Computer freezes while streaming video

December 30, 2012 at 15:54:34
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, i7 @ 2.668 GHz / 8182 MB
Whether on Windows or Ubuntu, Chrome or IE within a random amount of time, my computer freezes and needs a hard reset. Usually there's a loud buzzing with it. I've tried replacing the video card and my sound driver is up to date. This happens about 95% of the time while streaming videos such as on Hulu. I can spend all day playing Skyrim or WoW without a problem and after just a few minutes on HUlu every time, it will freeze. Any ideas?

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#1
December 30, 2012 at 16:11:03
A memory problem is the first thing that comes to mind although I'm not sure about the buzzing. How much memory is in the PC?

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#2
December 30, 2012 at 16:59:48
I have 4x2g of RAM

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#3
December 30, 2012 at 20:35:47
I assume that means 8GB ram in 4 2GB sticks. That should be plenty to stream video. It has to be a hardware problem if it's happening on 3 different operating systems. I'm assuming that all those operating systems are on the same PC. Is that correct?

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#4
December 30, 2012 at 20:49:22
Yeah that's 4 2g sticks. On both Windows and Ubuntu OS. And yes on the same PC. I thought it might be the graphics card, but it happened with 3 different cards. I also thought it might be an audio issue, but my driver is up to date. I've completely taken apart and put everything back together multiple times to ensure good connections. The thing is, I don't understand why it's only while streaming video- even on the default youtube setting, while I can run something like Skyrim with relatively high settings.

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#5
December 31, 2012 at 06:00:55
What about the power supply? It may not be providing enough power to the motherboard. That would account for it happening on both OSes.

Or maybe the problem is before the PC. If you have a cable provider, check for lose coaxial cable connections. Is there a separate router? How many machines are on the network. Disconnect the other machines temporarily.

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#6
December 31, 2012 at 09:10:48
My PSU is a modular 700w thermaltake. I think that's way more than I even need.

There's me and another computer connected to the network switch via e-net cable. The other computer has no problems. If it was a bad connection, wouldn't I have a problem with online games as well?


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#7
December 31, 2012 at 10:03:12
why not do a mem test to see if the ram is faulty?
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tools...

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#8
January 1, 2013 at 15:11:15
I finished 7 passes with no errors today on memtest86+, so it looks like that's ok.

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