While using Chrome with a Flash website open, the system froze again.
At this point I think trends are pointing toward some sort of issue with Flash itself.
I'm going to uninstall and then reinstall the Catalyst drivers and see if that helps.
Update on my situation.
With Flash Uninstalled and not using Flash at all, the system is stable.
When using Chrome with Flash, the system would freeze up randomly and require a hard reboot.
I uninstalled the ATI drivers, all of them using the Control Panel. I rebooted and remained with whatever default drivers Windows 7 chose.
Since then, even when watching youtube, leaving youtube running in the background while playing games etc. the system seems to be stable.
I'll continue to use the system and then advise on further developments.
Chris what is going on man, ive heard nothing from you guys on this situation? I see more people are now getting on board and posting this problem up and i see that your responding (not with any solutions of course).
I'll add my $0.02 here - have been having this problem for some time, and have not been able to find a solution. At first I assumed it was a problem with player - but I've updated several times since this started happening. Then, I thought, maybe my NVidia driver - nope. Updated that too, and I'm using the latest and greatest.
With Flash player not installed, my system has no problems (except I can't see Flash video). After installing, Flash videos longer than 4-5 minutes crash the system - always with a loss of video, and audio, sometimes with a loud buzzing in the speakers. In all cases, the system is still running, but I have lost all video and control and have to hard reboot.
Windows 7 x64, SP1, Asus CG8350, i7-2600 @ 3.4GHz, 8Gb RAM, NVidia 9600 GT running 296.10. All drivers and system software up to date.
Hope we see something soon!
Yes this is exactly what happens. Thus far with Flash Player not installed, I can use Chrome to view flash videos although I have not looked at many recently.
Have you made any recent hardware changes?
Can you guys install our 11.3 beta 3 release and report back on the bug if it helped? The bug status is currently set to Open/ToTest. I've done prolonged testing with my 7970 and the 12.4 drivers but have not seen any system hangs or freezing.
I uninstalled 11.2, then installed 11.3 beta 3 from your link and had the same trouble.
Playing a video within Firefox 12.0 (so I am using the plugin rather than the ActiveX version) and the first video, 6:59, played all the way through. The second video, 11:15, after approximately 8 minutes or so, the screen went blank and the sound changed to the motorboat buzzing sound. My computer was still on, but no way to get control back. Had to hard reboot.
I see there is now a new NVidia driver available (301.42) and I'll try that next.
As a further bit of information, the ActiveX version in IE9 seems OK - I have not seen any freezes there (I can't recall seeing them before on 11.2 either). So it's looking like a plug-in/Firefox combo. I'm going to try Chrome as well, since I think it uses the same plugin as Firefox.
Any other troubleshooting suggestions?
Chris, I tried deleting the profile entirely. Seemed to work at first; I was watching a video for over 9 minutes, then I launched another program and POW. Goodbye screen. Audio continued intermittently for several seconds then I lost that, too.
It really seems like a memory corruption issue when streaming video for long periods (can be cumulative, several short videos seems to do it also).
Tomorrow I'll try it in Chrome and see if I see the same problem.
I had the same issues and its not a Flash problem. The solution was updated drivers. But Windows does not track, and will not find, updated drivers ever. I can't underswtand why Microsoft wants us to think they do. In any case, I used DriverMax and it recommended 7 updated drivers, while Windows said none were needed. After installing them, Flash works perfectly. Try that and let us know what you find.
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