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Can we get a sticky on this? I've been seeing more and more of this problem and people don't know whats causing it. They think its their computer failing.

Symptoms:
Crash during simple browsing and watching flash videos.
crash during gaming.
Black screen for a few seconds and then Windows says something about driver recovered.

Cause:
Apparently drivers 280.26 and newer started this problem. People have had brand new stable systems for months and once they updated to 280.26 drivers, they began to get this error.

http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?s...gopid=1282066&

take a look for yourselves.

Ways to fix:
Uninstall 280.26 completely and then revert to older 275.33 drivers.
Change Nvidia setting "power management mode" to "prefer maximum mode". (however, this does not fix the problem, but reduces it).

Notes:
Many people report stability again and no crashes after reverting to 275.33.
There are reports that even after reverting, it does not go away. Additionally, even a whole OS reinstall will not make this go away either.
I feel like something has been permanently damaged as to cause this because their systems were fine until they installed 280.26 drivers. However, many cases were with older video cards.
The gtx 560ti seems to have this problem more than other cards.

Cause:
Something about not enough voltages being applied to the video cards. There was a report of stability after adjusting voltages or speed.
post #2 of 9
I had similar issues and I fixed them by simply adding 0.025mV in MSI Afterburner. It never crashed again.
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The 'XXX.XX Display driver nvlddmkm/atikmdag stopped responding and has successfully recovered' is an old but very widespread issue in the past as well as present. What's terrible is the the problem can often be any number of things from an unclean driver install to some kind of faulty hardware in your system. Here's my own personal list of what may be the problem starting with the most suggested...

-Unstable overclock
-Messy/incomplete driver installation
-Overheating video card
-Dieing video card
-Insufficient power
-Defective memory
-Degraded processor
-Fluctuating power supply

...it's really aimed towards hardware. This problem also has cases with ATI/AMD video cards so don't assume it's an Nvidia only issue.

What I'd suggest to test...

-Make sure everything is stock
-Watch what your temperatures are
-Use a driver cleaning software under safe mode
-Disable Windows Update to prevent it from installing its own video drivers
-Stress test your computer
-Use older drivers to see if problem persist
-Reinstall Windows
-Get replacement video card(s)

If nothing works up to that point...then the problem should surely reside within some other faulty hardware which can very well be anything that isn't the video card(s). The processor should be the very last thing to think about replacing since they're really durable in general.

The solution that fixed my problem was an unstable overclock.
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Agree about reverting back to 275.33. I was having similar problem with my EVGA GTX 570 SC. Reverted back to 275.33 yesterday. Touch wood, So far no crashes.
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I am having these issues also even on Nvidia 277.33 drivers that other people claim work fine. I am getting the Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has successfully recovered error in the System log. I have tried so many supposed fixes I've found online and nothing is working. I have tried increasing voltage in Afterburner, setting to stock in Afterburner, I have set max pre rendered frames to 1 in Nvida control panel, I have tried overclocking a bit, doing some registry edit fix to tweak the GPU timeout detection and recovery (TDR) and NOTHING is working. One common factor i have seen however is that anyone posting these issues have intel chips.
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My only problem was with Firefox. Even the Windows Update installed 275.xx drivers caused it in conjunction with Firefox (when I first installed Win 7 a few weeks ago). I had at least 10 TDRs in three days (with two different cards - GTX 460 and GTX 560) and both 280.26 and 285.62 drivers. Never in gaming -aways while browsing. Saw a suggestion that it may be Firefox together with Nvidia drivers causing the issue. Switched to Opera five days ago and haven't had a single TDR. Opera doesn't support hardware acceleration, so that may be why there's no issue.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeffredo View Post
My only problem was with Firefox. Even the Windows Update installed 275.xx drivers caused it in conjunction with Firefox (when I first installed Win 7 a few weeks ago). I had at least 10 TDRs in three days (with two different cards - GTX 460 and GTX 560) and both 280.26 and 285.62 drivers. Never in gaming -aways while browsing. Saw a suggestion that it may be Firefox together with Nvidia drivers causing the issue. Switched to Opera five days ago and haven't had a single TDR. Opera doesn't support hardware acceleration, so that may be why there's no issue.
This issue has nothing to do with any specific graphics driver or graphics card or anything. Its undoubtedly sokething within the Windows OS itself that isnt agreeing with something. ive read in other forums of people not having issues in dual boot systems on other OS's with the same hardware. MS just needs to take some responsibility here finally and figure out *** is up. This issues been happening for years even on Vista.
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Hi All im having same problem with latest 285 driver as soon as MSI loads PC Crashes and there no overclock
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OK so GOOD NEWS (for me at least). Gigabyte had a new BIOS for the 560 Ti type that I own on their site. I flashed the card with that new BIOS. They also had an Nvidia driver there on the site and I figured OK since they are endorsing this one, I'll get it and try (266.44, yes not the absolute newest but whatever). I can safely say after HOURS of playing The Witcher 2, the freezes and black screens that lead to the "Display driver stopped responding" error are GONE, 100%. I didn't touch any other settings in my motherboard BIOS, those were the only two things I changed after trying multiple other fixes online. I didn't try running a newer driver with the BIOS update yet, I'm just happy its finally fixed and leaving well enough alone for the moment.
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