

    What on earth is going on?
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Could be a failing power supply
     
  3. Spottyfriend

    Spottyfriend TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 81

    Could you be a little more specific? And are there any tests I can do?
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,322   +622

    IMO, you're stressing the video system (ie graphics driver). Go online and search for an update to your graphics card.
     
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    After you look for an updated video driver, and if it doesn't help, is this a laptop or desktop computer?
     
  6. Spottyfriend

    Spottyfriend TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 81

    My video driver is fully updated and yet this still happens, though last time it happened there was a quick error message that popped up that mentioned NVIDIA so its definitely something to do with that. This is a desktop we're talking about.
     
  7. Spottyfriend

    Spottyfriend TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 81

    I think this might be getting worse - even on the smallest windowed mode this happens... I can't really play any games right now.
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    What version of Windows are you running?
     
  9. Spottyfriend

    Spottyfriend TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 81

    I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium - Service Pack 1
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Have you scanned for a virus or other malware? What antivirus program are you using?
     
  11. Spottyfriend

    Spottyfriend TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 81

    I have, within the last month, done a full scan with Microsoft Security Essentials.
     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Back to this?
     
  13. Spottyfriend

    Spottyfriend TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 81

    Are there any diagnostic tests I can do to see if this is the case?
     
  14. Spottyfriend

    Spottyfriend TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 81

    I may have fixed it - or at least it seems that way from my quick test. I'll post back if this problem reoccurs but for those with a similar problem, see this.
     
  15. Spottyfriend

    Spottyfriend TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 81

    Well that didn't work for long - any more suggestions are much appreciated.
     
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Power supply?
     
  17. Spottyfriend

    Spottyfriend TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 81

    Okay - any suggestions as to what I could actually do? Diagnostic tests to see whether this is actually the case?
     
  18. bazz2004

    bazz2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,232   +201

    I think that you'd have to swap the power supply out to check but it could also be the graphics card. I've had a few of those die on me and I play few games. Look to see if the fan is spinning properly and download a free program to check the temperatures of the cpu and gpu eg Speedfan.
     

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