Graphics Card Causes Crash

December 7, 2005 at 02:30:28
Specs: WinXP, 1Gb

At work we have four PCs, all identical 3Gb P4s, all with the same graphics cards. At least once a day they will crash either freezing temporarily then switching off, or just switching off.

The error that Windows gives when the PC is switched back on is:

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szAppName : Drivers.Display szAppVer : 10DE0322A191101462
szModName : nv4_disp.dll szModVer : 6.14.10.4523 Offset : 6C6F06EA

C:\WINDOWS\LogFiles\Watchdog\051201_1011_01.wdl

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This points to the nvidia GeForce FX 5200 graphics card. I also looked in the error log which confirms this:

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//
// Watchdog Event Log File
//

LogType: Watchdog
Created: 2005-12-01 10:11:51
TimeZone: 0 - GMT Standard Time
WindowsVersion: XP
EventType: 0xEA - Thread Stuck in Device Driver

//
// The driver for the display device got stuck in an infinite loop. This
// usually indicates a problem with the device itself or with the device
// driver programming the hardware incorrectly. Please check with your
// display device vendor for any driver updates.
//

EaRecovery: 1
ShutdownCount: 82
Shutdown: 0
EventCount: 18
BreakCount: 18
BugcheckTriggered: 1
DebuggerNotPresent: 1
DriverName: nv4_disp
EventFlag: 1
DeviceClass: Display
DeviceDescription: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
HardwareID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&SUBSYS_91101462&REV_A1
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
DriverFixedFileInfo: FEEF04BD 00010000 0006000E 000A11AB 0006000E 000A11AB 0000003F 00000008 00040004 00000003 00000004 00000000 00000000
DriverCompanyName: NVIDIA Corporation
DriverFileDescription: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 45.23
DriverFileVersion: 6.14.10.4523
DriverInternalName: nv4_disp.dll
DriverLegalCopyright: (C) NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved.
DriverOriginalFilename: nv4_disp.dll
DriverProductName: NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Display driver, Version 45.23
DriverProductVersion: 6.14.10.4523

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I have updated the drivers to the latest ones from the nvidia website and still no change. I have also tried changing the AGP Aperture size, again with no joy.

I thought the card could be faulty - but it seems strange that all four computers would have faulty cards. They are used for general graphics work - Photoshop and Aquark Xpress mainly - but nothing that should put a strain on a P4 at all.

Does anyone know what the problem may be, or any possible solutions?

Many thanks for any help



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#1
December 7, 2005 at 05:06:38

Dude..Check out the following areas


A)Can you isolate one system,format the sytem and try to re-install the OS

B)Are you on a network, meaning does your system automatically get windows , Antivirus updates all from a single server?

C)Have you updated your windows to the fullest.I would recommend so because it will remove a lot of bottlenecks from the system and it will functional normally.

D)Are you overclocking.If no,or yes..just try to go to BIOS and set the option "LOAD OPTMIZED DEFAULTS".

E)I know there is something called Microsoft GDI detection tool.It is a tool to detect the graphic apps getting virus infected.And so I advice you to go to Microsoft Windows Update website and download all what is shown

F)Try to update the Antivirus,if you have one

******** TRY THIS ONLY ON A SINGLE SYSTEM***

This is the areas where I can think of..just a word of thought...

Take care..Post your reply..


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#2
December 7, 2005 at 07:39:57

Barring the root viral possible problems
which masterofnone has detailed above...

And in addition to all of his comments ...

I am in agreement, the best thing to do
would be to get the data you want to keep
from off of one of the machines, back it up
somewhere else.

I would suggest opening up the machine
at that time and reseating the video card.

Then accomplish a full reformat of the HD
(being sure to clear any earlier partitions
installed by the manufacturer -- you will
want to rewrite the MFT on the drive) as
well as a full reinstall of the OS.

Update Windows but do not update any
graphics card drivers if Windows update
provides any through their update site.

Download the Forceware 81.95 drivers
from NVidia, load your apps and then use
the system for several days to see if this
has worked for you.

By the way are these HP or Compag
desktops by chance?


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#3
December 7, 2005 at 08:07:01

I had a GeForce 5200FX, i downloaded all the latest drivers for it but still caused me lots of freezing and system crashed, but only when im running games, graphics and cpu intensive applications.. i think its because the graphics card was overheating, it has a wide heatsink but has no fan(earlier version).. if u have another graphics card try it in 1 of your PCs so you'll know if its really your graphics card that is causing the problem.. i had same errors on the nv***.dll, i googled and searched the net for a solution but failed to sort it out.. another suggestion, if you could open 1 of your PC's casing and well ventilate it jst for observation if its overheating.. i hope this helps.

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#4
December 7, 2005 at 08:18:48

Thanks to all of you for your advice

I have been desperately trying to find possible solutions that don't involve reformatting the HD - it would mean an awful lot of trouble, but it may be the only answer.

masterofnone - thanks for the list of pointers, I will work through them now.

vois2 - they are neither HP nor Compaq, as far as I kow they were from an independent place.

kaiserx - interesting you had the same problem - maybe they are not well ventilated cards? I might try running one PC with the case sides off.

Thanks for the help again.


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