As the title says, I've got an extremely persistent issue with my laptop. If any of you can figure out what the hell is going on, I'll be thoroughly impressed.
First, here's what the issue is:
Whenever I hit the power button to turn the computer on, it'll show the BIOS loading, then it'll do the Windows splash screen (the one where the four different colored orbs fly in to the center and create the windows logo). After that, it goes black to switch to the blue "Windows is loading" screen, but it never gets past that. Instead of loading the blue screen, the screen stays black, the fans keep spinning, and the LEDs in my touch-panel below the screen stay lit, but nothing happens. The screen is on, but it just displays all black (You know how you can see the backlight on an all-black screen that's turned on).
Second, here's when it happens:
Rarely, if I turn my computer completely off
Always, if I have it sleep
And always if I have it hibernate
Third, here's the solutions that happen to fix it short-term (as in enough for one session of use):
Starting in safe mode, then restarting in normal mode occasionally works
Selecting "Last known good configuration" usually works
Restarting multiple times sometimes works
Doing a system restore always fixes it
Finally, here's what I've done to fix it:
First thing out of the way, I've tried updating all my drivers. I've even tried older versions of my video card driver, because I'm fairly certain that's the issue. I've tried installing my programs one by one to see if any of them caused an issue (I haven't seen anything to make me think that's the case yet), and I even got to the point where I tried re-installing the OS (I've done this several times now). I doubt it's a bad image of Win7, because I've installed it on multiple computers (including this one), and run them for months or more with zero problems. Even though it happens when my computer is at room temperature, I've also dusted the whole thing, just to be sure.
Any thoughts? I'd greatly appreciate some help. I'm starting to think the hardware might be going bad, but this is literally the only issue I have; wouldn't I run in to some problems elsewhere if that was the case?
Edited by Kulahan, 29 July 2013 - 06:17 PM.