Solved Windows 7 Nvidia Driver Crashing

August 14, 2013 at 11:00:11
Specs: Windows 7, 3.2 GHz / 8192 MB
Hi there.
This is a sort of follow up to my previous posts:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
and
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
These three threads, when I look back on it, are revolving around the same issue.
This issue "killed" my previous windows installations, and by killed I mean making them unusable, inaccessible. Luckily I keep backups laying around.
Its only when I used a stable installation that I noticed what may be the root to my issues.
A driver crashed from time to time.
"Display driver stopped responding and has recovered. Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 311.06 stopped responding and has successfully recovered."
This happens with all the drivers I have tested. This usually happens when I open up an internet browser, i.e Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc. It doesn't happen every time I open up an internet browser tho', it seems more random.
I've tried "fixes" for the issue, with no luck. And I've been roaming the web and seen other people with the same issue.

Thank you for your time.


Specs
Asus Sabertooth X58
Intel Core I7 970 @ 3.2 GHz
Nvidia Geforce GTX 670, stock clocked
8 GB DDR3 RAM, no errors with Windows Memory Diagnostics or Memtest86.
2 HDDs, 1x 500 GB (secondary this time) 1x 1 TB (main)
550W Corsair PSU

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August 15, 2013 at 07:46:14
Ahh man that really sucks, its a good GPU too. i guess there is no harm in testing your
GPU just to make sure?

may be worth testing your PSU too just to make sure it is able to provide enough power to your GPU under load?

http://www.technibble.com/repair-to...



#1
August 14, 2013 at 13:27:56
You don't mention, whether you are using 32 or 64 bit.

My googling gets this driver for 64 bit.

nvidia geforce gtx 670 driver
http://is.gd/n9uosZ
http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7-w...


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#2
August 14, 2013 at 14:10:00
"This happens with all the drivers I have tested."

That implies that I have tested the newest (and older) drivers, and some betas just to throw it into the mix.

Thanks for your effort tho' ;)

PS: I think the issue surfaced around January - February this year, maybe, I really can't remember when I first noticed it. I got my GTX 670 back in August 2012. Keep that in mind.

nuFF3


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#3
August 15, 2013 at 02:09:16
I have been having a similar issue for a little while now, also when im using the internet, what seems to happen to me is, i would sometimes get a message in the system tray that NVIDIA driver has stopped responding.

the first few times i was able to continue to use my machine, i didnt see a problem with the display, the colours were the same, absolutely nothing would change.

i uninstalled and reinstalled the display drivers

however in the last couple of weeks, especially during the use of IE, i now get no messages, the screen just freezes, sometimes i can move my mouse around BUT cannot click on anything, cannot lauch apps, i dont know if in the background my clicks may be being registered but the display doesnt refresh and show me what is going on.

i tested my machine to death, and here is what i noticed

I checked my System Event Logs and noticed that just before the screen would crash my AVG would record a fault, there after the next log would be an unexpected restart, thats me performing a hard boot.

i have no idea if this AVG crash is related however i done some research on the problem and found that it was a known issue with AVG, and turning off the self protection feature would cure the issue with AVG.

So far it has been two days since i have turned off Self Protection and touch wood my pc has not crashed. Again no idea if its related but its just the fact that event viewer logged a fault just before the system froze on a number of occassions.

From what i read, the NVIDIA driver crashes when there is a fault within Windows, i cannot be too clear as i dont have the webpage where i read this, what was said was that the driver would crash due to a crash/fault in windows. If i find the article i will post a link.

Anyways, i dont know if this has helped, im still waiting to see if my machine crashes again - hopefully not - but so far its been two days and its been running smoothe after the AVG setting change.


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#4
August 15, 2013 at 07:37:08
Unfortunately I think my GPU is dying. Now I constantly get bluescreens with the same error "nvlddmkm.sys" 0x00000116.

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#5
August 15, 2013 at 07:46:14
✔ Best Answer
Ahh man that really sucks, its a good GPU too. i guess there is no harm in testing your
GPU just to make sure?

may be worth testing your PSU too just to make sure it is able to provide enough power to your GPU under load?

http://www.technibble.com/repair-to...


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#6
August 15, 2013 at 08:55:58
Thing is that it worked a couple of mouths ago, but now it just flat out refuses to work properly... Using a PSU calculator, even with the 4 year old PSU I still had headroom of wattage to work with.
I can start my PC in safe mode, but not regular. I know it not my RAM or my HDD since I've tested them with no faults or errors.

nuFF3


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#7
August 15, 2013 at 09:09:58
im just at home now and I ran the GPU software I linked above and it passed all tests. The reason im persistent in testing your GPU first is that, if you go ahead and buy a new one its going to cost you a lot of £ so better rule it out.

