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Corrupted Bios because of Nvidia graphics drivers?


jacksterson

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So, i as using windows 8 Rtm. I had installed the windows 7 drivers for my Sony Vaio VGN-AR730e, which has an Nvidia GeForce 8400m Gt graphics card. Everything was fine for a few days, and then it shut off. When I turned it back on, the opening splash screen before windows (i'm aware bios isn't viewable anymore, shame...) had green lines going halfway through the screen, and every screen that has the blinking cursor at the top left also has a lot of apostrophes all over the screen.

I tried getting the 302.80 nvidia graphics card and it says it won't work, as well. I can't install any other operating system other than windows 8, nothing else will load. What did windows do to my computer? :(
 

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HippsieGypsie

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#2
Welcome to the forum, jacksterson.

Where did you get the copy of RTM?
 

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HippsieGypsie

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#4
RTM or Evaluation?
 

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FSeal

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My first guess would be that your video card has gone south. Do you have an older one or a spare you can replace it with for now to see if everything works fine?
 

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HippsieGypsie

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#8
OK. Glad you're legit. There are leaked versions of RTM that are not trusting and illegal, which this forum and members don't tolerate.

Are you using Chrome browser by any chance? What have you installed that might cause a problem? Did you my any chance turn on file backup so to go back to a restore point? Not sure, but that's not turned on by default.
 

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    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
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    Acer AL1917W A LCD
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jacksterson

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Yeah, it's legit, haha. It's the 90 day trial. I have reformatted multiple times in an effort to get it all working. I have used restore points before each attempt to install the win 7 graphics driver that was working before.
 

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FSeal may be correct on your video card, although the odds on it going out after installing 8 may be high. What were you running on it before? That was running fine then I take it.
 

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    2GB (max upgrade)
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    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
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    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
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    Acer AL1917W A LCD
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    1440 X 900
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    Standard 250 watt
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    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
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jacksterson

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I've ran multiple os's on this laptop, ranging from ubuntu, fedora, moonOS, and various others to windows xp-vista-7, and now 8. None have ever had this problem before, and none of them ever messed with my bios like this :/ Plus, the lack of video graphics drivers sucks too.
 

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HippsieGypsie

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I figured so. Beyond my technical level so far as BIOS, but would it need upgrading?

Does screen resolution meet 8 demands, especially for snap?
 

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    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
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    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
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    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
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    Dual case fans + CPU fan
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HippsieGypsie

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(i'm aware bios isn't viewable anymore, shame...)
Do you mean the BIOS screen doesn't appear and therfore you can't enter?

At this point I'd say to load onother OS back on to make sure the card is OK. I know it's a pain, but since it's a lappy, what other way would there be? :(
 

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    Acer/Intel E946GZ
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    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
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    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
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    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
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    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
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    Dual case fans + CPU fan
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HippsieGypsie

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I gotta go for a few hours. I'll be back. Hopefully someone else will lQQk in.
 

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    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
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    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
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    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
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jacksterson

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I'm sorry, I do appreciate the quick responses though! (:)

I'm running windows 8 right now, it's fine and boots well and all, the bootup screen still has graphical glitches though. I've tried the latest certified and beta drivers for NVIDIA's Geforce series. All of them say I have the incorrect version of windows.
 

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jacksterson

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Switched back to windows 7, and I have diagnosed the problem. My graphics card is indeed fried. When installing any sort of graphics driver, it stops windows from loading.
 

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FSeal

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Condolences :(

Random characters in text mode or random colors in graphics mode is a very common indicator or a hardware problem with the graphics card, GPU or graphics memory...
 

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HippsieGypsie

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My Condolences as well, Jack. Are you able to replace it yourself?

Thanks for stepping in, FSeal. I know you're far more technically advanced than I.

Seems to me that's against all odds?! I mean what an awkward time for it to go bad. Overheating problem perhaps? Is the cooling fan working properly? Do you use a cooling pad?

If not a pad, a suggestion is to use a cake cooling rack or use plastic bottle caps upside down with rubber glued to the bottoms so the laptop feet fit in them. Stops it from sliding while typing. A drop of hot glue instead of the rubber on the caps works well also.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1