I'm running Windows Vista on a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop.
Every few days or so, my computer will crash without warning and show me the blue screen of death! This generally happens when I am running an animation of some sort--for example, it has crashed several times while watching TV on Hulu, once while I was testing a Flash movie I was making, and at least 3 times while doing nothing more than running the bubbles screen saver that came with Windows.
Prior to the crash, there is no noticeable slowing of the system or any other problems. It's very sudden every time.
The error messages that I get vary (and I confess I haven't been reading them carefully because I've been so annoyed and just want to get the computer running again!) but the last one said I should check my memory, check for mismatched memory, and check my graphics card. It also said I should uninstall any new hardware.
Well, I ran two different memory diagnostics, both of which did not indicate any errors. I ran a stress test on the graphics card, and, while it slowed my feeble computer down to a crawl, it did not cause the system to crash (I only ran it for 3 minutes, though). And I have not installed any hardware since buying the computer 2 years ago!
Anyone have any suggestions as to the cause and solution to this annoying problem?