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Hey, guys.

I've been running Windows 7 on my sig rig for past few months, and it's consistently been rock solid. It's also important to note that I haven't overclocked any of my hardware -- everything is running on stock clocks.

Since yesterday, however, I've been getting some bizarre and frustrating system instability, and I'm not really sure why.

I haven't done anything to the computer recently -- haven't messed with the hardware, etc. I also haven't really done anything to the system itself, as far as I can remember -- just changed some audio settings a week ago (24bit/192Khz for my sound card), and I installed the new Nvidia 310.90 driver (also a week ago). However, the instability only showed up suddenly and randomly a day ago.

I first noticed it when I launched Chrome. I tend to have between 30 and 50 tabs open at any time and I noticed that, once it finished loading, it took a long time to switch between them (a couple seconds, instead of instantly). I think it took longer for flashy pages (i.e. youtube videos). When I tried to run a video game (The Old Republic) while leaving the browser open, it instantly crashed after I signed in, and I got a "Your computer is running low on memory" error -- which is unlikely, since I have 16GB of RAM. I've also had other programs crash at random (or perhaps more likely, when they're doing a lot of things -- both CCleaner and Chrome have crashed as well).

I figured that the reason for the instability was my RAM, so I booted up Memtest86+ and let it run overnight (10 passes). It reported no errors.

So, I'm pretty lost as to where the problem is. The only other culprits I can think of are my motherboard or my OS (i.e. a malfunctioning driver), but I'm not really sure how to test that. I don't have another rig that I can hook up the motherboard to, and I'd rather not have to use a restore point unless it's highly likely that it's OS/software-based.

What do you guys think?

Thanks for your time and help!
Edited by 13ack.Stab - 1/13/13 at 7:52am
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It Is your 2600K overclocked at all?

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It Is your 2600K overclocked at all?

Nope, nothing is overclocked at all.
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Well, I know it's been a week, but I admit that I'm thinking that the culprit is the 310.90 driver.  I haven't really heard anything good about it yet.

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Well, it looks like you were right.

I rolled back my video driver to 310.70 and I'm not encountering any instability anymore.

Weird. I always thought Nvidia WHQL driver releases were really reliable, and it strikes me as odd that the instability appeared so late.

Thanks again! +REP smile.gif
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Quote:
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Well, it looks like you were right.

I rolled back my video driver to 310.70 and I'm not encountering any instability anymore.

Weird. I always thought Nvidia WHQL driver releases were really reliable, and it strikes me as odd that the instability appeared so late.

Thanks again! +REP smile.gif

 

You're welcome!

 

I admit that I was skeptical because like you said, it appeared kinda late.  To be honest with you, I'm still using 285.62 because all newer versions aren't as good as this one for me.  It's not that it provides me superior performance, but superior stability.  I mean, it doesn't give me any issues at all.  Plus, I don't have to worry about that automatic update feature they added.  :)

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