Video driver wont install

June 7, 2010 at 05:12:59
Specs: XP Pro SP3
Hello, here is another real challenge:
Simply put happened that suddenly it crashed, the screen went black and then showed that blue screen of death for half a second, couldn’t read what is said exactly; then it kept restarting and again not successful;
I could start in safe mode; then uninstalled the video driver; now it starts normally, except that it shows since the beginning blue dotted string lines vertically on the screen! Really weird; after the welcome login page things go normal; except it doesn’t have video driver; when i tried to install it, latest, it goes fine up to half of it then crashes again...screen goes black then show the blue screen for half a sec then restarts; i kept trying and it did it all over and over again (period).
Now the good news is that i hooked it with a monitor, and the dotted blue vertical lines are still there, so my LCD screen is ok; also i tested the hard drive elsewhere, not sure, but believe it is also ok;
Am I right to say it could be a bad video card? Though it’s onboard! How could I test it; and yes, i’ve done the Dell full diagnosis test ,ok. Else seems to be all fine to me.
I’m actually a PC technician, but unfortunately can’t figure this one out; already tried many things. Crucially need it working again.
Would have any thoughts or ideas on this one please? Questions? Many thanks

XP Pro SP3, Intel Duo core 2.16Ghz, 3Gb, HDD 250Gb; all up to date
Dell XPS M1710 about 4 year old. New HDD a year ago. Everything perfect till now.
nVidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX 512Mb

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June 7, 2010 at 05:19:30
"it shows since the beginning blue dotted string lines vertically on the screen!"

That's not good. Sounds like a failing video card. Did you get the drivers from Dell or nvidia?

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June 7, 2010 at 07:08:16
Thank you for prompt response; and the link.
Yes; first tried to install the driver from the original Dell's cd, didn't work, then I tried the latest driver from Dell's website, R180918, same outcome; unfortunately.
So that's a sign of a bad video card?! And that crashes the system why? I should know.
Actually for some time now, I could see sometimes a small blue line on the screen...
Could the card be repleced here?
From some research it looks like it lasted long enough for the gf 7 series! I still hope I dont need a new one.
Is there any way I could test it?
Actaully the pc wont boot anymore! I tried to repair it, with XP cd, and it fails when "installing devices" crashes again in the same way, reboots; loop.

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December 28, 2010 at 18:08:06
I believe i am having the same problem and i would actually check your windows files because there might be a corrupt file in there. its just a suggestion so its worth a try in your sake lol

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