BSOD nvlddmkm.sys 116 TDR error When Playing Video Games

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February 19, 2013 at 20:44:25
Specs: Windows 7, Intel(R) Core i7-3960X @ 3.30GHz (12 CPUs), ~3.3GHz
Hello everybody, I'm sorry if I am breaking any rules or posting this in the wrong place, this is my first post!
My computer BSOD's whenever I play video games after about 10 minutes of game play.
I have tried re-installing my drivers but that's all I know how to do.

Here is my crash dump analysis:
On Wed 2/20/2013 3:51:28 AM GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\021913-23930-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: nvlddmkm.sys (nvlddmkm+0x9316C4)
Bugcheck code: 0x116 (0xFFFFFA8015F15010, 0xFFFFF8800C7BD6C4, 0xFFFFFFFFC000009A, 0x4)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\nvlddmkm.sys
product: NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 314.07
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 314.07
Bug check description: This indicates that an attempt to reset the display driver and recover from a timeout failed.
A third party driver was identified as the probable root cause of this system error. It is suggested you look for an update for the following driver: nvlddmkm.sys (NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 314.07 , NVIDIA Corporation).
Google query: NVIDIA Corporation VIDEO_TDR_ERROR

I have a Nvidia Gefore GTX 680

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February 19, 2013 at 23:22:14
Download and install the latest driver for your GTX 680 from the nVidia website:

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February 19, 2013 at 23:53:24
Please read this MS KB Article to resolve the issue you are experiencing.

In addition, please refresh your DX runtime components for your Windows installation.

By the way, this problem happens in both Nvidia and AMD cards. I have both AMD Radeon HD 5xxx and HD 6xxx cards. This TDR issue happens in both of them. My solution is to increase idle core and memory clock speeds in AMD cards. If the above two solutions do not work for you and if your card has idle core/memory clocks, you may try increasing them by some 30 to 40%.

Note: Please try the solutions one by one and do not forget to restart your computer after every single solution. Otherwise, the changes do not take effect even if you have made them and you may not not be warned to restart. This may lead you to think that the solutions do not work.


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February 20, 2013 at 14:19:02
If you are using a video/graphics card & have onboard video, remove the card & try.

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