For some reason, my crash logs aren't working, so no help there. I ran every diagnostic I could find. It seemed to be a graphics driver issue. Upgraded an old XP machine to Windows 7 and have spent almost 2 months bluescreening, crashing, suddenly rebooting, freezing, freezing with sound sputtering eternally... you get the picture.
After trying just about everything, I found that the nVidia installed isn't compatible with DirectX 11, so no driver update and no overwriting back to an earlier DirectX version, it ships with Win 7. Feh. New graphics solution is a ways off, money-wise. None of the driver update programs mentioned that, I had to try doing it manually to find out.
Been living in safe mode for a couple weeks. No audio for video tutorials on WordPress Dev, but in normal mode crashes of all varieties 10 to 20 times a day. Found someone's youtube vid (blessedly made with no audio) how to get sound in safe mode! Hazzaaaah! Only a few registry keys added and woohoo! Funny thing. Safe mode was crashing, too, before I added audio. Now, it's not. I ran it for three days day and night and it was solid. ?!?!
It's making me wish I could try swapping out some of my normal mode drivers to use the safe mode drivers. I did try disabling the nVidia driver early on, in normal mode. No joy. I grabbed the audio registry key from the normal mode driver for safe mode good fortune, so it doesn't seem that disabling that would help normal mode. It's one thing I haven't tried, though.
I've crashed so many times that upon reboot, settings were changed, things didn't work right... in safe mode, Kaspersky's greyed out, Outlook and Word don't open, etc. I'd like to make normal mode work again.
I found on SuperUser old discussions of where safe mode gets the driver list it runs on. Apparently, those aren't the drivers themselves, however.
I'd like to copy that list of drivers I see just before safe mode loads. I might be able to find them if I could study that list.
Is there a way?
Thanks, Linda Sue
And to honor a tagline from the areas of SuperUser I've searched,
"Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."