I bought this, Windows 8, computer from Wal-mart.com and the cost was too good to be true... Obviously, it was. Due to
frequent crashing while playing games, it's pretty easy to see that Wal-Mart was trying to dump their stock of this
computer and it worked.
I'm going to have to turn this computer inside out to figure out what someone did wrong and fix it. I have obtained some
clues from using it to aid in diagnosing the issue:
My first clue is that the computer only freezes during graphically intensive times such as playing games, where it freezes
and you can see where it lost control of the pixels showing out of place red, green, and blue pixels. (The primary colors of
light used by monitors to create all colors)
My second clue is that the computer never has a problem with Streaming videos or playing Windows 8 Apps no matter
how graphically intense, even while full-screened and at max quality (graphics and resolution)
My third clue is that the computer restarts sometimes while accessing the bios setup. The bios setup is very graphical
with pictures, buttons, and flashing lights in the background. It has a very nice GUI.
My fourth clue is that some games cause the computer to restart faster than others. While Minecraft and Minecraft mods
can run for over 5 mins, most desktop games only last around one min. before crashing or restarting
My fifth clue is that some games, like Alien Swarm, were fixed after updating the graphics card drivers while other games, such as Team Fortress 2, were unaffected.
My sixth clue is that the computer is restarting while other times freezing. It only restarts during the bios setup while
both occurrences have been seen while playing games. No pattern is apparent.
Games don't seem to crash in menus, but this could be coincidence.
The restarting during the Bios Setup has lead me to believe it's not a flaw with Windows 8
Updating the graphics drivers have lead me to believe it's not a flaw with the GPU
If you have any ideas of how to fix the problem, I would love to know and try them! Thanks for reading this and have a great day!