At 4/17/12 10:08 PM, Trey5169 wrote:
I have NOT downloaded any of the antivirus stuff, BUT I have proof beyond a reasonable doubt that this is not a virus-related issue. Mostly the fact that at school (and yes, I do go to newgrounds on computers at school, using google's cahe, because school blocks newgrounds.com) every desktop computer they have (windows 7 converted from windows xp) gets random "display driver has stopped responding and has recovered" messages, after a few seconds of a frozen display. Sometimes, the problem persists, and after about 30 seconds, they get the BSOD. Keep in mind, this is EVERY desktop in the school, however, there are several lenovo laptops that are "optimized for video game performence" that run newgrounds just fine. A little laggy, but no BSOD. NOTE: until this point, I am referring to the pre-2012 version of newgrounds! After newgrounds was updated, the desktop computer's rate of getting the BSOD seemed to rise, and a new problem arose... My home started having the same issues! Now, until now, I was unable to provide system information, but, as this is my personal laptop, I can provide much more detail. PM me if you need to know more, but for now, here is a small list of somewhat important stuff, and some wierd factors that may play a part in the arising of the BSOD (and that secretly hope you can help ;) )
my computer is a dell inspiron 1501, OS windows 7, converted from windows vista.
My computer has 3 browsers: Internet explorer 9 beta, firefox (insert newest public release as of 4/17/2012) which, If I remember correctly, had been working fine before it updated itself, and google chrome, which I am using now, and only seems to hate the flash animations and movies.
computer specs: (I got this thing used, so IDK if anything was upgraded, however, if something was, I don't think I would be having issues right now) duo-core processor, 2 gb of ram, 80 gb hard drive space, and, in terms of computer rating, is a good all-around computer... untill you look at the graphics. It is not too good at that. (computer performance rating on a scale of 1.0 to 7.9:
Processor (calculations per second) 4.1
Memory (RAM) (Memory operations per second) 5.1 (highest subscore)
Graphics (desktop performance for windows Aero) 3.0 (lowest subscore)
Gaming graphics (3D business and gaming graphics performance 3.2
Primary hard disk (disk transfer rate) 4.9
Irregularities that may effect performance (not found on school desktops)
start up: My laptop will not start up unless it is physically warm, and will crash if it gets too hot. I don't shut it down unless I have to. It appears to loop the first few seconds of the start sequence, from where the dvd drive will spin to just before the screen comes on, making it impossible to even reach the BIOS until the computer is warm.
Monitor: the entire right side of the computer monitor is screwed up. It is a hardware issue, and I have fixed it by attatching and using a separate monitor.
Hard drive: The hard drive (which is held to the computer by screws on this model of computer) is not secured by screws. Basically, I can pull it out any time I want to. This does not pose an immediate issue, but it does bring up the question of possible/partial hare drive corruption before I got this machine.
Well, now that I'm done telling you all that you may or may not need to know, can you possibly help me? If I need to refresh your memory after all of that, my computer is getting the BSOD on newgrounds.
Thanks a lot, I can't wait to be able to fully enjoy newgrounds again!
P.s. If you are going to suggest me buying a new laptop, don't reply. I would rather not buy a new laptop, if I have a choice...
Two main possibilities:
1) Windows is screwing around (very probable, nothing much you can do about it)
2) Physical hardware failure (very probable, given how old your machine is)
Well, since you do not want a new machine, and I note that you are using a laptop so it's not feasible to swap individual components...
Ok, I agree that it does not sound like a virus. First of all, have you done some basic general cleanup? Ccleaner sweep+registry check should suffice. Update windows.
Well, chances are that you have already done these, then the next best thing I can suggest is to eke out 10GB of space (might be hard since you only have 80), and install ubuntu. It's free, easy to use and install, and is your best bet at prolonging the usable life of your old machine when crappy windows fails...and it runs NG just fine (I'm writing this on an ubuntu machine)