So long story short(ish). I started up my computer about a week ago to have it running fine, then about an hour later shut down, and every time i started up I'd see green vertical lines on the loading screen, and then it would cut to a blue screen with a Page_fault in Non_page_are or something like that, and I'd have to run in safe mode.
Normally i can run my computer in safe mode or normal windows mode after I've temporarily uninstalled the video card. Also, earlier today I completely disassembled my computer and blew out all the fans and the video card and got them all cleaned (there was a significant amount of dust). Then when I booted up, it ran normally, I updated the graphics drivers, then after it started up again new, it almost immediately crashed on me again and now I'm back to running in safe mode.
My question is, does this mean my video card is just shot? or is there something else to blame for this? My warranty is up, so if i have to replace anything expensive, I'm going to just go ahead and have to buy a new computer.
1.73ghz Core 2 duo
2.5 gbz ram (512 dell 2gb kingston)
Sounds like either the card or the memory might be dying, perhaps even the PSU, if maybe a 12V rail is dead/dying. Download and run the following progs: HW-Monitor (Runs in Windows) You'll be able to monitor voltages for fluctuations. Memtest86+ (Runs in DOS) download the iso, burn to CD, boot from it and run full memory test.
Before you update the drivers run driver sweeper.
You should be able to get it at majorgeeks.com
It wlii get rid of any remnants of old drivers which is important with Nvidia drivers.
You may have to do it 2 or 3 times to get them all.
You will know you got it when you boot normally and have plain ole VGA graphics.
Then install the new drivers and reboot and see if it is better.