Hey, this is my first time posting here.
So I have been using a custom built PC for about 2 years now. Everything has been running pretty smooth for the most part.
About 1 month ago, my computer "blue screened" for the first time. It crashed and I had tons of trouble getting it to boot back up. I played around with some of the connections in the back (unplugging and plugging back my monitors) and after about 4 hours of messing around with it, I finally got it back up and running. First thing I did was go and make sure my video drivers were all updated (they already were).
So about a month goes by with no problems and then just a few days ago it crashed again. However, this time, I was unable to get it back working. Whenever I tried to restart or restore my computer settings, it would just crash everytime windows tried loading up. Sometimes the blue screen would just pop up without a specific error indicated, but the 2 errors I saw most often were "IRQL not less than or equal" and "page fault in non paged area".
So I tried just reloading windows (this was tough since anytime my computer tried to do anything it would crash). After messing around with it, I ended up taking out my graphics card (Radeon HD 6770) and just tried booting up my computer using the APU processor (A8-3850).
When I disconnected my graphics card my computer started to run perfectly fine! And then whenever I tried reconnecting my HD 6770 then my computer would never get past the windows loading screen and would just always crash (again, sometimes the errors would be different, but most I always saw was page fault in non paged area message). I am no expert on computers (obviously ) but from what I can guess is that something is wrong with my video card. I found this awesome website (yay!) and have been a lurker on the forums for about a few weeks now, but today I decided to try and ask you guys for advice!
I guess what I want to know is if my video card is just broken. I have been having problems with error messages (in the past) that popup saying "There was a problem with your video card" as the screen flickers but then it says "but it has recovered". Everytime I see that I would check for updates for the drivers but it was always updated with the latest stuff. I just want to know if there is anything else I can do to test to make sure it is DEFINITELY my video card that is messing up and not something else (like RAM). I will replace it if I have to but of course I would like to avoid this if possible.
I am using:
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
16 GB RAM
AMD A8 3850 Processor
Radeon HD 6770 Video Card (currently disabled since it causes it to crash whenever hooked up)
F1A75-V PRO (motherboard)
Edited by hamluis, 31 May 2013 - 03:54 PM.
Moved from Win 7 to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.