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"An error with the display driver has occurred"?

post #1 of 16
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So I was in the middle of playing the witcher 2 when it suddenly froze. It gave me that message saying the display driver had broken, then the fan went on full blast for a few seconds. When I tabbed back into the game again, it worked fine. CPU-Z says the max temp it was at was 79C.


...the hell happened?
post #2 of 16
Randomness, but if it keeps happening the card could be failing, unless it's a severe driver issue.

Which driver are you using ?
post #3 of 16
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The latest, 270.61.

I guess I won't worry about it too much, but the GPU did do one other thing weird in the past. Was playing Just Cause 2 and it randomly showed a checkerboard pattern of pink boxes and froze. W/E, I'm not TOO worried about it failing since EVGA's warranty is pretty good, so I guess I'll just use it as long as I can.
post #4 of 16
Card may be overheating/failing my laptop did that about once every hour or two while gaming.
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Card may be overheating my laptop did that about once every hour or two while gaming.
I thought 79C was well in normal range, though.
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The latest, 270.61.
It could easily just be an issue with TW2, many people are having multiple issues with it, and are trying different drivers and other fixes.

If it's happening in other games and you've tried other drivers it could be a failing card.

You could also try the new beta drivers, 273. something.
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I thought 79C was well in normal range, though.

Fermi cards are fine until 100-110, which at that point they will downclock themselves to prevent a burnout.
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The latest, 270.61.

I guess I won't worry about it too much, but the GPU did do one other thing weird in the past. Was playing Just Cause 2 and it randomly showed a checkerboard pattern of pink boxes and froze. W/E, I'm not TOO worried about it failing since EVGA's warranty is pretty good, so I guess I'll just use it as long as I can.
Are you OC'ing it ? it could be unstable.

If not, that's a very bad sign, it's likely failing if it's doing it in multiple games.

Try other drivers as well.
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Are you OC'ing it ? it could be unstable.

If not, that's a very bad sign, it's likely failing if it's doing it in multiple games.

Try other drivers as well.
Nah no overclock. If I just try using it until it fails could it hurt the rest of my system?
post #10 of 16
If it just happened once, you're okay. If it happens over and over again, try reinstalling the driver. If it keeps happening, your card is probably dying :/
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