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The problem started after I installed the new beta drivers from nvidia but i really don't think its the drivers that caused the problem. Its the graphics cards in my sig rig (2 gtx480s in sli). After installing the drivers I went to play some battlefield 3 and try out the adaptive vsync. About 15 minutes in my computer crashes to a black screen with an annoying sound loop. I have to restart the computer manually as it doesn't restart on its own after the crash. I tried playing the game again. Same problem over and over even with adaptive vsync turned off. I rolled back to older drivers and same problem exists. I've never had a problem with overheating on my cards. They are equipped with arctic accellero xtreme plus coolers and the temperatures are no higher then 65 degrees on load. I have tried one card and the crash doesn't happen on either of them. So its only when they are in sli. I'm at a loss on this one.
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How old is you PSU?
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I had just recently got a replacement for the psu so its brand new.
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i really have no idea then. 1000watt should be over kill. i'll bump ya though biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 7
I've been having the same problems since i recently got a second 470 for SLI. Random black screens with anything really. Browsing, movies,etc...

Same as you, both cards work fine by them selves even with different PSU's. There's dozens of threads on various forums about the 400 series having problems, especially 470's and 480's.

Some solutions include setting a firm PciE frequency in your motherboard BIOS to 100, disabling Realtek network drivers, using older Realtek drivers, disabling Nvidia HD audio drivers,etc....

Nothing has worked for me, but turning off SLI makes everything work perfectly. Most likely a SLI driver problem, might have to just get the right driver for your rig. 290's drivers gave me the most time in between lockups, but they still happened quite frequently. I haven't tried flashing the cards to a different BIOS yet, but thats the only thing I haven't done. Hope I shed some light on the situation for you. If you get it sorted out, let me know thumb.gif
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i remember reading somewhere about this, but it wasn't only for 400 series cards. If I remember properly, it was due to a new update in BF3 that didn't like to play along with SLI very well. I remember reading that the issue had been escalated to BF3 technicians to fix the issue. Your description is exactly like what I read about. I'll edit this post later if I can find a link to the source.
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I don't think it was the drivers.. I swapped the cards around and now they are working fine. I'm very confused by what even happened. I did notice before the temps were idleing about 45C+, now they are at 39C idle.
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