Posted 12 August 2009 - 12:57 PM
For the past while, my Dell Dimension 8300 has been running very slowly. I have been getting a message saying low battery voltage during POST for some time now, but I just would click continue and everything worked fine. I ran a scan with AVG and it found nothing. Then I decided to install the optional updates from windows update. One of them was a new driver for my graphics card (Nvidia GeForce FX 5200). After the updates, I restarted the PC and noticed the colors were off and everything simply looked larger and windows 95-ish. I thought that the settings on the card were off, but instead, I learn't that there was no driver for the graphics card, or the wrong driver had been installed. I went to the Nvidia web site and downloaded the proper driver. After a sluggish restart, everything was back to normal. I decided to install Advanced System Optimizer, which worked wonders on my laptop. The program installed perfectly and I did a couple of scans and fixes. I decided to then restart the computer. This is where the problem began. After the black windows screen with the small loading bar, the screen goes black and windows crashes. Nothing appears on the screen. Safe mode doesn't work either. Any ideas on what the root of the problem could be?
I know that the low battery voltage is caused by the CMOS battery. I will replace that as soon as I can.
I tried re-seating all of the internal hardware, but that didn't work. I tried booting with the bare necessities (monitor, keyboard), and that didn't work either. I even tried to do a windows repair, but the R option wasn't available.
Here are my PC Specs:
Dell Dimension 8300
Intel Pentium 4 processor 3.00 GHz
Level 2 Cache: 512 Kb integrated
1536 MB DDR ram at 400 MHz
Windows XP Home Edition SP3
Nvidia Geforce FX 5200 graphics card
Your help is greatly appreciated!