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Vista crsahes to a colored screen and a stuttering noise

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December 18, 2008 2:41:35 AM

Hey everybody, this problem has been plaguing me since I got Vista months ago. This mainly happens when I'm playing a game, but sometimes it happens to me when I'm on my desktop. Vista locks up and usually displays a solid color (blue, grey, brown, w/e) and makes a stuttering noise of whatever the last sound was. Sounds like "duh duh duh duh" but really fast. The only way to get this resolved has been to reboot my computer. I know this is a problem that has been spread all over the internet, but maybe someone here will know.

I have already checked my RAM, it's in the clear.
At first I thought my PSU was underpowered but upgraded to a better one, no go.
All my temps are good, CPU never goes above 45 under full load and my GPU never over 65 full load.
I have all the updated drivers for everything.

Specs:
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L mobo
Intel Q6600 at stock 2.4GHz
6gb G.Skill DDR2 800
Visiontek Radeon HD3870
610 Watt PC Power & Cooling PSU
Seagate 300Gb Barracuda (OS Drive)
WD 400Gb Caviar (Storage)
ATI Tuner Card thing

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December 19, 2008 9:31:58 AM
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First try control panel |perfofmance info|advanced tools and go through the events logs.
See if it says what is going on.

If not I would suggest trying to reinstall the sound drivers.
Most lock ups are silent.
If you are using the Vista sound drivers try the ones for your MB or vice versa.
December 19, 2008 2:15:56 PM

Definately a sound issue... either a driver problem or possibly an issue with the codec chip. (I'm guessing you're using integrated audio as you don't mention a sound card).
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