Update: I turned my offhand comment about how I fixed my problem into more of a step-by-step guide, in case some poor soul is in the same spot and finds me via Google.
Now that both of my machines are healing again - did I mention that a BIOS update flattened my HP dv9310? Oh, it flattened my HP all right. The new one effectively makes the computer forget that it has a video card. If you do an update and the machine starts spontaneously rebooting, try this:
- Boot into Safe Mode
- Go to your Device Manager and disable the NVidia card. It's okay, you'll still have normal VGA.
- Reboot in normal mode.
- Go to the HP support site and download an older BIOS version.
- Install that older BIOS.
- Go to your Device Manager and re-enable the NVidia card.
Everything should be okay now.
Anyways, the machines are reconfigured, I’ve sparked my brain with a little Python code, and now I can get back to a Perl project that’s been waiting over a month.