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fordmustang16
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Extremely long bootups and colored purple screens.

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  I have a dell xps 730x i7 i7 940, 6db ddr3 1066, 500gb hd, gtx 280, vista 64 and have been suffering from startup times that average 15 minutes ish. Full defrag times also take 2 days to run.  I have 86gb of 463gb free currently.   Also recently I have been getting this image at the bottom of this post except mine is green or red and now purple too. It all started for the colored screens since windows decided to install the latest whql nvidia drivers on it's own and failed because I hit cancel once it started because I didn't want it to. After that I started getting a colored screen sometimes when turning the computer on. Sometimes it happens on login sometimes right when desktop finally loads and others not at all but mostly it happens now with youtube.  I don't know if it is a side effect but in games like bf3 and mohw players often just pop up on the screen as if they ran there but were not shown or drawn and the draw distance seems worse for players too.

   So I uninstalled the nvidia drivers and did a fresh install of the new whql drivers from nvidia and the problem proceeded so I was like ok it must be those drivers so I uninstalled and re-installed the old drivers I was on that had no issues before and it worked fine for like 2 or 3 days and then just today it happened again as soon as desktop loaded. Whenever it happens I have to power off the pc and turn it back on. I am not sure what steps to take next other than trying different drivers. Does anyone have any advice what drivers to try or what things to check? I have turned off that windows update installation of that driver and done clean installs of two drivers now and just tried driver 301.42 and it happened again this time while web browsing. I am on the drivers before the ones that just came out not the 314.07 but the ones before that.   Btw the picture is not mine it just displays my exact problem. 

What tests should I run? Is this a video card or monitor issue? or driver? Would a reformat fix anything?

  I am hoping to fix this but I may  consider getting an alienware x51 mainly for fps gaming. Also is there a cheap way to upgrade to windows 7?  Side note but I am considering upgrading my wrt54g router and cable sb101 modem.  I have comcast internet and was considering getting an asus rt-n56u or n66u router and a sb6141 modem do those sound good?

XPS 730X, Intel Core3 I7-940 (2.93GHz, 8MB cache)
6GB Multi-Channel DDR3 at 1066MHZ (3x2GB DIMM)
nVidia GeForce GTX280 1024MB
500GB - SATA-II, 3GB/S 7200RPM, 16MB Cache
16x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

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rdunnill
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Re: Extremely long bootups and colored purple screens.

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You might try swapping in a known good video card, even a cheap one, just to confirm that.

fordmustang16
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Re: Extremely long bootups and colored purple screens.

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btw fixed origin issues with a fresh windows reinstall

XPS 730X, Intel Core3 I7-940 (2.93GHz, 8MB cache)
6GB Multi-Channel DDR3 at 1066MHZ (3x2GB DIMM)
nVidia GeForce GTX280 1024MB
500GB - SATA-II, 3GB/S 7200RPM, 16MB Cache
16x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

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Re: Extremely long bootups and colored purple screens.

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fordmustang16,

The samsung monitor might have some self test check when it is not connected to the video card but turned on. Ours do. Give that a shot. If their self test is good, then the video card is suspect.

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fordmustang16
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i actually have an older viewsonic 2035wm but I tried what you said and it just comes up no signal and the light turns orange.  The image above just shows the exact issue I have.  It actually started doing it today after the windows loading screen as well in the past it was just when opening desktop windows or youtube.  Just trying to figure out if it is a driver issues, windows install issue, monitor or graphics card and whether any of those needs replaced.  I thought about trying a fresh windows install or looking at an alienware x51.

XPS 730X, Intel Core3 I7-940 (2.93GHz, 8MB cache)
6GB Multi-Channel DDR3 at 1066MHZ (3x2GB DIMM)
nVidia GeForce GTX280 1024MB
500GB - SATA-II, 3GB/S 7200RPM, 16MB Cache
16x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

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RoHe
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Can you test this monitor on a different PC or another monitor on this PC? That would be fastest way to figure out if the monitor failed.

Ron

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   I am not a Dell employee

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fordmustang16
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Ok i tried that with a really old monitor and got the same issue.  I went into event viewer and I see this alot.  wmi event code 10 and then it says

Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.

I saw some people suggest to try this? support.microsoft.com/.../950375  It seems to be happening way more past 2 days and as soon as bootup.

XPS 730X, Intel Core3 I7-940 (2.93GHz, 8MB cache)
6GB Multi-Channel DDR3 at 1066MHZ (3x2GB DIMM)
nVidia GeForce GTX280 1024MB
500GB - SATA-II, 3GB/S 7200RPM, 16MB Cache
16x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

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fordmustang16
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update: I tried the above with no luck.  These two videos show the exact problem as me.

also found this thread I am going to read through. forums.geforce.com/.../2

XPS 730X, Intel Core3 I7-940 (2.93GHz, 8MB cache)
6GB Multi-Channel DDR3 at 1066MHZ (3x2GB DIMM)
nVidia GeForce GTX280 1024MB
500GB - SATA-II, 3GB/S 7200RPM, 16MB Cache
16x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

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RoHe
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According to that microsoft link, that error message can be safely ignored so that's not your problem.

If both monitors give the same result, it probably comes down to either PC hardware or a likely driver issue, especially since you aborted the nVidia update.

Reboot and press F8 before Windows starts to load. Select Safe Mode from the list. Does that work?

If Safe Mode works, shut down normally, reboot and go back to the F8 menu. This time pick Last Known Good.  If that works, shut down normally and reboot normally.

 

Ron

   Forum Member since 2004
   I am not a Dell employee

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fordmustang16
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Tried that with no luck going to try a fresh windows install as maybe it will help with the startup times too.  Btw I just opened the pc and checked all the cables and they were tight however, upon inspection I saw there is a dead grey stink bug in my video card under the fan. Could this of fried it?

XPS 730X, Intel Core3 I7-940 (2.93GHz, 8MB cache)
6GB Multi-Channel DDR3 at 1066MHZ (3x2GB DIMM)
nVidia GeForce GTX280 1024MB
500GB - SATA-II, 3GB/S 7200RPM, 16MB Cache
16x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

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rdunnill
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Re: Extremely long bootups and colored purple screens.

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You might try swapping in a known good video card, even a cheap one, just to confirm that.

fordmustang16
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Yeah i am going to look into getting a new video card or even a new pc.  The fresh install didn't fix it but it did get it to where it gave 6 beeps (i think code) meaning it was video card.  Any suggestions on a good mid range video card and how do I check what my power supply is capable of handling?

XPS 730X, Intel Core3 I7-940 (2.93GHz, 8MB cache)
6GB Multi-Channel DDR3 at 1066MHZ (3x2GB DIMM)
nVidia GeForce GTX280 1024MB
500GB - SATA-II, 3GB/S 7200RPM, 16MB Cache
16x CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability

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