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Slower machine, Unstable screen, blinking screen, finally blue screen with error message

I have a Dell Dimension 5400 (4 yrs old) and the machine has slowly gotten slower over the last few months until it finally shut down Windows XP with the dreaded blue screen. At the same time, the screen got increasingly unstable, blinking off and on more and more. The error message on the blue screen indicated a problem with either the driver file nv4_disp.dll or the device itself. I downloaded/installed the latest driver from the Dell site for the display card, but this did not help at all. Same problem persists.

My fear is that the Display card has gone bad, but how do I diagnose this problem? I do not want to spend $100+ on a new card and find out that this was not the real problem....

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Garry

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  • grbsr Jul 26, 2008

    Thanks colliewob,

    I gave you the "short" story in my initial question, so here is the rest... At the advice of a "friend" who knows a lot more than me about computers, I backed up all of my data files and proceeded to reformat my hard drive and re-installed Windows XP with the Dell disk provided with my computer. Initially, this worked well, but when I started reinstalling the needede drivers, the problem reared its ugly head again. I do not remember which driver installation caused the problem to pop up again, as I was so "sure" at that time that I had solved the problem... Ha! Ha! So, you see my registry is clean, the hard drive is clean, and the problem is still there...

    Based on this new and more detailed info, any additional solution or diagnosis path would be welcomed.

    Thanks again,

    Garry

  • jannnnnnnnnn Mar 15, 2009

    same problem as garry. Can anyone help please?

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    I have a Dell Dimension 8300 purchased in Feb '04. Recently I've been getting fuzzy screen/blue screen indicating that the nv4_disp.dll driver is responsible. I have this exact same graphics card (using the DVI port).

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Try downloading the driver from the nvidia instead of dell. I had a dell for 3 years and found that the drivers they provided only worked 30% of the time.

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After 4 years I recommend trying all these things as your computer is cluttered up
go to c:\ drive right click on it
go to properties/tools/error check/ check now a box should popup and you tick the box fix errors reboot when windows is rebooting it will scan system files and fix any that are faulty window will then restart and load.
go to start/run type in msconfig enter go to startup stop all except for your anti virus reboot
You can then see if its running correctly
but after 4 years I suspect you will need to clean out the registry.
you will have to search net for registry cleaner there are a lot out there see if you can get a free one as some will only find errors and not fix them

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    Go to
    Start/control panel/ system/hardware/device manager check if any driver have yellow mark by them these are not there or faulty drivers.
    Try to download the PC wizard program
    When installed and used it will give a list of drivers you need for your computer. note name and number search web for them
    EG: (cmedia 2346 drivers). ensure you get the ones for your operating system UNINSTALL any old drivers before installing new ones
    Install one at a time reboot install another one see how that goes
    As an afterthought the disk that come with computer usually have all drivers needed


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