I have been asked by a relative to have a look at her Fujitso Siemens Amarillo 32-bit Vista laptop, which recently started to act strangely. I do not have reliable information about the exact sequence of events which caused this.
When the machine is booted the display starts up in a "show the screen with a few missing pixels here and there, 2.5 times". Please see illustration from inside Windows runing Windows Update:
When running the nvidea driver, the machine blue screens at start up as the initialization timed out. Without the nvidea driver or in safe mode it comes up as expected. I do not right now have the opportunity to attach an external display.
My theory is that a driver update has left the GeForce GO 7600 graphics card in an incorrect state which the normal driver software does not expect and cannot handle so more "drastic means" are necessary but this is not something I normally do, so I would appreciate an evaluation of my theory, and perhaps even pointers to a suitable tool for fixing this. Again, this is not only in windows but straight from startup.
Suggestions on how to fix this?