I have an Intel Quad Core Workstation that I used to use for high end games and Hyper-V servers. It has an Nvidia 9800 GTX graphics card. (Driver version 280.26) The workstation has 8GB of RAM. It never had any stability issue under Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 R2.
I decided recently to re-purpose it for my wife, and installed Windows 7 Ultimate Edition (64 bit).
She ONLY wants it to use Internet Explorer 8. (Some of her favorite websites do not work with IE9, or Firefox, Chrome. It HAS to be IE 8).
This is a clean install. The NVidia driver is the only software installed so far.
She doesn't need any special graphics features. Aero is turned off. Internet Explorer hardware acceleration is not important.
In addition, I have Adobe Flash hardware acceleration turned off.
Now, it generally seems to work. But sometimes (not always) the machine freezes up when a Flash site is visited.
I have tried with Windows 7 with and without Service Pack 1. Same problem.
Since we do not need anything special (apart from just working) from the graphics card, is there a generic driver / solution I can switch to that won't crash?
Or do I just have to buy a cheap but reliable replacement graphics card?
(I could also have my wife use Windows XP mode, but I do not feel that is a nice solution for your average end user)