Iím having a little problem and I think its dealing with my video card. I donít know if it could be an outdated driver, or if my on board video card: Nvidia GeForce 6100 nForce 405 is going bad. Before I purchase a new video card though, I think itís best to try an update the driver. Then again, not being a PC tech, maybe itís even a bad stick of Ram? I donít know!
My problem deals with at times my screen will lock with lines in it, making it unusable. It may be a green background with yellow lines, or sometimes a black background with white lines. This has been happening over the last 2 months and occurs about once a week. I have to do a hard shutdown to escape. Ctrl/Alt/Delete doesnít work in this situation. Iíve run both Virus and Malware scans, and find nothing. Then after I do a hard shutdown, Iíll reboot and run an error check, which with Windows XP takes a long time. After the check is complete, my system is sluggish, documents take longer to open, Jpegs open slow, so I have to reboot again and then everything works the way it should, until the Green or black screen with lines reappears.
I went to Nvidia website and downloaded their: ďDriver TunerĒ which is suppose to scan my system for outdated drivers. Iíve tried it and it shows that I have 10 outdated drivers, from my video card, Sound, video and game controllers, Imaging devices (HP printer), and IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, just to name a few. Under Device Manager and letting Windows check, it finds none! Go figure.
Is this Driver Tuner by Nvidia reliable? And if I should update my video card with the driver theyíve suggested, I know when downloading a new driver under Device Manager and letting Windows find and install it, you have the option to rollback to the old driver if something isnít working correctly. If I install this Nvidia driver and run into problems, does anyone know if I will also be able to rollback to the old driver?
Any help would be truly appreciated.
Thanks for your time,