I'm not sure what is going on but in the last few days my computer has gone all crazy on me.
Since I got my graphics card (Radeon 4850) has always been a bit wonky with graphics (specifically gaming), and after a cold reboot the pixels would flicker.
In the past few days, random pixels on my screen (primarily on darker colors) are just blue dots. Then this morning I got a blue screen of death. When I restarted my computer refused to restart, the bios screen was severely graphically screwed. I could do a cold reboot, but this didn't fix any of the problems.
Just about 20 minutes ago, when I went ahead and restarted, my bios hung at the splash for about 40 seconds. It took about 20 seconds for the light on my keyboard to go on (normally near instantaneous). I have a SSD so normally booting takes about 20 seconds tops from power button to being logged in. I have absolutely no idea what is going on here.
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So, without any response here, I decided to go ahead and do a clean installation of windows. I'm not longer getting blue dots and (so far) I appear to be able to restart without any problem. Unfortunately, I'm getting generally slow performance, some programs are giving me strange errors (A visual c++ installation is giving me a "error 1935. vc80" problem. Just as an example. If anybody has any idea what is going on here, I'm desperate for some help.