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I have an Alienware Aurora M7700 notebook, with Nvidia Geforce Go 7900 GTX with 256 Mb.

My job recently issued me a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570.

I was running windows XP pro from the factory, along side Ubuntu 11.04 in dual boot.

Here is a link to the user guide which I really should have read prior to plugging the camera in to one of my usb ports.

http://esupport.sony.com/docs/dvimag/DSCW570-W570D-W580_guide/eng/contents/09/01/01/01.html

The first line in the notes states that operation is not "assured" with OS upgrades or dual boot.

So here's what happened:

The graphics started getting weird. Rainbow colored patterns in the pixels layered on top of the actual screen image. At first this was sporadic, later it was every startup. Eventually, Blue Screen of Death siting infinite loop because of nv4_disp.dll

So I tried to reinstall the driver. Did that, worked for a while. But at this point hadn't identified the camera as the problem and continued to use it. So it all ended up coming back.

Tried my Alienware Recovery disks “RESPAWN”, but Norton Ghost seems to have choked on the Linux Partition. That's when the airbags went off. After running the RESPAWN, XP will only partially boot and state that the setup is incomplete and should be redone, then BSOD. The partition remains visible via Norton Ghost.

So next I made a SEATOOLS boot CD and that started and ran fine, all data is gone, but the partition remains. As well as some strange graphical anomalies.

This is where I turn to the boards for help. Gonna download a few more tools that sound promising, but I'm gonna hold here and see what you guys think.

Boot utilities appear to run (Seatools and Norton Ghost). Cannot successfully install XP via RESPAWN. Safemode doesn't work, any boot of windows ends in a BSOD still sighting nv4_disp.dll. Nor can I get any Linux boot CD's to fully load.

Preparing to try: Killdisk, DBAN, nvFlash.

Cannot find NVIDIA Video BIOS 5.71.22. 10.19 by itself. I am aware of the updater available on the Alienware website, but it is wrapped up in a .exe and needs to run in windows.

Should I be looking at flashing my motherboard? Is my GPU cooked? Could it be the VGA functionality, since the weird graphics occur immediately, while the BIOS is loading?

Please Help.
    
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I was running windows XP pro from the factory, along side Ubuntu 11.04 in dual boot.

The graphics started getting weird.

Tried my Alienware Recovery disks “RESPAWN”,

Cannot find NVIDIA Video BIOS 5.71.22. 10.19

You're in way over your head. You can't use a recovery disk after you have installed another OS. Ubuntu installs a boot loader that neither Windows, a Windows Install Disk, nor a recovery disk can see.

I suspect that your initial problem was failing video card. Neither a motherboard reflash nor a video reflash will fix that.

As a side note, I never install "camera" software. It best it's useless and at worst it screws up your computer.

As for what to do, the easiest, most foolproof would be to install the HDD in another computer that can boot both Windows (to recover the "Windows" data), and Ubuntu (to recover the "Ubuntu" data). Then reinstall the HDD backin the laptop and reinstall the OSs. Then copy back your data. During the install process you'll find out if your video is shot. If so, you can decide whether to have it repaired ($$$).
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