I have been a douche on many occasions, and I still regret
most many of them to this day. :0)
That being said, I've been also been given second chances - so the least that I can do is to give you that same consideration.
Also, be advised that troubleshooting BSOD's can take a long time. Please be patient.
FYI - here's how I do BSOD analysis' (I may not follow this exactly, but it's the general procedure):
- first I rule out 3rd party drivers (over 90% of BSOD's are due to this)
- then I rule out hardware (less than 10% of BSOD's are due to this)
- then I look at Windows problems (less than 1% of BSOD's are due to this - as long as Windows Updates are fully up to date).
Please note the Windows Update caveat at the end. If Windows is not fully updated, the chances of the BSOD being due to Windows goes up a lot!
This doesn't guarantee that Windows Updates will solve it - but it does lower the chances that the system will BSOD.
Actually Sony (and other OEM's) are pretty good about releasing updates for problems with their systems.
My statement implies this. If they haven't released an update for it, then there's likely not a large number of problems that have been reported for that particular problem.
This is affected by the OEM (Sony in this case) due to many factors. First they have to figure out if this is an actual BIOS/UEFI problem. Then they've got to see how critical it is to fix it. Developing drivers/updates is a costly process - not just to write the update, but also to test it and ensure that it works with all possible combinations that the system might experience. Then, if the system is being discontinued, they have to balance their desire to maintain a good reputation with the fact that these systems won't bring them any more money. It speaks well of them that they do release updates for these EOL (End Of Life) systems even though they're not selling them anymore. I work with many different brands of computers every day - and the only complaint I have about Sony's is the lengthy process for updating systems using Vaio Update. I like them enough that the last laptop I purchased was a Win8.1 Vaio for my wife.
If you're having troubles with Windows Update - what happens when you open the Run dialog, type in "wuapp" (without the quotes) and press Enter?
Windows Update should open and you should be able to run it from there.
Now, my pet peeve is how OEM's add stuff to the system. Long ago I was appalled to learn that laptops were using 2 graphics cards - and the switching software was written by each different OEM. For Samsung (my laptop), the switching software relies on an AMD driver that is signed by Intel. But I, being the "know it all" that I am, decided to install the driver from the AMD website (signed by AMD). Well that broke my AMD graphics card and I haven't been able to play a game on it for months. Even updating to Win10 hasn't helped it. There's a setting somewhere in the system (I presume it's the registry) that prevents me from getting a working AMD video card even if I uninstall the AMD signed one and then install the Intel signed one. IMO this was a large factor in Samsung's decision to disable Windows Updates - another fiasco that came back to bite them in the butt.
This is a possibility with your video card - but you'll have to do the video stress tests in order to help in diagnosing it ( http://www.carrona.org/hwdiag.html )
Also, the STOP 0x116 link is dedicated to helping with other similar problems - and will help not just with the particular errors cited - but with other errors due to video card/driver problems
As for the comment about the temp monitoring, those figures aren't generally related to the video drivers in such a direct manner.
Also, even if they are related, the readings will tell us things. Changes can also tell us things - if the video temp doesn't change while you're running video tests, then there's something wrong (I have 2nd degree burns to prove this one!)
If we see temps of 100ºC - then you'll either be able to feel the heat, or we presume that the sensor is wrong.
So, let us take a look at them and then decide what to do. Without information I can't suggest anything.
Remember that software tests are just software reading what the hardware puts out. If the hardware puts out bad reports, then the software will read bad - but they do give us the clues that we work with.
As for bloatware:
- if you pay attention to what's downloading/installing, bloatware shouldn't be a problem. I use this software every day at work, and I recommend it constantly online without any problems.
- if you make a mistake and install the bloatware, a piece or two won't make or break your system.
- the way I update my website is by seeing/hearing of problems with the things I suggest. If that happens, I ask for additional info and then I edit the webpage with the new info. FWIW - I only started putting those dates on there because I was having a problem with plagarism on another site.
I've been doing this for many years. My posts take a bit of time to compose, and in them I have to balance the possibilities of what's wrong with the system versus what's causing the BSOD's. There's no exact answer to this, so I do my best to work my way through the different reports and extract the things that I'm used to seeing in BSOD's. This is a very complex procedure and even I can't guarantee that I'm 100% correct all the time.
FYI - Do you know how many times "Have you restarted your computer?" works? It works a lot, but you have to also consider your audience. The people that I ask this of are the one's who bring computers to my work. Most of them are infected and very few have the full complement of Windows Updates.
Also, the Tier 1 tech support person who asks this question serves another important process. They screen a lot of the stuff out so that the Tier 2 tech support person isn't overwhelmed with simple stuff. Not a perfect system, but one that can work well if supervised correctly.
Here we see systems that are better maintained, and have a much lower infection rate (in the BSOD forum) than elsewhere. Yet we do have a lot of systems that are missing Windows Updates.
Now part of this is due to the fact that only the more confident, technically oriented person would want to get down and dirty with their own BSOD's - but why they don't update is simple. It's a pain and it could cause problems ("the shoemaker always needs shoes").
I don't update anything on my system until I'm prompted, or until something breaks - even though I know better and I preach the update mantra at every chance I get. Right now I have a broken video card, a non-working context menu (right click), malfunctioning Acronis True Image installation, and installation of Action Center on my Win10 system (shouldn't be there), I had to take my battery out because it exploded in my bag (I didn't check that it was shut off before putting it away) and numerous other problems. My excuse is that it's too much work, and I'm going to get a new laptop as a present for myself about 6 months from now.
Finally, computers are complicated systems - everything is connected to everything else. Even parts that are seemingly unrelated can cause problems (such as the wireless card).
I had a voltage surge blow out a 56k dialup modem in my son's computer - even though it wasn't connected to anything other than the motherboard.
And, despite not being connected, it still gave random crashes and BSOD's until I figured out that it was to blame (then I ripped it out and stomped on it!)
I believe that the video card is the problem here, but we do not have enough evidence to blame it definitely. Nor do we know if it's a hardware or a software problem.
If it's hardware, the you either have to get it replaced (not real easy or common in most laptops), or you'll need to purchase a new system.
IME we can't solely blame hardware until we fix all the other "fixable" issues (primarily software) - because the software can cause the hardware to misbehave also.
But we don't have to convince me, we have to convince you - because you're the one who'll decide to either keep working on this, or to chuck it all and purchase a new system.