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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-04-2006, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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My PC is messed up. When I start it up, it goes to a blue screen that says there is a problem with driver file nv4_disp. The device driver got stuck in an infinite loop. This usually means the device is damaged or the file is bad.

I figured it was my nVidia graphics card, so I put the driver/diagnostic CD in and booted it from the CD, started Windows in safe mode, and reloaded the drivers. It seemed to be working, but the screen would go blank every 10-20 seconds, then come back on. It did this continually. I tried this several times and got the same result.

I then opened it up and looked at the card to make sure it wasn't loose, but that didn't work either. The only way for me to get the computer to start Windows is in safe mode, which is the way it is now.

Is my video card bad? If it is, how come it works in safe mode albeit at a lower resoulution? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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My PC is messed up. When I start it up, it goes to a blue screen that says there is a problem with driver file nv4_disp. The device driver got stuck in an infinite loop. This usually means the device is damaged or the file is bad.

I figured it was my nVidia graphics card, so I put the driver/diagnostic CD in and booted it from the CD, started Windows in safe mode, and reloaded the drivers. It seemed to be working, but the screen would go blank every 10-20 seconds, then come back on. It did this continually. I tried this several times and got the same result.

I then opened it up and looked at the card to make sure it wasn't loose, but that didn't work either. The only way for me to get the computer to start Windows is in safe mode, which is the way it is now.

Is my video card bad? If it is, how come it works in safe mode albeit at a lower resoulution? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Mike download the newest driver for your card and see if that fixes it, if it doesn't then I would go get a new video card and try that. Does the computer have onboard video you can try really quickly?

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There's a few things you can do, first I would run your anti virus software. If nothing, try scandisk (maybe you have a corrupt file). When the screen flickers like that did the computer totally lock up, including the sound? If it does open your computer and check if your graphics card has its own fan and if it does see if its working while the computer is on.

Are you using the latest drivers? if not try upgrading to them. Hard to diagnose this problem without more info or actually being there.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-04-2006, 03:57 PM
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Is my video card bad? If it is, how come it works in safe mode albeit at a lower resoulution? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Because booting into safe mode loads the default Windows video dispaly driver, not the one that is specific to your card.

You most likely either have failing hardware (video card), or a corrupt video driver due to some virus/spyware/disk corruption.

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+1 on installing the latest drive. Boot to safe mode with networking support so you can get on the net and get to the mfg site and get the driver.

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Thanks for quick replies. I do have virus and spyware protection.

I also forgot to mention that I did do an Advanced Graphics Diagnostics test and it said FAIL.

I'll try downloading and installing the latest drivers for it and see if that helps.

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Also, turn off your powersave shit just to make sure that's not contributing to it. (blank screen, ie: video card turning 'off')

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what chipset is on your motherboard? what other cards do you have installed? AGP, PCI, or PCIe graphics card?
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I just downloaded the latest driver and that fixed it. I never thought of downloading a newer driver since I had the one that came with the system. I guess you learn something new everyday.

Thanks guys for all the help.

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For most hardware I don't even use the one that came with the device; by the time it gets in your hands there's probably been 2 or 3 update or a complete code rewrite Getting the latest/greatest drivers from the manufacturer is typically a good thing.

Something happened to you old driver file to cause the problem though, so keep an eye on it.

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For most hardware I don't even use the one that came with the device; by the time it gets in your hands there's probably been 2 or 3 update or a complete code rewrite Getting the latest/greatest drivers from the manufacturer is typically a good thing.

Something happened to you old driver file to cause the problem though, so keep an eye on it.
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