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Windows 7: Is this a sign of hardware failure?

29 Jun 2013   #1
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 
Is this a sign of hardware failure?

Sometimes when I boot into Windows, I am sometimes greeted with white lines across the screen (usually when attempting to chkdsk, etc). This remains and Windows does not boot, I have to either reboot or use a restore point if necessary.

Usually when I bootup, there are 6 or so white dashes but these are fine and Windows continues to boot.

Any suggestions?

Screenshots of 'corrupted' boot dashes
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29 Jun 2013   #2
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

From what you've said it could be the video card or it'd driver. You could start by clean re-installing the graphics driver.

Do this: go to the START menu and type "problem" in the search box. Then click on "view solutions to problems". What do you find there?
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29 Jun 2013   #3
Eblim

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Do you have an adapter attached between a VGA cord and your graphics card port? It may be your adapter's compatibility if it's a 3rd party. That would be best-case-scenario as adapters are significantly cheaper than other computer hardware!
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30 Jun 2013   #4
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
From what you've said it could be the video card or it'd driver. You could start by clean re-installing the graphics driver.
I looked for a driver and could not find one, I recently installed CCC but the issue happened before that.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
Do this: go to the START menu and type "problem" in the search box. Then click on "view solutions to problems". What do you find there?
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eblim View Post
Do you have an adapter attached between a VGA cord and your graphics card port? It may be your adapter's compatibility if it's a 3rd party. That would be best-case-scenario as adapters are significantly cheaper than other computer hardware!
There's a DVI to VGA adapter as my monitor does not support it, I took some pictures as examples:
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30 Jun 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Some hardware tests to run.


Hard drive(s)test(s):
Pick one for your HDD brand or use Seatools.
7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools

RAM (memory) test:
This will require memtest on a bootable CD or USB stick.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+
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30 Jun 2013   #6
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Some hardware tests to run.


Hard drive(s)test(s):
Pick one for your HDD brand or use Seatools.
7 Free Hard Drive Testing Software Tools

RAM (memory) test:
This will require memtest on a bootable CD or USB stick.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+
memtest86: left it on overnight, for 10 passes and it found no errors.

Burn test:
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Maxed at 93

3 seconds before I took the screenshot the screen went blank for 5 seconds, and then came back on, my response was to take a screenshot and stop the test.

Do you think anything could be wrong?

Seatools HD test
Was a bit confused on what test to run and what to configure, is there any recommended settings or tutorial?

S.M.A.R.T Check - Both Drives Passed
Short Drive Self Check - Both Drives Passed
Short Generic - Both Drives Passed


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30 Jun 2013   #7
cyclic

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

It looks to me just a driver initialization thing.
I would suggest update or downdate the driver see if there is any effect. I have seen this quite often on various builds\systems and don't consider it a worry.

At that stage of the boot it would be the BIOS inbuilt driver, have a look if there is an update, but I wouldn't panic personally.
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30 Jun 2013   #8
Infinite

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 - 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyclic View Post
It looks to me just a driver initialization thing.
I would suggest update or downdate the driver see if there is any effect. I have seen this quite often on various builds\systems and don't consider it a worry.

At that stage of the boot it would be the BIOS inbuilt driver, have a look if there is an update, but I wouldn't panic personally.
My BIOS:
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I don't want to use the wrong one as it may brick my system :S.


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30 Jun 2013   #9
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

I would advise you against doing a BIOS update. Any artifact like this that is seen both in POST and in the Windows desktop is more likely to be a monitor problem than a BIOS problem. I can see that your BIOS is not current, but that's to be expected as manufacturers don't do BIOS upgrades for very long until a new machine comes out. I mistakenly did a BIOS update on a Gigabyte motherboard a while back, and even though it finished properly, had I not gone to the trouble to back off the old BIOS in a restorable way, I would have lost the use of my PC. My general perspective is that, unless you know for sure that a BIOS update will fix your problem, AND you have a way both to save off the current BIOS and restore it, then do NOT do a BIOS update.
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