My Dell XPS 8100 (Windows 7) recently crashed and the screen went beige during a game I was playing. On restarting, after the Windows 7 logo, graphics appear very distorted on the 'Welcome' screen and the screen then turns chequered dark blue - no text/cursor.
Disabling the GPU using safe mode allows the PC to load, albeit with reduced resolution. I'm wondering is the problem to do with the GPU or the drivers? I updated the drivers for my GPU (Sapphire ATI Radeon 7850 OC) and enabled it. This resulted in a BSOD with a 'bad error pool' message. Now I'm running memtest because my friend and my brother think its either a GPU driver issue or a RAM issue and that I should reinstall/repair my OS. I think its a GPU hardware fault.
Any ideas? Hesitant on just buying a new GPU without exhausting other options seeing as they can be pricey, especially if it turns out that I was wrong about it being a hardware issue.
Edited by Skydie, 07 July 2016 - 05:37 PM.