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vertical green dashes and lines on screen, BIOS too!


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#1 Pavones

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:20 PM

Hi there-

I have some strange vertical lines appearing at boot on the splash screen, and they continue on into the windows "F8" screen, with randomly miscolored (pink instead of white) letters. Windows fails to boot with an nv4mini.sys BSOD, but I think it's hardware because of the discolored CMOS splash screen. It does boot fine into safe mode though...

Is it a hardware problem or software?

HP laptop with GEFORCE GO 7600
nv4mini.sys version is 6.14.108454

I've tried to roll back the driver to no avail.
Also tried system restore to a date in January with no luck either.

Thoughts?
TIA,
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:32 PM

"nv4mini.sys "

I'm pretty sure that indicates a driver issue with a nvidia video card or onboard nvidia video.

Have you updated the drivers recently ?

I suggest uninstalling the video in the control panel, restarting the computer. & letting the video reinstall .

Edited by fairjoeblue, 16 March 2009 - 03:34 PM.

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:37 PM

Just uninstalled via device manager (in safe mode) it started to boot fine, then as it was reinstalling it BSOD'd again PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA. With the nv4_mini.sys again....
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:01 PM

Since there are many things that can cause the same issue & no for sure exact answer I suggest a troubleshooting as a process of elimination.

If it were my unit the 1st. thing I would do is test the system memory.
download memtest86, make a disk, & run the test.

http://www.memtest86.com/memtest86-3.5.iso.zip

Unzip the ISO image.
Use a burning program with the "Burn Image To Disk" option to burn the image to a CD.
Boot the CD
If you get ANY errors you have faulty memory.
Memyest will keep starting the tests over until you manually stop it .

BTW, Do you have a video card or onboard video ?
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:05 PM

I did run memtest, but not even for an entire pass, as usually memtest seems to come up with something instantly.... I'll run it longer.
The video card is onboard (laptop)

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:16 PM

I have some strange vertical lines appearing at boot on the splash screen, and they continue on into the windows "F8" screen, with randomly miscolored (pink instead of white) letters. Windows fails to boot with an nv4mini.sys BSOD, but I think it's hardware because of the discolored CMOS splash screen. It does boot fine into safe mode though...

Is it a hardware problem or software?


Hardware if it is showing on the splash and BIOS screen. Hook it up to a TV or external monitor to confirm a video card vs your LCD.

Before you waste more time diagnosing it , I will repeat my previous posts about NVidia chipset laptops.................................Get on "HP Livechat", have your lappy, and power supply handy and go through the diag with the other person helping you. If it shows a problem hooked up to a TV or external monitor, tell them as it will aid/speed up the diag. If you are lucky HP will cover it under extended warranty and send you a shipping box and all you will be out is time. NV set aside a big chunk o' change to fix/replace their defective mobile chipsets.

Edited by dpunisher, 16 March 2009 - 04:17 PM.

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:39 PM

I have some strange vertical lines appearing at boot on the splash screen, and they continue on into the windows "F8" screen, with randomly miscolored (pink instead of white) letters. Windows fails to boot with an nv4mini.sys BSOD, but I think it's hardware because of the discolored CMOS splash screen. It does boot fine into safe mode though...

Is it a hardware problem or software?


Hardware if it is showing on the splash and BIOS screen. Hook it up to a TV or external monitor to confirm a video card vs your LCD.

Before you waste more time diagnosing it , I will repeat my previous posts about NVidia chipset laptops.................................Get on "HP Livechat", have your lappy, and power supply handy and go through the diag with the other person helping you. If it shows a problem hooked up to a TV or external monitor, tell them as it will aid/speed up the diag. If you are lucky HP will cover it under extended warranty and send you a shipping box and all you will be out is time. NV set aside a big chunk o' change to fix/replace their defective mobile chipsets.

OK borrowed a monitor and it's got the green lines, so it's the card not the LCD. :thumbsup: It's way out of warranty, though. Thanks for the help.
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 11:37 PM

It doesn't matter if it is out of warranty. This is a separate program. I got one covered for a customer that was well over a year out of warranty. It cannot hurt to try.

Edited by dpunisher, 16 March 2009 - 11:38 PM.

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