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I installed the EK waterblock on my 6950 on Sunday and noticed that the Display driver has been crapping out very frequently (I get the "display driver stopped responding and has recovered" problem). Initially, I thought it was a display driver issue so I did everything by the books. Fresh install, fresh roll back, none of it seemed to have remedied the issue. So I figure it was overheating. Installed and ran OCCT and the temperatures were fine so I moved on to the next possible culprit, overclock. So I decided to reset everything (CPU, GPU, and Memory) back to stock and that didn't seem to fix the issue either. So now I'm wondering if it might be an issue with the install of the waterblock. There are no artifacts.

This is where it gets really interesting. The display driver will crap out randomly when I'm using WaterFox, when I attempt to play Starcraft II and DOTA2. However, it can run Skyrim beautifully.

Please help! Thank you. smile.gif
Edited by FaLLeNAn9eL - 5/15/12 at 12:22am
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Don't use WaterFox or if there's hardware accelaration you can turn off in the settings.
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Thanks for the tip! I'll give that a shot. +Rep

What should I do about the issue with Starcraft II and DOTA? Should I disable hardware acceleration for those as well?
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is anything over heating ? check gpus and vrms with gpuz.
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If it was mine then I would remove the block and reinstall it. And check the thermal paste on it. Plus check the thermal pads and make sure they didn't move around when you put the block on. Thanks
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Originally Posted by Bal3Wolf View Post

is anything over heating ? check gpus and vrms with gpuz.

I don't think it's overheating. I used OCCT to stress test it while monitoring the temps and it ran for hours with no problems.
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If it was mine then I would remove the block and reinstall it. And check the thermal paste on it. Plus check the thermal pads and make sure they didn't move around when you put the block on. Thanks

Thanks! I'll give this a shot over the weekend.

Thanks again for the replies, guys. I'm really at a lost here so anything and everything helps. + Rep.
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Update: So I double checked the temps and voltages and they were fine so I went ahead and tore down the card and reinstalled the water block. That didn't seem to solve the issue. So I decided to run some more tests. Ran MemTest for a few hours and it found 3 faults. Would 3 faults in a span of 12gb of memory cause this issue?
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Yes, bad RAM will cause the issue you describe. Check for the bad stick then remove it should fix it.
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