Hi, I recently re-installed Win 7 Ultimate on a fresh hard drive in my Dell XPS 1340, and used my OEM-supplied disk to install drivers. I also used Driver Robot to auto-install or update the drivers, as well as searching the Dell website. I then burned a System Recovery disk and HDD file.
After Win 7's auto-update installs SP 1, it goes to BSOD when restarting - either from hibernation or from fresh boot. This has happened twice. The first time, in the midst of repairing startup, it tried to perform a system restore, which failed. I used my newly burned system recovery disk, which includes the drivers from various source (Is it possible there is a driver conflict?).
System recovery worked fine, but when Win 7 updated to SP 1, the BSOD occurred again. The second time around, after the failure to repair startup or to restore the system restore point, I found these error messages:
System Restore: Error code= 0x1f
System Files Integrity Check and Repair: Error code= 0x490.
Windows startup repair failed when, on its own, it attempted to revert to an earlier system restore point. However, when I attempted from one of the selection windows afterwards, reverting the to earlier restore point worked. Why this differed from the attempt from Startup repair I don't know. Anyway, it's running again.
Howeverm, I'm sure when SP 1 updates, I'll have the same problem, and I want to prevent it. I've looked for a dmp.rep file, but can't find it, either in C:/, C:/Windows and there are no C:/Minidump or C:/Windows/Minidump folders.
In sum I suspect I have some driver conflicts, possibly affecting the booting of the HDD. One thing worth noting is that the new HDD I am using differs from the original OEM. It's a Seagate 750GB ST750LX003 XT SA2. The original drive was a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500 GB.
(I don't really know how accurate these driver suppliers are - I often think they are suggesting drivers for devices that my computer doesn't have, and I suspect I may have installed one or two. For a Driver-noob like me, it's hard to find the identity of what things need drivers - even after going through the device manager with a fine tooth comb. I don't understand many of the labels - for example, my External LG monitor just turns up as Generic PNP Monitor - anyway I digress).
Is there any way to find the old dmp.rep file? (like through undelete) and if so, is it worthwhile to you for diagnostics? And - is there a way to scan my computer, find out what's causing the problem and uninstall the conflicting drivers?
Thanks for your expert help,