I have a Dell Inspiron, 64 bit, that runs on Windows 7. Forgive me if I put a n00bish post, but I am at the end of my rope here. I wanted to try and fix it myself before coming here but I'm desperate.
Sometime in November, my computer bluescreened out of the blue. I didn't think much of it at the time. First of all, I baby my laptop, never install anything I'm not sure about, and I never go to sites if I'm not 100% confident in them. However, the shut downs started becoming more frequent, like once every three days. Then I started getting worried and rushed to start backing things up. Over time, I have discovered the following patterns:
1. It bluescreens whenever it is idle for more than 30 minutes
2. bluescreens after running for three hours
3. Bluescreens whenever I use windows to create a system back up. It won't even let me create my own system restore points anymore
4. bluescreens whenever I install ANYTHING
5. bluescreens whenever I try to update
Naturally I've tried doing virus scans. Got nothing. I tried repairing the disk. That went fine. I did a memory check, it says that the memory is good. I did a defrag, but it only made it through 80% before BSODing. And I did a system restore to the point before it started BSODing. No luck. All the drivers say they are up to date, as well.
Here's the thing, I NEVER do windows updates. I honestly don't trust them because windows updates have killed my last two laptops. But of course now that I actually try to install any of them, I get a BSOD.
I tried reading the .dmp files, but I get a bunch of gibberish and I can't install anything that would help me read them. So...help? D:
Thanks in advance!