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Solved: Screen freezes when watching video. Video card problem?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by maddarlo, Jun 11, 2011.

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  1. maddarlo

    maddarlo Thread Starter

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    Hi there,

    Over the past couple of weeks, my PC has begun freezing - but ONLY when I'm watching videos. That can be either streaming or in Media Player etc. It never freezes if I'm doing other stuff.

    Any ideas? is my video card kaput, do you think?

    Cheers,

    Andy
     
  2. Oddba11

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    Have you tried updating the video drivers?
     
  3. lawson_jl

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    I would first check the CPU fan as well as any other fans in the system. It sounds like your CPU is over heating when your PC is being worked hard. A bad video card and or bad system RAM are close seconds.
     
  4. maddarlo

    maddarlo Thread Starter

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    Hi guys, thanks very much for your replies.

    Yes, I tried updating the video drivers. Downloaded them - but they won't install for some reason.

    As for the fans, they're dust-free and working fine. I have, however, just taken some CPU temp readings. 76C when just surfing the web but 90C after just two minutes of watching a video.

    Is there anything I can do? I presume 90 is too hot?
     
  5. lawson_jl

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    That's your issue right there. Get some new heat sink grease and reattach your heat sink. If that doesn't help get a better quaility CPU heat sink and fan.
     
  6. Tanis

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    If you aren't overclocking then the stock heatsink / fan etc should be more than adequate.

    What is the exact make and model of the machine if it is a branded name like HP, Dell etc?
    If its a custom / self build what is the make and model of motherboard, CPU, GPU, RAM, Power Supply (including wattage), case, number of case fans and direction of airflow for each etc.

    How old is the machine?
     
  7. maddarlo

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    Cleaned both fans and applied new paste. Everything hunkydory now. Thanks for your help!
     
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