|laptop is dell xps m1530|
Card is 8600 gt
additional info on request.
Now that thats out of the way, here is the story part.
So i put alot of crap on my laptop, and I have been noticing it slow down. This compelled me to put the free version of avast on to maybe clear it up a tad. i did some fiddling with it and the help of my good friend Jose cuervo and next thing i know the computer just doesn't boot recognizing my graphics card. its not labeled in dxdiag and the driver instalations fail. I didnt drop the laptop or open it up and I certainly didnt have heating problems, so i dont think it was the hardwear Though honestly who knows these things). I've thought about starting it in safe mode (starting takes like 3 minutes now... thats not good) but I can't.
Why, you ask?
Well I have a habit of punching and one of those things about a year ago was my laptop monitor. I now use an external monitor but it doesn't really boot up for me to see anything till the log in screen.
I know what you're thinking, but im fairly sure i did not punch the laptop, as last time i did that it left some fairly noticable dents.
Anyways, what would you say seems like a good step from here, with the understanding that money is tighter than... yeah
edit, under device manager, the card is simply labeled "display" clicking on it gives this message
"The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)
The I/O operation has been aborted because of either a thread exit or an application request.
To reinstall the drivers for this device, click Reinstall Driver."
And no, clicking reinstall driver is a joke.