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Did you see the brand new BIOS offered under the link you mentioned?
Summary of changes
BIOS Notification :
1) Fix WHEA BSOD issue after load default.
If you need assistance on BIOS flashing, ask Lenovo support beforehand
Really appreciate your response.
I successfully flashed the bios update and reinstalled the latest generic drivers available. Now the computer no longer BSODs. But, the artifacts still remain, and with less frequency (every minute or so instead of every 10 seconds) the driver crashes and the screen goes black.
Now, I don't know what made this Window appear because it doesn't appear every time the driver crashes, but I got one of those windows error reporting windows informing me that 'igfxEM.exe' had crashed with the following log or crash report (not sure what it's called) and here's the 'report'
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: igfxEM.exe
Application Version: 22.214.171.12463
Application Timestamp: 5a8d8d27
Fault Module Name: igfxEM.exe
Fault Module Version: 126.96.36.19963
Fault Module Timestamp: 5a8d8d27
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00000000000306bf
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 7b12
Additional Information 2: 7b12887f1266c11d75834d9159e570be
Additional Information 3: 43e9
Additional Information 4: 43e9d4336027b0f34b8b32d283c246f4
I then installed and used the Lenovo recommended graphics drivers and my experience was identical, but I could not get that Windows error message to appear.
Please let me know if there is any other information I could provide that might help.
Some notes that are not relevant to troubleshooting this problem, but are helpful for posterity's sake if anyone else has the same issue and is using this thread as instructions (for Windows 7 Users):
The Lenovo BIOS Flashing Utility will not run in Safe Mode, so, you must uninstall the Intel Graphics Drivers while in safe mode and then boot into Windows normally to run the utility.
The Lenovo website indicates that the BIOS update is for Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 but not 7, you can most likely safely ignore this. But, you WILL run in to this problem flashing the new BIOS if you are a Windows 7 User: The Flash COMPLETELY resets all BIOS settings. In order to run Windows 7, you had to have changed your Boot Mode in your BIOS settings to Legacy. This means after flashing you will no longer be able to boot into Windows 7 and you might see a message saying "Start PXE over IPV4..." You have to enter the BIOS Menu and change your Boot Mode back to legacy.
If you are having trouble entering the BIOS Menu, remember that the Function Key Setting is also reset, by default you must press Fn+F2 at boot in order to open the BIOS menu.
Try drivers from this list Downloads for Intel® HD Graphics 5500
Select OS from right pull-down menu. Hit "show more".
To bypass message "best driver is already installed", "customized computer manufacturer driver" or "computer is not validated" install driver via have disk method as described at:
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-install-intel-beta-graphics-drivers-surface (ignore prolog about MS surface)
Otherwise Download Intel® System Support Utility for Windows* and create a report incl. 3rd party logs.
"The folder you specified doesn't contain a compatible software driver for your device. If the folder contains a driver, make sure it is designed to work with windows for x64-based systems"
Why its show me? when I update my Intel HD630 graphics Driver, and my operating systems is Windows 10 x64bit based..so why its show me? pls solve this issue..
I tried the Beta Drivers, same troubles. Did you mean for me to submit a support ticket with the SSU report or to post the report here as an attachment?
Well, in case it's the latter I've attached the report with 3rd party incl, I ran the utility with the Beta Drivers Installed, let me know if I should run it with different drivers installed or under different conditions.
ssu.txt.zip 12.0 K
Well, I don't want to waste any more of anyone's time and I think I've brought this case to a close. I installed Fedora 28 and I saw IDENTICAL artifacts, this is a hardware issue. I don't entirely understand how Intel Integrated Graphics Work but I imagine that without Graphics Drivers there is a fallback graphics mode that doesn't use the integrated chip or something like that, and my integrated graphics chip is fried. Thanks for the help, you can close this thread.