It is not unheard of to experience computer freezes or other undesirable performance issues when dealing with a new graphics card. Many people install a new card, with high hopes, only to discover that their machines aren’t running the way they should. Unlike many computer components, graphics cards can be tricky, requiring a fair amount of tweaking and tinkering in order to work correctly.
“Why does my computer keep freezing because of my graphics card?” This is the first question that pop into most people’s heads, and answering it is half the battle. As in medicine, a diagnosis must me made before a problem can be effectively resolved. Luckily, there are some tell-tale signs that can help people put a finger on the exact problem.
Paying close attention to the problem’s behavior is the first step. One should take notice of whether the computer freezes occur when the machine is idle or when it’s running intense software. If the PC freezes are occurring while the computer is idle, this is a sign of system instability. An outdated, incompatible or corrupt driver is likely to be causing the problem. If, however, the computer only freezes when running demanding programs, the list of possible causes grows a bit longer, but drivers could still be the problem.