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Sep
12
accepted NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
Sep
12
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
I'm just going to go ahead and RMA it. Thanks for all your help!
Sep
9
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
From the driver release dates on the NVIDIA website, it looks like I've been using the latest stable version of the driver ever since building the PC, so I don't think it was an driver update issue. In any case, I tried the latest beta version of the driver, and saw the same results.
Sep
9
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
Out of curiosity, how could overclocking the CPU cause GPU problems? I will first try installing older versions of the driver to see if that helps, although the fact that I saw the same issue in Ubuntu (which has a separately developed driver, even though it is also proprietary and from NVIDIA) means that I'm not too hopeful. I'm sure that I haven't added anything to place additional burden on the PSU. I only have 1 SSD & 1 HDD, no optical drives, only that 1 graphics card, no other PCI/PCIe cards, and no extra fans (other than those that came with the case).
Sep
9
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
Just tried an ATI Radeon HD 4350. Again, not so fast, but it never crashed.
Sep
9
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
@Mokubai: According to GPU-Z, the crashes occur at around 39-40 C. The crashes are not a result of a game, so I was able to watch the GPU-Z window at the same time.
Sep
9
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
@ForceFlow: I got the error a few months after overclocking, which I did after installing Windows and setting everything up.
Sep
9
revised NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
Added update #3
Sep
9
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
@OliverSalzburg: I overclocked the CPU to about 4.2 GHz, but I don't believe that was the cause - I've run intensive CPU-bound processes for a week at a time without any issues. The crash only occurs when the GPU is taxed. Using the on-board graphics works fine (no crashes, although it is more sluggish, as expected). When I started experiencing the crashes, I hadn't touched the BIOS in weeks. There are only two errors I'm seeing, the code 3 and the code 7.
Sep
9
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
I tried changing the Power Management Mode to "Prefer Maximum Performance", but that didn't have any appreciable effect. I also tried resizing the window so that the rendering would be over a small portion of the screen, but that just meant more time before the crash occurred (10 seconds instead of 3 seconds).
Sep
9
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
As I noted above, I already tried modifying the registry by adding the TdrDelay key. The only difference it made was that the machine froze up for a longer period of time before crashing. Also, I tried removing the NVIDIA card and ran the same GPU-intensive software with just onboard graphics. It was of course much more sluggish, but I encountered no more crashes. I'll try your other suggestions next.
Sep
8
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
Typical temperatures in SpeedFan hover around 30-40C. I haven't used IntelBurn Test, but after overclocking the CPU, I tested stability using Prime95. Note that there are no stability issues when running CPU-bound processes - I can run them for days with no issues.
Sep
8
revised NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
Added second error dialog
Sep
7
awarded  Promoter
Sep
5
revised NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
Updated status
Sep
5
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
It looks like it's a hardware issue. I'll try removing/reseating all the components.
Sep
5
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
I Googled the new error and tried modifying the TdrDelay registry key as suggested, but that did nothing except increase the amount of time it was frozen before it crashed.
Sep
5
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
I just reinstalled the driver. I removed everything I could with Add/Remove Programs, and then purged the rest with Driver Fusion. Even after reinstalling with a redownloaded copy of the latest version (301.42), there are errors when I try to run graphically intensive software. The error this time was a little different: see it here
Sep
5
awarded  Commentator
Sep
5
comment NVIDIA Driver Crashing on Custom-Built Windows 7 PC
OK, I'll try reinstalling the driver. My PSU does 520 W.