Graphics driver has failed and has recovered?

March 4, 2011 at 15:47:19
Specs: Windows 7, 4 GB
I've been struggling with this for a long time.
I run a game, and at some point during the game will freeze momentarily, minimize and I'll get the 'Graphics driver has failed and has recovered' error.

Now, apart from the RAM and CPU, which both have been tested, every single component in my case has been replaced and tested thoroughly not just by me, but by the people in a computer store nearby who had been consulting me about the problem.
They couldn't find any faults with the hardware and since it was a fresh installation of Windows 7, that didn't seem to be the problem either.
Nevertheless, after a week of testing several different options they found nothing.

I've now installed a Windows XP dualboot and was surprised to see that the problem doesn't occur on XP.

All hardware is completely Windows 7 approved.

Does anyone have a clue as to what is causing this and how I might stop it from happening?
It's a gaming rig that I invested quite a bit in, and it really feels like a waste having to stick with Dx9.

I was suggested trying a fresh installation of Windows 7 from a different, legit copy (for the second time). It didn't fix it.

Any help at all would be appreciated a lot.

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March 4, 2011 at 17:12:06
The error is telling you that you have a driver problem, so why are you messing with the hardware? If you want help, you need to list your system specs, especially the make/model of your video card. If you don't know the specs, try using Speccy:

Pay attention during the installation & uncheck the boxes for the crappy google software.

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March 4, 2011 at 17:44:36
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
CPU: Q6600 @ 2.4ghz, tested with Prime95, no issues.
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950

Sorry about the lack of data in my initial post.
It's a brand new 6950 with the latest Catalyst W7 x64 drivers.

Of course I thought it a driver issue at first, but no driver change ever managed to fix it when I had it on my 5850, eventually I upgraded to my 6950 for free, in an attempt to somehow fix the issue. I was given an 9600GT while my 5850 got sent in, which gave the same error.

I installed and tested multiple proper drivers for all three of these cards. After having completely removed any trace of previous drivers using driver sweeper as well as formatting & reinstalling the OS, I still get this error.

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