So in a nutshell- several errors popped up as displayed in the title (same sequence). I'm one of the people affected by the ongoing NVIDIA settlement, and I *think* it all started with that darn graphics card! As a result, I think I need a new LCD inverter and HDD.
While watching Hulu, or some YouTube vids, my computer would literally heat up so much it would hurt to touch, flash BSOD, then restart - stating that the graphics driver failed to return from timeout (or something along those lines). Contacted Dell (while I was still under warranty, which I'm not anymore).. They said update your BIOS, that'll fix it. Updated and "fixed".... For about 6 months... My computer still heated up, but it wouldn't randomly restart like it used to (which didn't seem like a "fix" to me, but whatever.)
A bit more recently (3-4 days ago):
Updated the graphics card driver, was watching Hulu, my screen started to show a jumbled mess, BSOD, then my computer shut down. Tried to turn it back on, black screen. Tried again, black screen again. Had to hook up the laptop to an external screen the next day because my monitor was just gone (lights up, but rarely anything shows). Searched for error codes, fixes, tried everything on the internet for the past 3 days-- and now I basically have a failing HDD .. I found out when I ran Dell's diagnostics tests (after several hopeless attempts of restoring, repairing, command prompting, failure to reach safe mode, etc. etc.) that my LCD inverter is faulty, and that apparently the hard drive is failing (same error on this Dell forum http://en.community....t/19305860.aspx).
Now I need that data off the hard drive, so I'm ordering an adapter USB kit from NewEgg (which happens to be down at the moment!).. But what's next? Is there any hope left in my HDD or should I just go ahead and buy a new one? If so, how do I choose a suitable one (which specs do I need to pay close attention to so my laptop doesn't explode)? (BTW: my HDD was just fine yesterday, could get into Safe Mode no problem. Today, when attempting to go into Safe Mode, it would crash at the crcdisk.sys driver. Just a note, if it matters.)
And what about that LCD inverter.. I don't even know what that is! My screen always lights up, but sometimes appears black and shows nothing. Other times, it actually works normally. Should I get that inverter now, test the current one with the new HDD, or wait for a new graphics card then get it? Where/how can I get it, and is it fairly straight-forward to install?
I'm sorry if I seem a bit scattered, but it all just hit me so quickly (and I'm typing this at 3:30 AM my time).. I'm not even quite sure where the mess started (overheating, BIOS update, graphics card, or just a slowly failing HDD??)... So let's hear it, GtG! I'd love to get a simple list of steps to follow (like 1. clone HDD, 2. replace inverter, etc.), but I'd be happy to get any sort of help with this aggravating mess.
**ETA: error codes (b/c I can't see all of them in the title)- 0x116, 0xD1, 0x490, 0x2, crcdisk.sys driver load error in Safe Mode. In Dell Diagnostics: 2000-0326 "LCD inverter: Unable to turn lamp on. Vendor: MPS", and 2000-0142 "Hard drive 1 self test unsuccessful". And finally, 0F00:1344.
Edited by Esssy, 18 December 2010 - 12:31 PM.