Background... my idiot ex-bf hooked up an antique power surge protector to my Dell Studio XPS running Windows 7. The surge protector caused my computer to do a few cold shut downs and after one of these it came back with a black screen displaying this error message... NOTICE - Hard Drive SELF MONITORING SYSTEM has reported that a parameter has exceeded its normal operating range. Dell recommends that you back up your data regularly. A parameter out of range may or may not indicate a potential hard drive problem.
Press F2 to resume
Pressing F2 took me to a blue screen that appeared to have options for BIOS(I am not very educated in these things). If I hit ESC, then confirmed that I wanted to Escape by hitting F10, it would boot up normally and I could use my computer with no problems. So this has been my procedure for the last 6 months or so. Yesterday I do a warm shut down and it comes back up with the usual error message, but this time after hitting ESC and F10, it took me to a BSOD. I tried Start Up Repair which said it could not fix the problem. The specific error message is 0x0000007b.
Trying to repair from my Windows install disk gives me this error...
Start Up Repair Error
problem event name: startuprepair offline
problem signature 01: 6.1.7600.16385
problem signature 02: 6.1.7600.16385
Attempting to run Check Disk gives this error...
The type of the file system is NTFS. Cannot lock current drive. Windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is write protected
I was ready to chalk it up to a bad hard drive and start saving up for a new one, but then something else off began happening. It seems like after a certain amount of time, my monitor says it is going to sleep and then proceeds to do so. The odd thing is that it won't wake up. Says No VGA Signal. Also, it goes to sleep regardless if the mouse if moving or not. I tested that out by leaving the mouse in my daughter's swing so it was constantly moving, and monitor was asleep 10 minutes later. Only way to get the monitor to turn on without shutting back off after VGA error is to reboot the computer. I was going to try running some hard drive repair programs on Knoppix, but am unable to do so because of the monitor going to sleep.
Is this likely a bad hard drive problem or could it be something else? Thanks in advance.
For help with Windows 7 BSODs, follow these steps, create a new thread in the Crashes and Debugging forum, and add your dump files zip as an attachment. I did read that post, but can't get Windows to load up at all, so am unable to retrieve any dump files.