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Old 05-11-2013, 06:45 PM   #1
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I've had an HP Pavilion desktop PC that I bought new in 2008. Windows Vista OS. Recently it crashed and I ended up re-cloning it with the recovery disks I had. Even after all the updates and a week of running clean, it's crashing again. No matter what I'm doing, it just freezes up, the screen goes blank for a few minutes, and then it restarts entirely, only it doesn't load the login screen. Instead it stays blank for a few minutes, then the whole displays this:

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Shortly after, it'll restart AGAIN with a weird twist. Anyway, after safe mode, system restore, windows repair, yadayadayada, it finally restarted with this as the first screen:

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Yeah, that's not just some streaky crap my camera picked up. That's what I saw clear as day with my own eyes.

Any ideas on what's wrong or how I can fix it? I mean, smart phones can do a lot (posting from an Android :P ) but I'm sick of not having a computer.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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Try connecting a different monitor and see if you get the same thing.
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Do you think it's the monitor that's causing it?
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Sorry for the double post, but I plugged into an old Dell monitor I had laying around (actually, it was part of a ghetto-rigged dual monitor set-up I had at one point). The boot screen came up looking the same, and the login screen still didn't show up. But instead of giving me a screen with rows of dots, it just stayed blank until the computer restarted.
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I'm thinking your video card gave up on life. Confirm that by testing with a new video card.
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So, I don't know how to explain it, but apparently all my problems seem to have been caused by a corrupted image. As in, every time I tried re-cloning Windows Vista and starting fresh, I was re-cloning an inherently-damaged operating system. I installed Ubuntu just a little while ago, and I've had absolutely no problems....
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Your video card drivers are corrupt, Each time you have cloned you drive you are copying the corrupted drivers. So you need to do a clean install of your OS.
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Well, Ubuntu's been running clean for about 12 hours now with no issues I think the problem is solved. Thanks guys!
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That's ok, Glad we can help
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you can reinstall the cloned copy of windows and reinstall the video card driver.
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