Way OT- websites and videocard

Former users wrote on 7/7/2016, 8:58 PM
I have an old computer with an old video card. I can run windows 10 and Vegas 12 with no issues. I can run Photoshop and all of my programs with no issues. I can surf the web for the most part with no issues, but apparently there is something new out there that people are using to set up their websites. Every once in a while I hit a website that blows my video card up. It causes the computer to reboot and video either just goes blank or becomes all pixilated.

I am asking here because you guys are so much aware of all things computer. Any ideas on what may be causing this issue? It seems related to specific website setups, primarily like Photo websites.


Chienworks wrote on 7/7/2016, 10:22 PM
Are you running the latest drivers for your card? Do you have the latest flash & shockwave installed?
Former users wrote on 7/8/2016, 8:00 AM
Yeah, but it is an older card just barely meets specs for Win 10. I am just curious what some of the new websites are doing that crashes it. It has happened about 3 times and if I try the website again, it will crash it again.
JJKizak wrote on 7/8/2016, 8:10 AM
The only thing I know of is the latest Java problem concerning Google Chrome and Firefox. Some websites use Java applications although this might not be a problem with your setup. I don't know how it would affect video card operation either but maybe try Googling it.
videoITguy wrote on 7/8/2016, 9:18 AM
DonaldT - you describe a problem as I have seen on an older combination of videocard/OS and new browser versions. Like you, I could draw a conclusion that a website surfing is the problem- but in fact that is only coincidence. This happens as a hardware issue (drivers maybe) which if you note, is quite difference from a browser reboot.

You ask what is a browser reboot? Well the symptoms are quite similar and can trigger a companion hardware reboot as well to happen then concurrently.

1) Hardware reboot often initiiates the Microsoft diagnostic for system failings..does return to you to the base of the OS but not the specific app you were inside of...

2) Browser reboot functionality is triggered by the browser pulling the website to your client, failing in some way, then rebooting the browser/and/or PC system - then almost always returns you inside of the website page you were last on.
Former users wrote on 7/8/2016, 9:49 AM

#2 best describes the symptoms I have. It keeps rebooting, going to the same page and rebooting. There is no bluescreen or any other diagnostics to see what caused the problem and I have to either reset or turn off the computer to continue.

Do you have more information or can explain what you mean by "pulling the website to your client".?

I know I need a computer upgrade but this computer is primarily used for web and personal programs, not video editing and money is tight right now.
videoITguy wrote on 7/8/2016, 10:46 AM
You are correct - your problem is browser functionality. My personal theory without any particular justification - is that this behavior primarily started when the Microsoft Explorer Version 7 (?) browser was retired by the website community of brand and developers interest because of the on-coming larger re-write of browser code.

What was intended is that the latest version of competitive browsers would have far more intricate control and even self-diagnosing of website code failures. The result has made these browsers far more trigger sensitive than the previous brute force OF all or nothing client pull of those earlier browsers.
Former users wrote on 7/8/2016, 12:22 PM
Just happened again only this time I got a BSOD. Said it was gathering information and rebooting my PC. Would a newer video card fix this?
videoITguy wrote on 7/8/2016, 12:39 PM
You heard it from me, IF YOU decide to change your video card (and driver) - then DOUBLEY... be sure you ALSO swap out your power supply as well for a new one that meets the system power requirements. THIS gone take you down about $100 out of pocket and may not substantially change this behavior.
Former users wrote on 7/8/2016, 12:50 PM
Replaced the power supply recently so would just need a new card. I may wait and see if it shakes out.
Former users wrote on 7/13/2016, 10:29 AM
I finally got tired of the crashes and changed my video card to a GTX 470 that I was saving in case my edit computer video card died. Since this has current Windows 10 drivers, I am hoping it takes care of the problem. Thanks for everybody's help and suggestions.