This morning when I went to turn on my laptop, it went through all the normal motions of starting up Windows XP, but when it was supposed to go to the screen where I could log in, I got a white screen that burst from the center outward with lines going horizontally across the screen. I tried logging in under safe mode, debugging mode, last good configuration, and even my pirated Chinese Windows XP (the “good” people at FNAC had it installed without my permission and now it’s locked because there’s no registration key for it because, well, it’s pirated…but I digress). The Chinese XP worked (up to the point where they ask for my non-existent registration code), but the English version still will not start up.
The night before I had done a few things on my computer:
I downloaded a few songs onto my external hard drive from kazaalite. They all played perfectly fine and the file sizes were what I would expect for their length and bitrate so I don’t think there were viruses on them.
I downloaded a file editor for my Sims 2 game which said it could cause problems with system files if not used properly. I edited three or four PNG files using it and saved the files on my desktop, but did not complete the process of installing the edited files into my game.
I updated my SIS650 video driver for the first time in four years. I said it would finish installing the driver upon restarting my computer which wasn’t restarted until you know when…
I’ve seen this before on my laptop when my computer bag snapped and sent my computer tumbling onto a wooden floor. I had to get the monitor replaced, but my computer hasn’t suffered any bumps like that since (especially with the purchase of a much better quality bag). I know I’m going to have to take it in to a shop, but I’d like a heads-up on what I am getting into or if it’s just my laptop’s way of telling me that it’s about time to buy a new computer.