well I think its official that my vid card is toasted or at least perminently damaged. Even going back to the stock driver DVD movies will not play fluidly nor will anything that is even slightly 3D or graphic intesive. The WoW login screen with the swirling flames doesn't even move fluidly or at all sometimes. The one thing I can do to keep fluid moving graphics is keep the mouse moving or continually hitting keyboard keys. Like if I have a dvd in...or even the login to WoW it will sit and chop, jerk, and chug if i'm not doing anything else but if start moving the mouse constantly it will be fluid and normal. Aside from fresh image put on this laptop with a clean XP isntall on friday, today I had to run XP repair as the ntldr was mysteriously missing. I'm back up and running again obviously but no change in the video situation. I even called HP support which is usually only something I do when I'm prepared to have something replaced as their help is usually quite low level. As was to be expected I got no help other than to send it in or have an authorized HP agent in my area look at it.
So I ask you folks now...ever run into something like this? This would be the second time I have had to send in this hp nx9500...most likely another system board replacement. I would like to state that while I was using "modified" drivers I was not running regulary with OC'd settings...sure I tried it but I didn't keep it that way as to not cause anymore heat than already produced. Regular temps when playing wow have usually been at max 57 usually I was seeing it around 55 and 40 when idle. HD temp when playing got up to 40 usually no higher and ran about 35 or less when idle.