Hello, and thanks for reading this. =) I am in no hurry and will appreciate any help. I have never built computers or anything like that, just so you know.
In 2007 I bought a nice HP computer, and some time later, in 2008 I had a friend replace the graphics card with a Nvidia GTX 9800. Mainly to play games, like WoW, Lorto, Star Trek Online, etc...
I am pleased with the graphics quality in games and have no complaints...but it seems this problem happened after the graphics card was installed.
however, for 2 years now, I have put up with random freezing. This mostly (98%) of the time, happens during games. The audio sometimes will hang on the last sound it was making, and everything just freezes. I can't hit the windows button to tab out, or move the mouse. I have to hold in the power button to restart.
I've done numerous google searches over the years to address this. Most people say it's a heat issue. I highly doubt that, because, when it is working fine, I can play 3D games for HOURS without a hitch. I have also noticed that it happens more often when my computer hasn't freshly booted. If I've been in sleep mode or the computer has been running for a while before I play games, it's much much more likely to freeze than if I do a fresh restart.
I am just looking for someone to walk me through a possible solution at your convenience. I have increased virtual memory, updated drivers, etc...to no avail.
Here are the specs:
Windows 7 32bit
Core2Quad CPU 2.4 GHz
specifically, it's HP Pavilion Elite m9040n Desktop PC Product Specifications - HP Customer Care (United States - English)
with the added Nvidia card.
Thanks for any help you can give. What other info do you need?