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Computer crashing on Nvidia driver install

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I'm having issues with my graphics cards/drivers.

My build is:
ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366
Intel core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz
Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3
2x EVGA GTX 470 in SLI
Kingwin Lazer LZ 1000W Power Supply

Up until Saturday night, my computer has been running smoothly for over a year. I've been running my two cards in SLI with no problems on driver 301.42 playing games like Skyrim, Battlefield 3, and GTAIV on high/ultra settings with no problems. I was playing L.A. Noire on Saturday night and as soon as I started it up, green dots started showing up everywhere and the game (as well as the computer) ended up crashing with a blue screen. It wasn't my first time launching the game either.

I turn my computer off and turn it back on with no problems and decide to go ahead and update to the just released 306.23 driver. I play the game and everything seems fine. I then shut down my computer for the night.

The next day, I turn my computer on to see it go through the normal routine but after the starting windows screen, everything just goes black and my computer continues to run. I hold the power button to turn it off and turn it back on. It prompts me with the option to run the startup repair option. I run it but it doesn't fix anything. I unplug everything except my mouse, keyboard, and one monitor and try turning it on again. It now goes to the desktop and I start looking around in the Nvidia control panel options. I see that my SLI was disabled so I attempt to turn it on and my computer freezes and blue screens.

I try this multiple times with the same result. I tried reverting back to the old drivers (301.42) with still the same result. The control panel still recognizes both graphics cards so I don't think they are the problem but I could be wrong. Every time I try to turn SLI on, it crashes. I give up for the night and shut it down.

So today I go to turn on my computer and it does the same thing as before, it goes black then prompts me with the startup repair option. I go through the motions and after several attempts, it somehow gets to the desktop. I did some looking around and decided to try this guide for a fresh install of Nvidia drivers. http://www.overclock.net/t/1150443/how-to-remove-your-nvidia-gpu-drivers

After removing all the files on the list, I try to install drivers 301.42. My computer crashes to a blue screen half way through install. I try installing 306.23 and it also crashes. I try going back to 295.73 and it still crashes during the install to a blue screen. I'm at a loss on what to do right now. I'll probably start by tearing it apart and trying each graphic card by itself tomorrow unless anybody can give me any advice. I'd greatly appreciate it!
post #2 of 4
Verify that both cards are still working.

One of them may have died, i.e. the second card.
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post #3 of 4
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Alright. I'll try each card individually after work tomorrow and I'll post my findings. If one card is working and one is dead, would that prevent the drivers from installing even though one is working? I was able to install different drivers up until I attempted the clean sweep of everything Nvidia.
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Well things seem to be working correctly now. I tried each card individually starting with the one I thought to be dead. When I started it up, it was obvious the card was bad. Things still displayed on the screen but there were lines everywhere and plenty of graphical glitches. I put the other card in and everything booted up just like normal. I installed the drivers no problem and things seem to be stable. I'll probably be buying a newer card to replace these two. Something else I noticed though, when I turn my computer on, a small spark comes from the same spot right above the port where the case USB cord plugs into the motherboard. If the case USB cord is NOT plugged in, it doesn't spark. I'm not sure what could be causing it but I certainly don't want my motherboard sparking on start up.
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