It may only be because my laptop wasn't built for gaming, but often when I play World of Warcraft, my system will freeze, particularly when I'm trying to access my backpack or loot a body, anything that requires an inset menu screen. Sometimes I get a driver display error, (the code to which I should have written down, but didn't) which prompts me to restart. I always end up holding down the power button, as Ctrl+Alt+Del doesn't respond.
Alternatively, I get a blue screen that prompts me to check for BIOS updates. According to Dell's website, I have the most current BIOS version already installed.
Also, the computer occasionally overheats and shuts itself down, so I've taken to sitting by a fan pointed at the "exhaust" vents when I play.
I would like to upgrade my graphics settings and/or hardware, but I'm not sure if this is the problem. I know I'm also pretty short on RAM, and could try upgrading that.
My video settings in the game are as low as they can go, and I play in fullscreen mode, not "windowed." Any ideas on how I can make the most out of my system and play Warcraft without interruption?
Thanks in advance for your help.