Windows 7 Display Driver Stops Working At Login
Posted on 2012-09-12
I have an Acer laptop that is running Windows 7 and which is refusing to show the display correctly. The login screen shrinks to only take up about 2/3 of the whole screen and when I login the screen flashes black a few times and a message says that the Intel display driver has stopped unexpectedly. The machine then locks up.
Here is what I have tried so far:
Removed the drivers in device manager and rebooted. The laptop boots ok with default drivers but then installs the Intel ones (2 instances in fact) and then on the next reboot is back to square one.
Tried Guru3D Driver Uninstaller and Revo Uninstaller to try and remove all traces of the existing drivers but they are just reinstalled.
Downloaded the latest drivers from Acer (which are slightly earlier than the ones that were delivered via Windows Update. Still no change.
Works fine in safe mode or in default driver mode when starting normally.
I have tested the system with PC Check and found no display or any other errors.
I have booted from live distros like Knoppix and Bart's PE without issue.
So, I am now stumped. Could it be a graphics chip that can't run at higher resolutions or just Windows reinstalling a corrupt driver each time?
Any idea's what to try next?