Hello H/A, I built my first PC this past December, and for two weeks or so was an incredibly proud father. I honestly can't remember when the problem first started, but it may have been there all along, and I never noticed because it just took a long time to install all the software and whatnot I wanted.
What happens is this: whenever I'm playing a game on my computer (and only recently when I occasionally watch videos on Dailymotion), my computer completely freezes up, displays either a black screen or a tan/beige color with vertical black stripes, and loops sound continuously until I perform a hard reboot. I can usually tell when it's about to happen because the screen flickers a few times, I think mirroring what's on the monitor. Sometimes the flickering will happen and I can continue playing normally, and other times I get a freeze with no warning whatsoever.
The strangest part about this problem is that it happens in a predictable manner with some games, unpredictably in others, and never with only three that I know of. What I mean is that in the first category, this freeze only happens on the mission recap screen in Alpha Protocol. I've put 35 hours into that game, and it is the only
time I've ever needed a hard reboot.
The second category simply means that the game could freeze up at seemingly any point for any reason. There are times when I can play for hours with no problems, and others when I'm forced to reboot every fifteen or twenty minutes until I give up out of frustration.
The third category consists of Dead Space 1, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Sequence. There's probably been forty hours played between the three of them, and never once have I needed a reboot. The thing is, there is a not insignificant possibility that the freeze up will happen within sixty seconds of exiting out
of these games.
I've contacted my video card manufacturer and my motherboard manufacturer, which had some decent ideas, but neither of which ultimately solved my problem. I've updated every piece of software and hardware I know of, and at this point I've almost resigned myself to not being able to use my computer for some of the things it was built for.
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2100 CPU @ 3.10GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
Memory: 8192MB RAM
Card name: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
Display Memory: 743 MB
Is there anyone out there that can help me?