A very good friend of mine from out of state purchased a G73J Asus off Ebay a week and a half ago for me. It just came in today. When I turned it on, it booted up perfectly, in less than one minute, I was presented with a desktop that only had a trashcan, a few of the normal 'Solve PC issues: 3 Important Messages' and three icons on the taskbar.
I installed Aim and within two minutes I experienced my first blue screen. The number I managed to grab was
Software Exception: 0x000071e
My first thought of dread was 'oh bleep, it's the motherboard or memory or hard drive or some bleep. bleep.'
But it booted up just fine and I managed to get Skype and Firefox installed and running. Everything was going swell, and then my friend asked to watch my screen as I personalized my desktop. So I set up Skype Screen Share-BSOD.
It did this three more times as I tried various things - booting up in Safe Mode with Networking, Downloading Avast, attempting skype screen share (again, in delusional hopes it was all just poopery).
It's done a disc check, and rebooted. I still can't download Avast, and I am entirely unable to boot up through safe mode-which is making me think more and more that there is a virus on this laptop-which was why it was sold in the first place. Making this highly frustrating for me since I need this laptop for work.
Another thing to note is, I tried downloading Windows Update and the wireless threw a fit. I tried shutting down from the start menu and it gave another fit.
Some other numbers I gleaned off the blue screen:
Someone suggested ComboFix (which I attempted before even coming here) and it BSOD right in the middle of the scan. So I have a very huge inkling this was infected when it sold to us. I haven't had this laptop 6 hours and it's become a massive headache.
I just got the laptop and powercord. No discs.
I had a long day at work and was genuinely looking forward to sitting down and booting up my new computer to start drawing. Not dealing with a tempermental system.