Have you tried looking in compmgmt.msc to see if there are any error messages hitting your system's logs? That's a good starting point. I don't deal with Win7 but on XP it's Start...Run... enter in compmgmt.msc you'll see event logs.
I used to at least know what to look for in Windows XP's event viewer, but I've yet to be able to figure out how to see what I need to see in Windows 7's version of it.
Even when I was able to see any errors, the only ones that would ever show up are those of it complaining about being shut down inappropriately, and NEVER about how flash FUBAR'd shit up -- Because, f*ck Sony
Also unless you have a specific reason to use the latest flash version, why not just use a known stable old version? Uninstall the new flash, it's known crap, reboot, install the known good version, reboot, then you're computer's good to go. I'm using a seriously old version and I've never seen a website where the content doesn't play properly if it's flash based. v10 for the plugin, v11 for the activex, and get the raw setup from oldversion.com or something.
And don't worry about flash too much, it's so yesterday. Please also turn off auto updates. Only update if there's a specific reason. Especially from a hack company like adobe.
If you have a freeze it's generally hardware related, as in drivers allowed something to happen that shouldn't of happened, or some critical component of the operating system failed which could still be drivers. This is why I'm bringing up legacy drivers, if your 285 no longer has any real updated drivers, and they just updated physx/etc then this will likely continue to be a problem.
If flash, or the browser is just crashing, that's far more acceptable than drivers allowing something to cause the system to freeze.
I would assume your 8800 is on legacy drivers at this point, and likely also your 285 due to it's age.
If flash just crashes in chrome, and is recoverable then use that, you won't even need flash installed separately.
Also just because you run a 64-bit os, basically for the only reason of Microsoft forced people who have 4GB or more of memory to take full advantage of it instead of fully enabling pae doesn't mean you have to run 64-bit software. -- I distrust those people who know so well what god wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires- Susan B. Anthony Yesterday we obeyed kings, and bent out necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to the truth- Kahlil G.
I suggest this, grab a video from yt, anything it doesn't matter, and play it using vlc or winamp. Does it work that way? Once you start knocking out things that aren't the cause, then maybe you can focus in on what might be the cause of your errant system's problems.
In the following don't install any retard toolbars or anything related to that. Don't just click OK to everything, you probably know that already but I had to say it. Get vlc and winamp. Grab youtubedownloader. Grab this from yt, it could be anything, but I had to pick something and it's from Australia as is this site's owner Justin.
Download it with ytdl. Don't pick any conversion options, let it download to it's native format then let it play naturally through vlc or winamp, they should both work. Are you telling me that it doesn't play? If it doesn't then your system has some deep problems beyond flash.
Problem is, now I don't know which is going to be a "good" version of it anymore.
11.3 has a known issue where no video from youtube plays at all, with the only solution being upgrade or downgrade. And youtube won't allow any videos to play at all on 10.* or earlier.
I uninstalled Waterfox 16 and went to firefox 17, and it auto-installed the current version... and of course that crashed. Chrome eventually crashed the system, too.
I already am running the current version of nvidia's drivers - 310.70... heck, unlike ATI, these drivers would even still be good for my old 6600GT, where they obsolesced out support for the last Radeon card I bought six weeks after I bought it for another system that didn't have integrated graphics to go on.
Creative's site has listed no real driver update for the X-Fi in a while. Just some different software components. I also went and reinstalled the current/last chipset drivers that they had. -- Because, f*ck Sony
How do I get VLC to play stuff on Youtube when Youtube demands that I install Flash Player to actually see the content in the first place? This is where I'm confused.
Reinstalling the chipset drivers - a step I didn't really think would do anything - seemed to grant me some more time. Strangely, noticed that while playing, task manager would show two instances of the Flash Player Plugin, particularly when I select to have the video full-screen. I was just getting toward the end of SDA's Blaster Master Speed run for one of their "Awesome Games Done Quick" marathons before the video stopped, only to be followed by the audio, and followed suit by the PC just completely freezing over.
Only driver I've yet to uninstall and reinstall now would be the sound card. Downloading that as I type this. I'd really like for this bullshit to end, given that I got a vacay to go to in less than a week. -- Because, f*ck Sony
Reinstalled the sound card drivers. At first, i was hesitant because I thought I would have to do a full uninstall and (re)install.
Reinstalled Flash via Firefox's auto-download of it. Naturally now, set it to not auto-look for updates.
So far, so good.
Good, there's no reason that these things don't rip for you. I suggest turn off auto updates, it's not unknown that sometimes those muck things up. Just get a stable system, back it up, and work on from there.
Well, sadly, while it was doing good for a few days, it ended up crashing again.
Right now on vacay, just popping in quick to post this.
It had been problem free for a few days, but if I recall correctly, it ended up crashing when there were like three or four pages all trying to load Flash Player at once.
Another anomaly I don't understand is how when I was looking at the Task Manager, I now notice two instances of the Flash Player executable running - one wtih a teeny amount of RAM, another with more, whenever I run into a site that uses it for any reason. YouTube is the most common site that seems to kill my PC, because it is requiring me to have such a recent build installed in order to actually play any videos on it. I noticed that with other sites I go to for videos don't require as new a build as YouTube does.
I meant to post this sooner, but I won't be able to get back to my PC to do anything about it until Saturday, anyway. -- Because, f*ck Sony
Whelp, today I made time to clean out my PC, and among other things, add a fan to the H50 so I can have a proper push-pull for airflow.
As I was unplugging and about to start reseating everything in the machine, that's when I noticed this...
Funny thing is, like I said, I didn't have any of my monitors ever connected to the 8800GTS, but this is what was up with the lead feeding it. Which is funny, because I know it'll stop POST if for whatever reason I leave it disconnected.
It makes me wonder if maybe this is why I was having so many problems with Flash Player? Thankfully I had a remaining lead from the power supply that was still perfectly good. But still... -- Because, f*ck Sony
Being black, it was probably just a ground. There are multiples, so unless the other wires were undersize or the card really pushes to the current limit, I doubt if it would make a difference. Although if it was intermittent, it could have been causing small glitches.
Whelp, frustratingly, it still killed my PC again.
This is so damned frustrating. I don't know what ticks me off more. The fact that it freezes the system so bad that no response from the keyboard and mouse works, so the only thing I can do is hit the reset button on the tower itself, or the fact that because it is so unpredictable, that I have no idea when it'll strike again.
Many times I could go for a few days of usage before it would 'strike.' Other times, like there was one day where it froze and killed my system four times in a single day.
I don't know what else to do. Updating drivers, extensions, browsers, changing browsers... nothing seems to resolve it. -- Because, f*ck Sony
Problem is, no website that features videos will use anything but flash player. Even the so-called "HTML5" version of YouTube is both feature-neutered and still requires flash player to be installed in order for it to work. Which is aggravating, to say the very least. -- Because, f*ck Sony