Apparently there is no longer an option to edit my initial post, so I had to make a new one =/ Anyway, I'm still getting computer freezes random amounts of time after I begin broadcasting, anywhere from 5 minutes to 5 hours, except I no longer get a BSOD ever. It's just a straight up freeze. I've tried updating video card drivers, motherboard drivers, and anything else I can think of, freeing up space on my various external hard drives (a couple were close to full so I emptied a bunch of stuff from them) and I am still having the problem. There seem to be other people out there on various forums with a similar problem where they freeze only when broadcasting, and those people are being told generally that it has to do with drivers on their computers, but those issues after that general guideline seem to be widely varied. I wouldn't even know where to begin to determine which is causing my freezes, if that is even the cause for me. I did want to update with what I've tried and that the problem still isn't gone though.
Edit: I FINALLY got a bsod today instead of a freeze with no information. Despite following the instructions to write minidumps to disk, I still have nothing in the folder where those files should be (this is like the 3rd time I've checked) But I DID manage to get a picture of it with my phone before it went away. Thank god.
I updated all the drivers and software for my motherboard, graphics card, keyboard, mouse, usb drivers, I updated the bios firmware on my motherboard, the firmware on my SSD, disconnected my usb hubs and tried to resolve all the issues in my event viewer logs (but was only partially successful in that) but the freezes seem to be happening more frequently now instead of less. No more blue screens besides the one I took a picture of.
So, I used msconfig and disabled startup items and all services that weren't microsoft. Booted back up and tried to broadcast and sure enough, 10 minutes later, freeze.
Windows memory diagnostic found no issues with memory.
Since the problem got worse, I turned everything back on and did normal boot, played games for like, 7-8 hours straight just to see if it would freeze when I wasn't broadcasting, and nope. No freezes. But within about 20 minutes of beginning a broadcast with OBS or xsplit, BAM freeze.
So as of today I can get 2-5 minutes before a freeze after beginning to broadcast. When the problem first began it would take hours to happen, so I don't know why it's gotten so much worse. Today I actually found a topic on the xsplit forums about somebody having the exact same issue I am having. Sadly, for him it turned out to be some kind of conflict between realtek drivers/hardware with xsplit, and after testing on my own machine and still freezing, that is not the case for me. But he did mention something else, that if he broadcast with any kind of internet browser open, he would crash extremely quickly, but it would take much longer if he didn't not have one open. That seems to be the same in my case as well. If I don't open a browser, I can get 40 minutes to an hour before a crash even with how bad the issue has gotten recently. Sadly, you need the browser open to use your dashboard so you can talk to your viewers, so this is highly inconvenient (I've been getting by accessing the dashboard on my phone and replying on mic, but it's quite tedious) Hopefully the information is relevant and can help point somebody who knows a lot more about computers than I do in the right direction.
Any help I could get when somebody is free would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
Edited by Cheap-o, 08 February 2014 - 10:36 PM.