I love easily solvable problems. I call them instant hero issues – you can solve them in 5 minutes flat, and you instantly become a hero. I wish my problem that I was struggling with for the last two days was this easy to fix. A guy dropped off a desktop at my desk yesterday with a BSOD on boot. I looked at the message and it said (and I’m paraphrasing here) that nv4_disp caused an infinite loop.
I love infinite loops – they are awesome. Whenever I cause one, I sit back and say “behold mortals, for I have created infinity”. Of course I can usually kill my own infinite loops. Ones that occur during the windows boot process are not nearly as much fun. So I decided to track down nv4_disp which turned out to be an Nvidia display driver. Thanks Nvida!
Solution was trivial:
- Boot windows into Safe Mode with Networking
- Go to Nvidia website and nab brand new set of drivers for the GeForce FX 5200
- Install the drivers
- Profit (INSTANT HERO BONUS +30)
Apparently this problem is caused by the well known “NVidia Sucks Ass” issue with the GeForce drivers. Hopefully this won’t happen again – the drivers are up-to-date now, and the machine seems to be fully functional. But you never know. At least I should be able to easily fix it next time if this thing comes back.
I know, I know – a half witted monkey with a full frontal lobotomy could probably fix this. Sigh… I wish my users were as smart as monkeys with full frontal lobotomy. But you know what, sometimes it’s nice to solve an easy problem for a change. Cause, really these are the only types of problems that can give you this sort of instant gratification. Putting a check in the win column now and then, and actually helping someone gives us the energy to plug away on those hopless projects that have no real solutions – only workarounds an mega-hacks. It’s nice to have someone actually thank you for resolving a problem rather than trying to explain to them you not secretly the infrastructure and crashing the servers just to have something to do. ;P
[tags]nvidia, nv4_disp, infinite loop bsod, bsod, geforce fx 5200[/tags]