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First, I would like to say that I am new to this site, so hello :)
I tried looking at other threads on this but none seemed to have my exact issue.

I recently bought an L655-S5156 Toshiba Satellite laptop that runs beautifully..until now.
I bought the laptop in early Feb 2011 and installed Sims 3 and all expansions. The first week I had no issues what so ever with display driver. Then after the first week, my game would randomly flicker black and crash the whole computer. Sometimes if I alt+tabbed it fast enough I could end the game before it locked up.
I've tried uninstalling the driver (which was latest update by Toshiba) in both safe and normal modes, rebooting and re-updating...no luck. I even tried Intel's generic one...still no luck. I turned V-sync on and disabled DEP as some people said that interfered with Sims 3. Again, nothing.
I am at a loss as I don't know what caused it to go from no errors at all to this every time. Sometimes it happens after an hour of gameplay, other times within the first few minutes.
I heard that a windows update K9 or something caused issues but I'm not sure if that's the case. All I know, as I said, was after the first week or so this started to occur.

System specs:

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name ASHLEY-PC
System Manufacturer TOSHIBA
System Model Satellite L655
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6200 @ 2.13GHz, 2133 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date INSYDE 1.70, 9/15/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.6
Windows Directory C:\windows
System Directory C:\windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name Ashley-PC\Ashley
Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.80 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.52 GB
Total Virtual Memory 7.60 GB
Available Virtual Memory 6.18 GB
Page File Space 3.80 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys


Intel driver version: 8.15.10.2202 aka 8/25/2010 via Toshiba customized.


Please help me, I don't know quite enough about computers to understand what to do.
 

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New or newish games can be particularly punishing to a PC, especially to the graphics card, plus with so little space inside a laptop (compared to a tower PC for example) overheating can become a problem with game-play & this itself causes errors & crashes.

I've always maintained that a games-console is better suited for frequent game playing.
 
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