As title, please help! Aware as I am that a good many of you are well versed in all things techy and computers and 'stuff like that', I would very much appreciate any guidance with this...
It's been going on since last December when the original graphics card stopped graphic-ing and the LPCS fitted a new (and one would like to think, compatible) one - ATI Radeon HD5400 Series.
The main issue is that every time I play an (what I call) embedded video through the browser (FF 13.0.1) i.e. Midweek Movies, after varying lengths of time, often mere seconds, the screen goes black and then returns to the web page with sound but no pictures, just a green rectangle of where the 'embedded' player is supposed to be.
Also a rather handy message box pops up from the tray in the lower RH bit of screen (please note, I could have said 'bottom'. Please also excuse my lack of terminology)informing me that:
'The display driver has stopped working, but has recovered successfully'. Which is, of course, both true and false.
More often than not, the cursor/pointer disappears too. I retrieve the cursor by Ctrl+Alt+del and as soon as the screen goes blue and Vista like, it returns.
Quite obviously the recovery has been partial and unless ATI consider partial performance of their products, I would choose not to define the recovery as 'successful'. I can no longer play AV stuff through the browser, although sometimes iPlayer behaves and 4OD, but only when using a pop out player window.
I've googled the message and quite frankly this appears to be an industry norm, irrespective of whether its, ATI, Nvidia or any other graphics card. Sadly, it appears to be accepted as the norm by the mass of affected users all over the world. There appears to be no one specific cure.
Has a feel of compatibility bolx to me, but clearly I know very little as proven by the tray thing earlier. I wonder if selecting a new bit of hardware for an oldish PC (about 5yrs) is a bit like trying to find the right saddle???
I'm not techy, so I've listed the bits of info that might be relevant below:
Vista Home Premium
Service Pack 2
AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual Core 4200+ 2.2Ghz
ATI Radeon HD5400 Series
Many thanks indeed.