One last suggestion before I go and play some COD Zombies :)

download the latest driver from NVIDIA, save to desktop. Then completely uninstall your driver from control panel, program and features. Restart and reinstall the downloaded driver.

I have googled this a lot due to my own issues and majority of the time I found that the culprit in fact is not your GPU, I know it can be different for everyone but I guess its good to rule out everything systematically and therefore you can be confident with your conclusion.

So please have go at running the software I can confirm its safe I just ran it on my machine.


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#8
August 15, 2013 at 10:28:57
Fortunately here in Norway we have a 5 warranty for all electronic products, and if my GPU is faulty/corrupt its a full warranty case. So I'm probably covered, hopefully.
Oh, just so you know, I can't start windows normally, so testing is kinda out of the question. But I admire your passion for my problem, so I thank you buddy.

nuFF3


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#9
August 15, 2013 at 14:29:50
"error "nvlddmkm.sys" 0x00000116"

That still appears to be a NVIDIA driver problem.

nvlddmkm.sys blue screen

http://is.gd/GVFlkN

http://voices.yahoo.com/techtips-nv...

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#10
August 16, 2013 at 07:32:35
Oddly enough, I can start Windows if I boot up through safe mode..

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#11
August 16, 2013 at 14:03:24
"Oddly enough, I can start Windows if I boot up through safe mode.."
That's because it doesn't load all your drivers.

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#12
August 16, 2013 at 15:10:01
yeah I noticed. Ive tried like every driver but all of them give me BSOD.
Aggravating to say the least.

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#13
August 16, 2013 at 15:26:44
You still haven't told us if you are using 32 or 64 bit.

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#14
August 16, 2013 at 15:31:43
This is what I would do.

First of all, uninstall Nvidia using Revo in ADVANCED mode.

1: Revo Uninstaller
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.revouninstaller.com/
Open Revo, double click on a program logo, click > Yes & then you get your options, with Advanced down the bottom.
If you have partially uninstalled your program, you get a message from Revo, that it can't find the uninstaller, hit Cancel & let Revo continue on, to search for the remnants.
If you get a reboot message, ignore it & do it after Revo has finished.
I use Advanced Mode. Screenshots of how to use.
http://i.imgur.com/dXJGX1q.gif
http://i.imgur.com/VonCA.gif
http://i.imgur.com/fGmmb.gif
http://i.imgur.com/pdhbV.gif
http://i.imgur.com/fIgy0.gif
http://i.imgur.com/tDH9Z.gif
http://i.imgur.com/DbfgN.gif
http://i.imgur.com/tDafK.gif
http://i.imgur.com/Bz5j9.gif
http://i.imgur.com/X5S5I.gif

I use these on a daily basis on every comp I work on.

2: Run Wise Disk Cleaner ( Run the 1st three tabs, left to right. I use default settings, leave boxes that are unchecked, unchecked ) Reboot when finished.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.wisecleaner.com/download...

3: Run Wise Registry Cleaner ( Only use Registry Cleaner & with default settings. Don't use System Tuneup, that is for Experts, you really have to know what you are doing ) Reboot when finished.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.wisecleaner.com/wiseregi...


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#15
August 16, 2013 at 15:34:09
When I have drivers that are not working or hard to find, I use this.

SlimDrivers
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://slimdrivers.com/


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#16
August 17, 2013 at 04:08:30
John, if you are still wongering weither I use 32bit or 64bit? I don't think anyone is using 32bit anymore, at least not when they sport a 6 core i7 and a gtx 670.
Another thing, deleting the driver to then reinstall it or another driver, wouldn't help. Just installing a new or older nvidia driver deletes the driver you had before. But when no driver works, and trying to replace the .sys file doesn't work, reinstalling windows doesn't work, RAM is OK according to memtest 86 and windows memory diagnostics, there is nothing wrong with the harddrive either, I could safely assume there is something wrong hardware wise with my GPU.

There is still a few days until I return my GPU, so any suggestions could help.
Thank you for your time.

nuFF3

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#17
December 14, 2013 at 02:09:21
I've wasted 3 days experimenting any advice I could find. Ended up with ver 301.42 extended TdrDelay REQ_QWORD up to 300(768). It works (for the time being)

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#18
December 14, 2013 at 02:30:24
Found out that it was my PSU not giving enough power to my system.

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#19
January 12, 2014 at 02:04:47
I have the same problem, Display driver stopped responding and has Recovered, I have windows 7 home premium.I noticed that on the net forums are thousands of cases the same.I tried several solutions from, specialists,but no change for the better, I have concluded that it is in windows 7.I reinstalled win xp pro and works perfectly no longer crashes in games, videos, movies.Windows 7 has a beautiful interface but is unstable.

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