Display extreemely corrupted and now computer doesn't start.

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Mdgames

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Well... I was playing World of Warcraft like usual and I got an error message that nvlddkmk display driver had stopped responding but I ignored it because it doesn't happen that often. Then I restarted World of Warcraft and I got the same message instantly. So I looked up what was wrong and found out I needed to update my display drivers. So I went to Nvidia's website which leads me to Dell.com and I downloaded the correct drivers and followed their directions to install them and restarted my computer. When I restarted it the display was so choppy and unreadable that I couldn't do anything. I could log by luck by clicking around the screen to find my name but when I logged in, the same thing, it was still 95% unreadable. Then I restarted my computer to see if anything changed. It was still too choppy to read and all I could make out was the screen where it says your computer didn’t start successfully and the options were I think "Startup Repair (recommended)" and "Start windows normally" it was too choppy to be sure. I chose the recommended one and it did its thing then restarted but this time when it restarted nothing came up. It was just a black screen with vertical dark green lines with a large gap of just black about 3/4 the way across the screen and then more vertical dark green lines. I have tried turning on my computer after that and the same thing happens. So because it all happened after updating/installing new display drivers, I would assume that I did something wrong. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Reformatting is not really an option because that’s what everyone says because it works. Well, yes, it works but I am going to ask every forum I find before I erase everything unless there is a way to get my files off before reformatting, in which case I would be fine with because I wouldn't lose much if anything, only would have to reinstall my programs. Sorry for the wall of text but I didn't want to leave anything out. So any help to fix this would be awesome.

Computer:
XPS M1330
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2GHz/800MhzFSB, 4M L2 Cache)
2GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm
128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
160GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive

The warranty ran out 2 months ago so returning it and having them fix it is out.:(
 
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Nvidia has a driver removal app that cleans up old or corrupted drivers so you can start fresh... do a search at nvidia
 

Mdgames

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Nvidia has a driver removal app that cleans up old or corrupted drivers so you can start fresh... do a search at nvidia
I just spent aobut 30min searching their site and could not find anything even close to what you are talking about. Also that WOULD have been a good solution. Only 1 problem, like I said, when I start my computer all I see is virtical lines. I do not see any loading screens whatsoever. I tried starting it up again today and if I listen closely I can hear the chime when it gets to the login screen and when I press enter to log in I can also hear the login chimes. So I guess my computer DOES work and start but the display is 100% unreadable(as in its not blurry or glitchy... it's ONLY purely virtical lines). So downloading and using something on it I don't see happening unless you can tell me how to using just the keyboard:eek:
 
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Does safe mode work for you? Safe mode will use the default VGA/SVGA video drivers so if it is a driver issue, it should work fine in safe mode.
 

Mdgames

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Does safe mode work for you? Safe mode will use the default VGA/SVGA video drivers so if it is a driver issue, it should work fine in safe mode.
Well I had another paragraph about what was wrong... but while I was writing it I found another post on antother forum telling me I'm ****ed over now because my warrenty expired 2 months ago. So thanks for the help but I guess there is nothing I can do... besides literally throw it out the window. Some even said that restoring to factory defaults and reinstalling windows didn't help.
http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=Tech_Talk_XPS_Laptop&thread.id=319

Right when I start it up I get virtical colored lines. You know how you can usually see text on the screen to select safe mode and stuff? Well mine doesn't even get that far. The instant I press the power button the lines show up. I don't think it has time to load anything. I tried for 2 hours on and off last night, about 60 or so boots later it loaded perfectly fine like nothing had happened, I could log in and see it all clearly and everything, then right as I was uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers it **** in my face again and again when I turn it on it happens all over again and all I get are virtical lines but if I listen closely I can hear the chimes and it starting up.
 
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