XP Home Edition
nVidia GeForce 6800 graphics card
AMD Athlon XP 3000+
2.17 GHZ, 768 MB RAM
Not sure what other info you might need, sorry. Also, I apologise if this isn't the best place to have posted this particular topic.
I've been experiencing crashes to desktop and crashes to blue screen for a while now, most typically when gaming. Sometimes I can play for an hour and a half, sometimes 5 minutes, but eventually it crashes. I usually get a BSOD error mentioning nv4_disp.dll, "page_fault_in_nonpaged_area," infinite loop errors, and, trying to do a disk cleanup, an error involving "win32k.sys." After Googling, I discovered TONS of people have this same problem but only a handful seemed to have solved it by one of three ways:
1.) rolling back the driver. Tried it, no joy. Still BSOD.
2.) taking the nVidia extras out of the startup. Tried it. BSOD.
3.) Uninstalling the drivers, using Driver Cleaner Pro, rebooting, reinstalling the drivers.
When attempting no. 3, I think I may have FUBAR'd some stuff. When I logged back in to my Desktop, I had all these "Found New Hardware" alerts and my display resolution had been reset. After a quick Google, I discovered that was supposedly normal. Tried to install the latest driver for my card. It wouldn't let me, said something about finding nothing suitable for my hardware.
I look in Device Manager and my display adapter isn't showing up at all. Eek! But XP does it's thing, reinstalls the hardware (including the nVidia card) and I reboot a couple of times. Which brings us to now.
Still getting crashes when attempting to game, most recently "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL," the old nv4_disp.dll mention again. In Device Manager, my Ethernet Controller and SM Bus controllers both have "?" beside them and the nVidia Network Adapter has gone missing. Found New Hardware tries to install the Ethernet and SM Bus controllers but can never find any software.
It should be patently obvious by this time I haven't a clue what I'm doing. Please help?
Thanks in advance!
ETA: Tried to do a System Restore, but the function had been turned off. I think I did that during malware removal and forgot to turn it back on. *facepalm*
Edited by hikethekilt, 25 June 2007 - 04:29 AM.