I have a Dell XPS 600. The first time I had to do a clean format/reinstall...I had to create a mirror windows CD with motherboard drivers slipstreamed into the CD because Dell didn't have the drivers necessary to do a reinstall of windows on their own CD. So, in doing that, reinstallation worked fine (ish).
Now I'm at the point of another clean format/reinstall. The reason why I determined that I needed to do this, was: Yesterday I decided to install new nvidia drivers as I was getting blue screens trying to download the sc2 beta game. my graphics card is a 9400 GT. after doing that, i was still getting blue screens, so i thought i better go back to older drivers...no luck..still getting freezing and blue screens.
i decided i better completely uninstall the nvidia drivers...my only problem being i uninstalled by accident ALL the nvidia drivers, even my ethernet ones..SO, I got out my dell drivers CD trying to install them..it didn't work! i got blue screens all over the place.
so i thought well, it might be time for a fresh format/reinstall so i'll do that...i slipped in my mirrored windows CD and all went well..until it got time to install my drivers from the dell drivers CD...my cd rom/dvd rom drives were not being detected! i couldn't run a CD!
So i tried reinstalling again...same problem, wouldn't detect the CD ROM.
So, I tried doing a repair on windows..and doing fresh installs..and that's when I started getting blue screens after the formatting and checking files process..right after the windows xp logo came on the black screen and it loaded up to the windows xp GUI before doing the installation. I've gotten fatal exception errors, an lsass.sys error where it just kept looping and rebooting itself..i've gotten a win32k.sys error blue screen..every time it seems i get a different error.
I've had so many problems with this Dell computer it's not funny, and I'm at my wits end here. Should I just give up and go buy a new (non Dell) computer? Cause I just don't know what I can do.