|So, BSODs have been twarted
||[Jan. 3rd, 2008|10:32 pm]
So... I had a techy problem. It's resolved. The reason was weird.
It turns out the answer is a little utility that came with our ASUS graphics card. It's something called GamerOSD. Basically, it's meant to do some shiny things for gamers, but I don't really need it.
It turns out that it has a 30-day limit for non-Asus cards. It doesn't say what it does after the 30 days, but that shouldn't matter because I have an asus graphics card. Still, something tells me something messed up, meaning that it explains why the problem manifested after about a month. Why it actually interferes with wmvs doesn't make sense, but I know that GamerOSD can record sessions in wmv format... so that might have had something to do with it.
At any rate, as this delightful little utility is tied into the drivers, it explains why things went blue with driver errors. In fact it's so tied in that when I uninstalled it, it uninstalled my drivers. I was just as happy with that to be honest. But now, I'm clean of it, and haven't had a problem with a wmv or game since.
Long story short: don't buy Asus graphics cards, or at the very least don't install their GamerOSD utility.
By the way, Portal and Half Life 2 are shiny. I'm nearly finished portal, and I really really like it. :)