I've been fighting computer problems the last few days. My laptop has a problem where it periodically blue screens mostly with a message relating to IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. Sometimes it gets in a mode where it won't even boot up without crashing and it can take many tries to get it to boot. Googling has never come up with much in the way of useful info. I did find a program that would read the "mini-dump" file and the error was in the kernal, so nothing useful there. Nearly all the references I did find referred to it relating to a driver problem. So why not update some of the drivers?
So I go to the Lenovo site and find one of those cluster f***s that depend on searches to get you materials. Lots of info is just not there, like the actual instructions on installing drivers. They give you lots of versions of the same stuff telling you how to run programs to identify your system which don't work in safe mode. But nothing on how to install the driver once you get it.
I was able to update the wireless driver automatically through device manager. But the video driver wouldn't update. I found the right driver at Nvidia and set it to installing... It's been a half an hour and it's still not done. Task manager shows literally no activity in the CPU, disk and network. Obviously it is hung. No cancel button. I click the red X in the corner and it pops up an intimidating message saying I can't kill the task as it could make my system unstable... like I have much to lose.
I am so over this Lenovo piece of crap! I actually bought a new computer at Costco before the holidays, but the Lenovo ran fairly well so I returned the new one unopened. Two days later the Lenovo crap started crashing on startup again. This time it is really bad. If I can get out of this installation without rendering the computer useless, I'm going to clone the drive first, then wipe it clean and reinstall from scratch. It will take weeks to get everything reinstalled, but I don't see how I have much choice.