Hello guys, my first post here and hoping somebody might be able to help me.
I have a Clevo P570WM that I have had numerous problems with over the years, but always managed to work through them and find a fix.
My most recent one though is a bit of a disaster and my lack of expertise / patience has left me in a bit of a predicament.
A corrupt AMD graphics driver install was the start of a downward spiral.
I suspect I had a dead CMOS battery (approx 6 years old )
The laptop had been inexplicably dropping GPU drivers for a few months if I am honest, I just chose to wipe / reinstall the drivers to get me up and running about once per week.
Anyway, the last time I did this, something a little different happened and my display froze.
Upon rebooting the computer, same happened again.
I tried to use my Windows 10 installation USB to repair/ revert to a restore point to no avail.
It was not even possible to start Windows in safe mode.
Then things deteriorated a little more and the BIOS screen would not even load. (A flickering screen of lines was all I could get on the display)
I bough a new CMOS battery (x5 for £150) and did a full CMOS reset.
This gave me my BIOS screen back, so all was not lost I thought ?
Windows , would still not load / repair and was stuck in a terminal loop of some sorts that I could not interrupt , even using the 'forced' repair method restarting the PC three times etc.
I changed the boot sequence in BIOS to boot from the Windows 10 installation disk and it still would not work.
So.... fearing the worst, I put a copy of DBAN on a disk and cleaned the hard drive (hoping I would then be able to do a clean install.
Still when I try and install Windows 10 I get a blue screen of death and the laptop restarts.
Is it possible to do a clean install of Windows 10 straight onto a new / clean HD ?
Do I need to upgrade the BIOS to be able to do this ?
I have been running Windows 10 on this machine for several years now and can't remember if I was forced to do a BIOS update in order to install it initially.
(I don't get as much time these days to play about with computers as I used to)
Current BIOS Version: 1.03.06
KBC/EC Firmware Revision: 1.03.03
Intel I7-4930K CPU @ 3.4GHZ
Still a useful machine when working, I'm close to deciding to just replace it, but would still quite like to repair it and get it up and running again.
Any help appreciated.