Recentlymy computer has begun experiencing freezing issues while in any game that utilizes DirectX or OpenGL.

The game would freeze during game play, displaying the same frame for 30 seconds or so, then Windows would report that the "Nvidia Driver has crashed", or the game would report a "render error". This error is somewhat intermittent, with gameplay performing fine for an hour or so and then freezing again.

Note that I am using the most current driver for my graphics card (GeForce GTX 660). Restarting the computer does not fix the problem, nor does changing the graphic's card's settings. Any tips on mitigating this problem?

Specs from DxDiag.exe:

System Information
Time of this report: 1/16/2015, 19:26:36
   Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.141211-1742)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
       System Model: Z97X-SLI
               BIOS: BIOS Date: 10/17/14 13:13:54 Ver: 04.06.05
          Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4670K CPU @ 3.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
             Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8054MB RAM
          Page File: 2221MB used, 13883MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
   User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
 System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
     DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode
  • Uninstall any direct x enteries in add/remove programs, reboot, then install the last released version of direct x 9 and install all updates that can be install by windows update – Ramhound Jan 17 '15 at 2:02
  • check your bus clock speed setting and strap settings in the bios, if it isn't set for 100, it is one of the things that can cause flakiness of the gpus in the PCI slots, being the frequency it runs at. Then do the usual benchmarking with furmark for both gpu processing, and artifacts (ram) while checking temperatures , to test the hardware of the gpu. – Psycogeek Jan 17 '15 at 7:04

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