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Here is my computer with all the specs and info- http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01949110&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=4107708
Excuse me for not posting all the info right away, But that was my first post and I wasn't sure if this is the type of place where questions like mine go unanswered (cough XDA). But thanks for the fast reply, I hope you can help.
My computer crashes are almost ALWAYS while watching a youtube video. The chance of it crashing is greater when the video is being played in full screen or at any resolution greater than 480p. It does occasionally crash at other times too, but no matter what it is always while using the internet, like when doing normal browsing. In fact, I was typing this reply out earlier on this computer hoping to god it wouldn't crash, but it did and I lost all my progress. But pretty much, if Google Chrome is not open I can rest pretty sure that it's not going to crash. Upon crashing, it displays a weird morphed, flickering image of whatever was last showing on the screen. I have some photos if they would help?
A few months ago, we were having some pretty bad thunderstorms in our area and this computer went through 2 power failures in a short amount of time. One was as I was sitting here using it, and the other was while I was away and the computer was in sleep mode. Could that have caused problems?
I recently removed the CPU fan and heatsink, and blew out all the dust and wiped the blades. I did my best to not scrape off any of the thermal paste and put it back exactly where I removed it from. But one foolish move that I made was that I put the fan on backwards, and it remained that way for about a month before I flipped it around. In that time the computer was very loud.
I have done some messing around with the internals before, but nothing too crazy. I've just removed the fan and heatsink, removed the ram, and that's about it. I've put everything back precisely where it originally was though. Also, I have added 2 things. I put in an older 180 GB hard drive where I store music, and one single fan toward the back of the computer. Altogether, I don't believe I have damaged any of the parts in there at all. I have run the Hardware Diagnostic tools and there is never a problem to register with the software, even under stress tests on every piece of hardware in there. Also, it's weird that the computer doesn't falter while undergoing a stress test, yet while simply browsing the internet it crashed dang near every time.
Another thing, I have AVG free version 2013, and have run full computer scans without any virus threats. I'm very cautios about viruses. AVG pc tuneup also has been run, and it defragmented my hard drive to great condition and overall increased speed a little.
I will download and run those programs you linked right away, and have the results when they're finished.
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