A few days ago a game crashed to desktop with a message that the graphics driver had recovered from an error. Since then when I startup there is a pattern of dots behind the opening bios text and the microsoft loading bar, it then goes to a completely black screen with dots in regular rows from where I can go no futher so have to reset.
I am able to get to safe mode (where the dots vanish) so I loaded a restore point - no change, then I updated the graphics driver but the problem remains. I also put in the windows disc to attempt a repair but was told nothing was needed to be done.
I have no other graphics card to check, perhaps it is a startup issue ?
Windows Vista Home Premium, AVG, NVidia GeForce 8800GTX.
Ok - I tried a much earlier restore point and that didn't work.
Run AVG - nothing found.
As I said this pattern of dots appears STRAIGHT AWAY as the bios is showing text before the PC starts to load windows, if it was a code issue then the problem would occur further on in the process wouldn't it ?
Before I spend money on a new card, what else can I do to make sure that it isn't a code or startup issue ?