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It kinda sounds like your graphics card may be overheating and/or potentially starting to fail.  The flashing top bar and the bands of color are both symptoms of overheating.  Crashing the entire PC will also occur under those conditions.

Start by cleaning your PC.  Getting rid of all the dust bunnies and make sure you have good air flow around the graphics card.

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It kinda sounds like your graphics card may be overheating and/or potentially starting to fail.  The flashing top bar and the bands of color are both symptoms of overheating.  Crashing the entire PC will also occur under those conditions.

Start by cleaning your PC.  Getting rid of all the dust bunnies and make sure you have good air flow around the graphics card.

--Cinn

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There are a couple of odd bugs that will make you crash almost immediately.  Here's one that affects Firestorm and may also cause problems on other viewers:

When you receive notifications, unless you dismiss them, they accumulate for later reading, in the small envelope icon on the lower right of the screen. Over time, they will grow in number. If you log out, these unread notifications are saved for when you next log in. If there are too many of them, processing them during next log in can cause a log in time out and you will be disconnected. The solution here is to delete the file with the saved notifications.

  • Locate your Firestorm settings folder. If you do not see this folder, you may need to show hidden folders.
    • On XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[YOUR USERNAME]\Application Data\Firestorm
      or use the environment variable %APPDATA%)
    • On Windows Vista and 7: C:\Users\[uSERNAME]\AppData\Roaming\Firestorm
      (or use the environment variable %APPDATA%)
    • On a Mac: /Users/[YOUR USERNAME]/Library/Application Support/Firestorm
    • On Linux: ~/.firestorm
  • In this folder, open each folder which has the name of your SL account(s) and inside that, delete the file called open_notifications.xml - this will result in all past, unread notifications being lost.

There is also an issue with having too many active gestures.  See http://wiki.phoenixviewer.com/doku.php?id=gesture_issues  for a discussion of that one.   I'm not aware of a similar issue with textures. I can imagine a circumstance in which an underpowered graphics card gets overwhelmed, overheats, and causes a crash, but you would probably see other symptoms of overheating as well.

ETA:  Ah... I missed the flashing top bar when I read it before.  That might be an overheating symptom.

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