BSOD @ Boot only from OFF, never from RESTART..?

February 6, 2012 at 18:42:32
Specs: Wind 7 home premium 64-bit, q8400 c2q@2.66
Hello again, all...
i just got the chance to upgrade my GPU for the first time in years..! i have been running my custom built PC for years w/o any problems at all, but then:
i bought a new evga gtx560 superclocked 2gb to replace my 'old' xfx gtx260 core 216... when i first did the install/switch, i was completely amazed by how easy it was - i even commented to my girl that it was the easiest GPU swap ive ever done, after mucking about some i turned the computer off and went to bed...
... BUT THEN...
the next day when i turned the PC on, i got the first BSOD ive gotten since upgrading to Win7 one year ago! right after the windows-is-loading 'splash screen', when the log-on screen should appear, the monitor flashed a couple of times and the screen went to blue error code mode and restart... everything was fine! booted up NP... since then i have found that if the PC is off, and i turn it on and let it boot normally, it BSOD at the same place listed above - every time. however, if i boot to safe mode and then restart -or- i can even hit my actual 'reset' button from the BSOD and everything is just fine!
... !?!? i have never seen anything quite like this in years and years of building, diagnosing, and repairing PCs...
the file its crashing on is:
i have tried to search for this error, but everyone who mentions this particular file seems to have very different causes and symptoms. i thought maybe i could gain some insight from here, as its always helped me a great deal in the past. any help or ideas, or any other info anyone needs please ask, and thanks for everyone who helps!!!

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February 6, 2012 at 18:54:18
The common issue tends to be drivers.

It still could be any number of other issues.

Did you completely remove the prior video drivers before you removed the video card?

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February 6, 2012 at 19:35:18
i am rather confident that the drivers are good at this point... i have reinstalled them 3 times at this point, and the last time i followed the directions posted on the evga forums...
it is so very strange - i have never seen anything quite like it, and its the only time ive experienced a major error like this when i didnt have a secondary PC to test various hardware components and the PSU...
what i dont get is the way it happens... off -to- on = crash, while any type of a restart will function perfectly! the card runs great! that might be the irony of it all, you know!?!?
anyways, i will keep looking for any ideas or info...

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February 10, 2012 at 20:32:19
i still cannot figure out what the heck is going on with this, and it is so very frustrating!!! i have spent hours and hours reading about different versions of this error - the TDR or whatever the heck it is... reinstalling drivers, resetting CMOS, removing realtek drivers, etc... all for nothing.
if anyone out there has any good info about something similar, please fill me in..!
*BSOD when the PC is OFF and turned on for a 'normal boot' = BSOD @ windows login "splash screen" [stop: 0x00000116, nvlddmkm.sys]
i can hit the reset button [on my case] from that BSOD, select 'start windows normally', and the PC boots fine! from OFF i can boot into safe mode - only to the login page - and select restart, and everything is fine. just that one BSOD; like a splinter in my mind, driving me mad...

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