I have had my xps laptop for about 7 months and am running Win 7 pro. The internet connection is via a wireless router. What is happening is similar to what happens with the Windows "blue screen." The machine stays on, but all the programmes have stopped and the screen is a blank single colour like green or pink (it seems to be a different colour each time). The fan is racing which I suppose could indicate some sort of endless loop, but it is impossible to tell. It has happened in Word, Outlook and using a brower (I have Chrome as default). There doesn't seem to be a pattern.
I have to manually turn the machine off to get out of whatever is happening and the machine then fires up like nothing has happened. A look in event viewer does not show anything odd going on, it is simply recording that the machine closed down upexpectedly which seems to be my manual shutdown action. All the drivers and software are fully up to date, as is the BIOS A11.
Grateful for any help as to what might be going on. It is happening about once a fortnight.
The issue that you have described, I would suggest you to run a hardware diagnostics before we try any steps as it would isolate if it is hardware or a software issue.
-- To Run the Hardware Diagnostics follow the steps mentioned below.
1. Shut down the computer.
2. Disconnect all the peripherals from the computer (for example, external hard drive, flash drive or printer only the power adapter and battery should be connected to the computer.)
3. Restart the computer and keep tapping F12.
4. It takes you to the One Time Boot Menu.
5. Select Diagnostics and press Enter.
It would run the hardware diagnostics and generate an error if there are any issues with hardware components. Please let me know the results of the test, I would be glad to assist you with the next course of action.
Awaiting your response!
I would suggest you to check in Safe Mode with Networking.
-- Restart the computer.
-- Keep tapping F8 on the Dell Logo Screen.
-- Once the computer enters Advanced Boot Option, select Safe Mode with networking.
-- Press Enter.
-- Check if the computer is doing the same thing in safe mode with networking.
Update the BIOS to the latest version. Ensure that all the peripherals are disconnected from the computer. Only the battery and AC adapter should be connected.
Follow the link mentioned below to update the BIOS to the latest version.
-- Enter the Service tag and choose the Operating system and download the latest BIOS version and install it.
I would request you to capture the blue screen stop error code and let me know so that i can assist you further.
I already have the latest BIOS for this laptop, A11. This isn't a blue screen error exactly. I meant that it acts in the same way. There is no writing on the screen, and no way to capture the error code. It isn't there.
Thank you for replying. I would suggest you to check in safe mode if it does the same thing and run a PC check on the video card.
-- Run PC checkup, Custom Scan on the Video Card.
Click Start, All Programs, Dell, Dell Support Center and Launch PC Checkup.
-- In case you don’t have Dell Support Center, Please follow the link to download and install Dell Support Center.
-- Click Download.
Run the test and capture the error code and let me know I assist you with the next course of action.
Awaiting your response!
The programme tells me PC check up does not work when PC is in safe mode with networking. I ran the specific video card tests (after returning to normal mode). The Nvidia GT 540m passed all tests.
I this case, I would suggest a clean re-installation of the video card.
-- Uninstall all the applications for nVidia from the Program and Features.
1. Click on start.
2. Click on Control Panel.
3. Program and Features.
4. Uninstall every program related to nVidia.
-- Delete the folder named Video from the Dell Drivers Folder.
1. Click on Start.
2. Click on Computers.
3. Open the C Drive.
4. Open the Folder named Dell.
5. Open the Folder named Drivers.
6. Delete the Folder named Video.
Uninstall the Video Drivers from the Device manager.
Please do check in the startup items as well, if there is anything related to nVidia. Disable it.
Start -> Run -> MSCONFIG -> StartUp.
Restart the computer.
-- Reinstall the drivers from the link mentioned below.
Click on the link mentioned below to download and install the video drives.
I have followed your instructions and deleted, then reloaded the software, taken from your provided link. I will answer via this thread if the problem happens again. It might take a few weeks. Thanks for your help.
Please do let us know if the issue persist or resolved.
I would be glad to assist you further.
Awaiting your response!