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New SLI config GTX 280's, BSOD + new card dies?

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A little backstory to my problem: I wanted a boost in graphics power, bought an SLI mate to my GTX280 off eBay. For the last 4 days since I received it, it's been working fine. Plugged my second monitor into my new (used) card and left my TV hooked up into my original card.

Today however, I woke up my computer from hibernation and left the room. I came back a few minutes later to a 'PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA' BSOD. I've had this error before with an old computer and it turned out to be faulty RAM. I thought, okay... and restarted. Booted Windows normally and my second monitor never turned on. I checked nVidia CP and sure enough SLI wasn't even an option. I did a restart and then a system restore. My drivers are up to date (though I haven't tried reinstalling them) and still only one 280 shows up in device manager. My next step is to try swapping the cards to see if one of my PCI-E slots has gone bad or to find out if I just invested in a dead card.

Of course I can't find the Windows log error about the BSOD (I've heard some drivers cause them) so I have no idea what caused the BSOD or when (during Windows coming out of hibernation or at the desktop). I haven't the slightest clue about how warm my cards have been running since installing them but as I've said this is day 4 of playing games and such and I haven't had any issues before this. The side of my case (and its a big case) is pretty much a massive fan so I don't assume overheating was an issue.

Looking for outside ideas into what caused my BSOD, such as could it be the card dying? Or could my RAM have messed up and decimated my new (used) card? And then I remember eVGA did a trade up option a while back, is that still around and is it even possible to try and trade up two old and one possibly dead cards for a discount on a new one?

Thanks for any input.
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post #2 of 5
when you introduced the 2nd card into your system, did you uninstall/reinstall the nvidia drivers?

I would definitely recommend uninstalling/reinstalling nvidia drivers now.

evga step-up is what you are referring to and it's only available on new cards within a 90 day window. However, if one (or both) of your cards are faulty, you can rma them with evga if they were registered at time of purchase.
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I didn't.. probably should have. I first popped in the card and at first it saw it but didn't know what to do with it, after a few minutes it figured it out and the nVidia CP had the SLI option available. Uninstalling as I type this now.

Yeah, I remember hearing about it once back in the day (not my first eVGA card, had a 7950GT back in the day). I'm not sure about either card being registered, this computer was originally built by one of my friends who sold it to me and well the eBay card was in another computer, I'd have to get in touch with them both. Would they HAVE to be registered at the time of purchase? Because I have a sinking feeling neither of them were.. :/
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Yeah, no change. Well it's definitely a hardware issue then.
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Problem solved. Popped the new card out and into the SLI slot where my original card was, started right up no problems, though my computer forgot that it was a GTX280 and I had to reinstall drivers.

I think my PCI-E port went bad, I shifted my cards down one (to a "lower performance" PCI-E slot) and they're both working fine in SLI.

Also reversed my rear case fan after figuring out it was blowing inward and not outward like I wanted. That probably solved any cooling problems in the future for me
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