Got a bit of a weird situation that I can't find anyone else experiencing with searches online.
I have an Alienware 17 r3 laptop with all its default hardware, but it's all out of warranty. The issue is I experience BSOD 100% of the time within 1-3 minutes of startup, except when I am gaming. So if I boot up and try to open a document, browse the web, run a normal application etc, it BSODs. No error code, just a blank screen of black/blue/grey/white/pink. If I start up and before it crashes can launch Fallout 4, Skyrim, Dota 2, etc then I can play for 11-12 hours with no problems at all. Which is odd. Because most of my games are very hardware intense, and I play on max settings.
I paid a laptop repair company to totally take it apart, clean everything and put it back together, and then format it so it is factory fresh. They have done that. I got it back today, booted it up all sexy and new, went to open windows explorer to download Steam, Chrome etc and it BSODs.
So if it's not software or dirt, it must be hardware. But surely a dying gfx card or cpu would crash ingame too? Any ideas what is so I can have it replaced/repaired? I ran a startup scanner that's part of the Alienware system and it said the battery is dying - could that be the bad bit?
It works fine in Safe Mode with Networking, though, so not sure if it is the battery. Confusing!