A few months ago, the computer started to ask for a check disk at startup, but it would never go past 18% so I would always skip this step.
Also, the monitor started displaying a one inch thick faded strip on the display, and eventually, a bunch of colored lines running all accross the monitor appeared. I thought the monitor was going bad and that I would replace it once it went completely out.
Recently, the fan on the laptop started making a horrible grinding noise and the fan eventually stopped working altogether. After that, the computer started to overheat and shut down within 15-20 minutes of it being on.
I found a manual detailing how to open up my laptop to clean off the dust on the heatsink and fan. I went ahead and disassembled my laptop and cleaned off all the dirt on the heatsink and the fan. I also cleaned off the old thermal paste, and applied some arctic silver 5 to the processor(?), reinstalled the heatsink, and put the laptop back together.
When I turned my laptop on, the fan was working again, but the screen did not go on. I then tried hooking up an external monitor and pressing F8 and the external monitor worked. Another new problem arose however, after skipping the disk check, windows did not start normally, instead, I got a blue screen (which I've found out is the blue screen of death) saying something about finding a fault in a non paged area and a file named nv4_mini.sys.
The laptop still let me restart in safe mode. I tried doing a system restore, but this did not do anything.
I've tried a few things since then.
I tried deleting the video card (GeForce 7600 Go) drivers in safe mode, and this allowed me back into normal windows mode. However, as soon as the drivers for the video card got reinstalled (within a few minutes of start up), it once again gave me a blue screen of death. I've also tried manually reinstalling the Nvidia drivers from the Nvidia website, but, once again, I still get a blue screen of death. Safe mode seems to work perfectly fine however.
The laptop's monitor has worked on rare occassions too, and has once again stopped working at the first restart of the computer.
I've checked my memory with memtest86 and after one run, it did not find any errors.
Here are a few of the blue screens of death I've been getting.
Curiously enough, one time, I turned off the internet on my laptop; apparently, the Nvidia drivers did not install themselves automatically at start up, and the system did not crash. Instead, I got two different windows pop up,
I messed around with the display settings, and surprisingly, I was able to; I'm not sure if this means the computer was making use of the video card or not.
Any help is much appreciated guys, and thank you in advance. Also, if I've made my post confusing in any way, please, don't hesitate on asking me for clarification. Thank you.
Edited by InaPinch, 11 May 2010 - 11:34 PM.