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January 29, 2013 11:41:48 PM

I've been having a problem with my computer for roughly a year now and I'm at my wit's end trying to figure out the cause of it.

The issue is my computer completely freezes with a loud buzzing almost strictly when I have some sort of video playing (youtube video, stream, game). But it has under very rare occasions frozen with nothing playing. Often times the nature of the buzzing is accompanied by the sound that was being played in a distorted slow motion. Another thing to note is that it ALWAYS recovers. Sometimes after 30 seconds, other times 3-4 minutes. The more video I have playing at a time massively increases the likelihood of a freeze. Some days it seems to be worse, happening 10-15 times, other days just a few.

My first thought was a heat problem, I had a relatively small tower with a large PSU put in it and no exhaust fan. So I went out and bought an exhaust fan and even tried aiming another small external fan of mine to try and blow away some of the hot air. It lowered the temperatures by a little, but the thing is even when the temps are in a safe range it still freezes. I have my PC on a desk placed toward the back corner of a room if that has any relevance.

My video drivers are up to date and I've even swapped my graphics card with another, fully functional one, and the freezing still occurs. I've also run memtest on each individual stick and had 0 errors.

Just yesterday I took my PC to a friends place planning on swapping parts with his computer until we could hopefully isolate what was causing the issue. the first thing we tried was using his PSU on my computer, the result of this seemed to have fixed the problem completely. I ran as many videos as I could find for hours on end and not a single freeze occurred. But here's the thing, when I put MY PSU back in, I still couldn't induce a freeze! I stressed it the same way with no complications, which is unheard of. That same night when I brought my computer back to my residence, the freezing immediately started like usual! So then I was thinking bad outlet, and tried the other across the room but to no avail. Should I try plugging in on a completely different level of the house. or am I just wasting my time?

Please help :( 

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January 30, 2013 12:15:16 AM

Do you have a specific codec pack installed e.g. K-Lite... ect...? as this sounds like a problem with codecs conflicting.
If you have got extra codecs installed, try un-installing them to see if that fixes the problem.
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January 30, 2013 11:03:35 PM

Rusty1983 said:
Do you have a specific codec pack installed e.g. K-Lite... ect...? as this sounds like a problem with codecs conflicting.
If you have got extra codecs installed, try un-installing them to see if that fixes the problem.


I just uninstalled X-vid codec. Now I haven't had a freeze yet but it hasn't been very long. Also, I took a screenshot of my codecs because I'm not sure which ones should or shouldn't be on there.

http://imgur.com/YTxfGO9
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May 13, 2013 9:04:15 AM

John-Paul said:
Rusty1983 said:
Do you have a specific codec pack installed e.g. K-Lite... ect...? as this sounds like a problem with codecs conflicting.
If you have got extra codecs installed, try un-installing them to see if that fixes the problem.


I just uninstalled X-vid codec. Now I haven't had a freeze yet but it hasn't been very long. Also, I took a screenshot of my codecs because I'm not sure which ones should or shouldn't be on there.

http://imgur.com/YTxfGO9


Hi John-Paul, any luck with your codecs fixing your freezing issue??? im currently experiencing the exact same issues myself. contemplating replacing motherboard or other gpu/cpu hardware?...

PC Specs:
- i7 2700k CPU
- Asus P8Z68-V Pro Gen 3 Motherboard (never overclocked)
- Cooling Corsair hydro H80 CPU cooler ( system temps all seem fine)
- GTX 590 GPU (tried all nvidia gpu drivers but freezing issue persisting)
- Primary hard disk: intel 520s 240gb SSD
- secondary hdd: WD 1TB Caviar Blue
- RAM Corsair 16gb Vengeance
- PSU Corsair AX-1200w Modular power supply
- Windows 7 home premium 64bit



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November 30, 2015 5:56:58 PM

I was looking for the answer to precisely this question for a couple of days. On an intelligently worded search, this thread is the top hit in Google. Since google is directing people to this thread, I created an account to post the answer. After I figured out the computer had an error (often hidden before I could see it) that indicated the "display driver stopped responding and has recovered", I started searching specifically for that error. While OP did not state his operating system, the last poster here did. Since I had the same exact issues and was also running windows 7, I was able to locate the following page:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2665946

If you want the easy mode fix, simply scroll down the page to where it says "have windows fix it for me". The program they run will set your computer to work better with the GPU. This seems to be a problem with older GPUs being unable to keep up with windows 7. I experienced this with an old video card, rolling back drivers did not work. I removed the video card and ran a video and it froze within a few seconds using on board video. That's when I realized this error is not unique to a crappy video card or a single crappy driver.

If you can't get on the web from the computer with the problem, either write down the instructions or transfer the file from the other page onto a flash drive. In case MS decides to move the page, the directions to solve this issue are:

Exit all Windows based programs.
Click Start, type regedit in the Search box, and then double-click regedit.exe from the results above. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Browse to and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers
On the Edit menu, click New, and then select the following registry value from the drop-down menu specific to your version of Windows (32 bit, or 64 bit):

For 32 bit Windows
Select DWORD (32-bit) value.
Type TdrDelay as the Name and click Enter.
Double-click TdrDelay and add 8 for the Value data and click OK.

For 64 bit Windows

Select QWORD (64-bit) value.
Type TdrDelay as the Name and click Enter.
Double-click TdrDelay and add 8 for the Value data and clickOK.
Close the registry editor and then restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Best of luck to whomever randomly googles across this post next. I'll leave a tab on this page from my good computer and update if this solution turns into a failure. I have the cheaper older computer running videos on the other side of the room. Should the problem occur in the next few hours I would hear a loud buzzing.

Update--It went over an hour before the problem surfaced. When it did surface it wasn't quite as bad as before. I'm installing a new video card since the on-board system was terrible.

Update 2: The previous posts were made last night. This morning (Dec 1st, 2015) with the new video card installed and the latest drivers loaded I put on some long youtube playlists. In over 2 hours there were 0 events.

Update 3: The errors came back. They wouldn't happen during testing, but as soon as it was time for dinner and a show the errors came right back. I'm starting to think the proper solution to this video error is to take the machine over to the trash can and drop it inside.
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