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Windows 7: BSOD every 2-3 days.

08 Aug 2010   #21

Windows 7

Here's the said news:
1. I used compressed air to clean the vents and the fan
2. I am using a cooling pad and I just iamed my room fan onto the computer

ALL THIS DIDN"T HELP. It got worse. I had a couple more Blue screens with the same details. My screen failed numeros times and here's what's happening: it eather just don't show anything at all or is I am able to get the flash screen and start windows - it gives me blue screen before getting to the welcome screen.
I has been able to log in safe mode so far but it takes 2-3 attempts with just black screen before it let's me. I uninstalled nvidia, reinstalled it, messed with nvlddmkm.sys - nothing. It's getting worse.
What I did so fat the IS working (for now) is disabled display driver in safe mode. With that it let's me start in regular mode and even lets me change resolution to normall 1400x900 but videos look horrible. slow and jumpy.
I read lots about this NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS failing with similar simptoms cause of overheating or some other reason, I'm not sure and HP is not dealing with it (at least not for my laptop).
I guess while I'm thinking about replasing the laptop I wanted to ask:
me disabeling the 8600M GS's driver didn't disable the video card itself right? (I don't know much about hardware...) What is my laptop using now to show grafics? Logically if it was a hardware problem and the vide card was dead I wouldn't be able to get ANY picture period right? Or I'm missing something? Doesn't it mean that it is still the driver that is bad and I have some hope???

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08 Aug 2010   #22

Windows 7 Professional x64

When you disabled the drivers, Windows started using generic drivers that it has loaded from Microsoft. These do not have the functions of the drivers from nVidia, but they do the job of displaying the image until you can get some better ones.

Could you test your temps again while doing something heat-intensive? I'm wondering if the cooling pad, clean, and fan did anything.
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09 Aug 2010   #23

Windows 7

My cooling pad is very weak, it's true. I don't think it's doing much. I tested temp while running anti-virus check, spy-ware check and Advance system recovery check at the same time. Not sure how "heavy" those are but that's what I could think of. And that was without a cooling pad. The HDD temps were fine (45-47) and other 3 in mid mid 50s or just over 60 most of the time, I was it twice at 71 for 1-2 seconds when the CPU was 89-95% loaded.
I know you are a pro and I am not, but could you explain how this can affect my video card?
And also my main question remains the same: should I shop for a new laptop cause my video card with eventually fail (soon) or it isn't a hardware problem and I just need to find the right solution and can skip getting the new laptop? I'm asking because for a couple of reasons (long and uninteresting to explain) I need to make this decision fast - 1-2 days at most. If not I'll be too late to order a new one...
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09 Aug 2010   #24

Windows 7 Professional x64

CPU temp seems high. I would still encourage you to bring that down, perhaps getting a better cooling pad.

I must confess I don't know exactly why, but all I can say is that when hardware overheats, data corruption can occur.
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