I have a laptop which I have for the past ~3 years and I am having weird issues with my GPU.
I have the Nvidia Geforce GT320m (In an Asus K40ID) and basically almost every time I play a video (mostly youtube), it just crashes. I get this non-stop buzzing noise (which is the exact note at which the video is at) and the screen freezes. The whole computer becomes unresponsive and most people would say a hard reboot is needed, but if I wait (generally 2 minutes, faster than a reboot, i have 5400rpm hard drive), it will just work fine again. Sometimes (rarely) it would say "Adobe flash plugin crashed" and always it says "something something Nvidia graphics drivers version (something) crashed and restarted successfully".
What I did:
The thing is, I am getting really annoyed at the moment, because its happening just about every 2nd video (~every 6 or 7 minutes) and I like watching YouTube (quite a lot... 1-2hrs daily). This is what I've tried:
-System restore. Multiple ones.
-Updated graphics drivers (several times, even beta ones. No success)
-Updated adobe flash (several ones, beta ones etc..)
-Tried several browsers (even beta ones)
-Tried improving cooling (placing a huge fan underneath. GPU never drops below 55 on idle. Easily goes above 90C during load. Been that hot since the day I got it)
-Tried several settings and options (all the way down to messing with nvidia control panel, but reseted it as nothing changed).
-Tried different countries, so not underpowered (they have different voltages and current).
-Reduced several start up programs, to make sure nothing conflicts.
-Complete antivirus scan of everything.
-Defragmented my hard drive several times and used several speed up programs
-Several other things, which I cant remember.
I have had this issues since August and just about did every possible solution known to man-kind. The graphics card is in the same state as it was when the problem first occured... crashy. Sometimes it crashes more, sometimes less, completely random. I did speed up my whole system in the process, but my GPU is still evil......
Not sure about games, because the most modern game I play is Ghost Recon (the original from 2001), so even a potato can handle that on max settings.
It would be nice if someone could come up with a solution. I know there is a relative chance that my GPU is just broken, but then to stop the crashes, I need to just turn it off, which I can, but the GMA graphics with my MOBO is.... just.... crap. The resolution goes down to 480p and I can just as well use my desktop (running windows 98... pretty old). If someone can come up with a solution, I would be forever thankful! I've browsed the web and tried everything but found noting in the past 5 months.... sorry if this gets too long and boring...