I have been experiencing a weird problem for the last week and I can't find any other poster who has the same thing.

My drivers crash, normal black screen, then recover and then immediately recrash and then recover, meaning there are 2 notifications for the crash after it all ends.

Thing is I'm quite ok with the occasional crash, but this is not occasional any more. And they DON'T crash when I'm starting up some game, they crash every time I boot my pc. Every single time for the last 10 days or so. After the crash, anything resembling graphics in my pc gets corrupted and unusable, can't use share screen on skype, can't watch youtube videos because they stutter, and worst of all there is no sound.

I have a GIGABYTE GTX 770 OC Windforcex3 and the drivers I have installed are the latest. Cleaning up previous drivers didn't help, installing them again also didn't. Checked my services to see if something was disabled there but nothing.

What I am seeking here is either a way to fix this problem altogether or a way for me to bring my PC back to normal without having to restart every time this happens. Boot time after the crash is significantly longer. I have to restart because as I said before it is almost unusable. After the restart, nothing goes wrong. It only happens on the first boot after the night or a long enough period of time.

Drivers are fully updated of course.

Thanks in advance.

PS. I am not in a position where I can meddle with the hardware and interchange GPUs as I have no spare parts.

  • Have you checked Windows Update? Been a handful of times that an update has screwed how my gfx runs. – Papa Jun 20 '16 at 0:07
  • Well, it says my pc is up to date as of yesterday. Do you want me to check something more specific? – Green5126 Jun 20 '16 at 0:11
  • I would check to see if an update was installed around the time it started playing up. Could be a .NET framework update that messes with the drivers. Also, do you have an old hard drive laying about? Install win on that and test. Need to rule out hardware issues. – Papa Jun 20 '16 at 0:12
  • Most latest batch of updates were 90% Office compatibility ones. There was a bundled update for Windows 10 version 1511, x64 systems though. Trying my best to translate the update names here, not my main language. Also no, I am not able to do that. :/ Any diagnostics I could run so we could narrow this down? – Green5126 Jun 20 '16 at 0:17
  • When this whole thing started, my PC would restart completely by itself. Then after one or two days, only the drivers crashed. – Green5126 Jun 20 '16 at 0:20

For overheating I would do the following:

  • Clean CPU/GFX fans and heatsinks of any dust. This will help in the short term.

  • If your case has filters for air flow, clean those.

  • Opening case on hot days would help.

  • The end game would be to buy a good air cooler and redo your thermal paste as it's been running at high temps which can degrade the efficiency.

I live in Sydney, Australia and we get similar temps. I had 20c drop when I bought a Cooler Master Hyper 212X CPU cooler with noticeable noise reduction. It's not expensive.

  • Sorry for the late reply. Yeah turns out the culprit was the heatsink, it has sooo much dust in it that you could barely see that it existed. Cleaned that up and had a 20c drop, all is good now no crashes or beeps from the case. Thanks! – Green5126 Jul 10 '16 at 17:16

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