The computer is my wife's Toshiba Satellite M45 laptop. About 10 days ago the screen started behaving strangely. In seemingly random areas around the screen, the image was distorted by a few smallish rectangles scattered across the screen. I didn't have the answer, but I thought I might need to reinstall the display driver. Later on that day the screen gave up completely, and all we could see was colorful "snow" on the screen. We restarted the computer and the snow went away. My wife worked on the computer a bit more, and then she got her first BSOD. I can't find the code for that time, but Microsoft's support site recommended I uninstall the display adapter and then reinstall the adapter along with the current driver. I did so, and I expected that the screen issues and BSOD were related and all would be well.
Since that time I've intermittently been getting various BSOD errors and the colorful "snow". I still haven't been able to identify a pattern to the problem. The stop codes have been the following:
0X0000007E (0XC0000005, 0XF74BF363, 0XF7AD9C28, 0XF7AD9924)
Ntfs.sys - Address F74BF363 base at F74BD000, datestamp 48025be5
0x0000000A (0XFF000000, 0X00000002, 0X00000001,...couldn't get the rest before the screen just went black)
0X0000008E (0X80000004, 0X806F46D1, 0XA76AA774, 0X00000000)
There have been other variations too, but those are the ones I was around for to write down.
As I mentioned, I've uninstalled and reinstalled the display adapter along with its current driver. The next step I've been trying to run a memory test (based on information found in another thread in this forum - see http://www.geekstogo...8E-t186873.html), but something appears to be wrong with the CD/DVD burner/reader. I can't get the ISO to burn to a readable disk. I've tested the drive, and it is reading CDs but doesn't appear to be writing them (I actually used my last and only CD-R tonight, so I'm going to have to test that more after I can pick some more up). Same for DVD's, reading but not writing. It has been able to write both in the past. I don't know when the write ability failed. I can't imagine that is related to the previously mentioned BSOD's and display malfunctions, but it's definitely making things a little difficult. Anyway, that just means that I haven't been able to create the Memory Test disk, and I'd really like to avoid having to buy the disk, but I understand I may to break down. I admit I was just hoping to figure this out in a couple days. I also don't have the ability to boot from a USB key.
Has anybody run into this scenario before. I've seen similar scenarios before, but this situation just became so multifaceted that I'm really having trouble figuring out where to start, and I was hoping somebody could kind of walk me through.
Thanks in advance.