PC Crashing randomly when...

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  1. weyland-yutani

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    watching video sources, from streaming. so, i'll be watching a youtube vid and my pc will just crash and reboot. i've reinstalled flash several times but it keeps happening. i uninstall flash and it still happens. i've checked my video card settings and updated the driver, still happens.

    any ideas? thanks,
     
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    So it even crashes when using HTML5 version of Youtube ?

    Thats a hard one to pin down, could be the graphics card is faulty to cause a reboot like that or RAM is faulty, I would do a test with memtest86+ to be sure.
     
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    Is your OS up to date?
    Have you installed any new programs recently?
    Do you get an error after the system reboots?
    Is your system completely functional apart from the crashes that occur when watching a video?
    Have you tried a different browser?

    It would be worth having task manager running when you next try to watch a video to see if the cpu or ram usage jumps prior to the system crashing.

    Sorry for the long list of questions, this is quite an odd issue :S
     
  4. weyland-yutani

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    when the crash happens, the image dies from the pc, but the audio can still be heard playing. that can go on for 30 seconds before the system reboots. it always seems to happen when firefox is open. but not necessarily when firefox is streaming video content, but some video content is playing, either vlc or wmp. wouldn't that point at a video card fault. i'm loathed to do an entire clean install but it looks like that might be the best option to reset all settings. it only started happening recently, maybe a month or two. the only odd thing i have done is remove the windows desktop gadget feature as i had read it was vulnerable. i d/l and ran a tool from microsoft to "fix" it. the problems did occur after that, but no idea if there is correlation.
     
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    Try doing a system restore to a date before the problem started - All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore
     
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    Just a hunch but can you run memtest and post the results please.
     
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    Moot point, now. I tried to reinstall and now the windows instillation wizard says the drive cannot be written to. I have knackered the drive. I backed everything up though. Ordered a new drive.
     
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    Yes, you may have faulty RAM. Can you connect the drive to another PC as an additional drive to see if you can access the folders.
     
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    I'll try once I've reinstalled on the new hdd. The system said the drive could not be installed on because it was GDR type drive or something to that effect.
     

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