|Out of nowhere a couple days ago, my laptop started acting up - the startup screens were all screwy and I got a blinking green screen of death, which is a first for me. What I saw of the message told me there was a problem with the file nv4_disp, which I found is related to the display. It seems to be a fairly common issue and internet instructions advised me to boot in Safe Mode, uninstall the card, then start up again normally.|
For the most part, the laptop is behaving. The screen is still grainy and the overall display is running a little slower (like major lag when scrolling). I downloaded what I think is the "updated" driver from 2006 from Dell.com for my card (NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800) and tried to install it. I was told the driver is a multi-disk program and that I need to insert the last disk. Which I obviously do not have because the driver is from a download and not a disk. I followed Dell's instructions and they don't say anything about needing a disk. Do I need the disk that came with the laptop?
So this is where I stand. I don't know how to update the driver when I can't even get it to run. I've tried going to My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager and updating from there, but I always get told the drivers can't be found. I don't know what to do now and it's getting irritating having to start up, get the green screen, shut down, boot in Safe Mode, uninstall the already uninstalled card, restart and boot normally every single time I want to use my computer (because no graphics card seems to mean no standby/hibernation either).
Can someone offer any advice, please? From what I've been reading, this seems to be an issue with my particular laptop model, which is a Dell Inspiron 9300. The file I downloaded is called R121867.exe. Should I uninstall the drivers I have or simply update them?
ETA: From another website, I also downloaded a file called nv4_disp.inf which included instructions to use it while installing the new drivers. I got a message saying that the software had not passed Windows logo testing and that it shouldn't be installed because it may impair or destabilize my system. Don't know if this is important, but just in case, I wanted to add it.