Please help, very mysterious problem

July 22, 2009 at 06:41:10
Specs: Windows Vista 64 home premium for system builders
System specs

Samsung 1TB Hardrive
Patriot viper, 2X 2GB stick (4GB total)
ECS Black Series a790GXM-A Motherboard
Gmc R-2 toast case
2X MSI Radeon HD 4850 (in Xfire)
AMD phenom agena 2.6GHz AM2+ quadcore black edition
Rosewill green series 630W continuous
I also have four 80mm fans mounted on the case so temps are fine. (Check them with speed fan)

Ok, here is my back-story,

One day I felt like playing left4dead, but when steam started to run the application, it gave me a message saying that I was not using the latest video drivers. So I went onto ati's website and sure enough, they had just released a new driver. So I tried installing it, however, it just gave me the catalyst control center installation screen and I wasn't sure if this was installing the driver or the catalyst control center again. Anyway, after I was done, I tried running left4dead again, but it gave me the same message. I then tried to just update the drivers through the device manager, just right click and then update driver. It seemed to work okay so then I tried to run left4dead AGAIN and sorry but I can't remember if it gave me the message again, anyway, I proceeded to play even if it did or did not give the message, all of a sudden, in the middle of a game, the screen froze. After five minutes, I got a bsod saying memory management. I then proceeded to turn the computer back on and booted into safe mode, but it still shut down in the middle of me doing something (sorry, can't remember what) and this time, the bsod said system error. That's when I said enough. Two days later (and I hadn't touched the computer) I had a friend over and I said whatever, let's try to play left4dead split screen. So I got everything set up and working. For some reason, the game was playing fine, then after about 15 minutes of playing, the colors got all distorted as in some objects were purple and some green, but always one of the two, however the game continues to work except for the color distortion. After about three minutes of this, I got another bsod saying system error. After this I tried wiping the hardrive and reinstalling windows. After a couple tries where the computer would shut down when it was loading the files from the disk, I finally got it to work and I installed all the drivers. Next, I tried installing steam again. The install worked fine, however when I tried to run steam, and it tried to update itself, I got an error saying that it could not locate some file, as in it didn't install correctly even though I used the default file destination. Then I got another bsod saying system error. After this, I tried restarting and just seeing if anything was wrong like looking through device manager, checking temps using speed fan which somehow was working. However, I couldn't find anything wrong. Also, a few times during this process, I would get a bsod saying system error and I would have to turn it back on again upon which I would get an automatic diskcheck which it seemed to pass. After this process was complete, I went to bed. The next morning I woke up and tried to turn the computer back on. Like before, it ran a diskcheck but this time, it stopped at 67 percent of stage three. So then I just let it run hoping that it would finish, I returned thirty minutes later to find that the computer had shut off. Now every time I try to turn it on, I get the diskcheck and it always stops at 67 percent and after a while the computer just turns itself off. One thing to note is that after the initial occurrence with left4dead, I only sometimes get the BIOS screen at boot whereas before the problem I would always get it. When I say that I don't get the BIOS screen, what I mean is, at boot, the first thing it will show is the windows green loading bar. Please help with my problem seeing as how I'm out of ideas and now I can't even try to troubleshoot it because of the disckcheck.

Plox respond I'm sorry it such a long post but I thought you would want all the information you could get.

Also, Tried RAM out on another computer so I don't think it is the RAM, workied fine. Cannot test other parts, not compatible.

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July 22, 2009 at 06:52:33
yes well just goes without saying your download was infected--with what i dont know

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July 22, 2009 at 07:22:12
is there a way that it could have stayed on the hardrive even after I wiped it? Because otherwise, I don't think it's a virus

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July 22, 2009 at 07:25:38
OMG..Dave the Snake is back!!

If you downloaded the driver updates directly from ATI, the chances of it being infected are extremely slim. It sounds like your HDD is dying but the screen distortion indicates a problem with the video card...either overheating, failing, or not receiving adequate power. Then again, it could be the driver.

Start by running the Samsung diagnostics to test the integrity of your HDD. If you don't have the disc, go to the Samsung site & download it.

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July 22, 2009 at 15:18:32
Video card overheating.

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