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NVIDIA drivers and Windows 8

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I've recently just upgraded my PC from Windows 7 to Windows 8 using a clean install, but I've run into a number of problems:

  • After installing the latest NVIDIA drivers (320.XX or something), computer freezes/hangs at random places. Typically when opening Chrome, or trying to use Internet Explorer. But in other places too such as choosing the Restart button in the Metro interface, or trying to select the Advanced Boot option in Metro to boot into Safe mode.
  • Some BSODs were encountered after the drivers were installed involving dxgkrnl.sys (also dxgmms1.sys and nvlddmkm.sys reported in BluScrnVw), but I never actually saw the BSOD screen. It usually involved involved blank screens, distorted images like the video cable was improperly inserted, but it was restricted to individual graphic elements like a Start tile or the cursor.
  • Without the NVIDIA drivers installed, all works well with no hangs. Even games like MW3 run no problem, no stuttering. However, at random times the screen will go blank for a minute or two. Then it will suddenly come back, usually accompanied by a notification of some sort. For example, when installing the W8 Twitter app, screen went blank. When it had completed and the notification sounded, screen came back.
  • GPU and CPU temps are within limits
  • All power cables and everything were checked to be properly inserted (internally and externally).
  • During installation of the drivers, often screen would go blank. I'd restart the PC, and sometimes encounter problems such as boot file damaged or missing, repair Windows.
  • Performed an sfc /scannow recently and it found some errors and fixed them. ATM, no NVIDIA drivers installed and PC works fine except for the random blank screens.

So what do you think it could be???
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post #2 of 4
Have a look here. It seems there's an unusually high number of people with stability issues with the latest 320.18 drivers. Just roll back to the 314.22 set and it should take care of the issues you're having. thumb.gif

Here's a link to the download:

http://www.geforce.com/drivers/results/59641
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Tried installing the drivers..screen went blank and computer is very unresponsive. Only the cursor can be seen, which if I move takes like 5 seconds to respond.

Additionally, it BSODed and restarted it self. The BSOD is due to the same three drivers listed above -_- hmmsmiley02.gif
Edited by RUGRLN - 6/13/13 at 10:38am
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UPDATE

  • Formatted HDD, and installed Windows 7. Proceeded to install 314.22 drivers and had the exact same crash and BSOD in Windows 7.
  • At this point, I figure it's possibly failing HW, but also could be these drivers are really faulty. I even tried 310.XX drivers and had the exact same crash.
  • I then try the 306.97 drivers, and to my relief, they install perfectly with no qualms. Windows 7 works perfectly fine!
  • I install Windows 8 on a partition and install the very same drivers, and YES, Windows 8 works perfectly fine now! No crashes! biggrin.gif
  • It is worth noting, however, that I have some random episodes of screen blanking as described earlier. The only difference is they last for a very short period of time, not enough to cause a major disruption to your work. I'd estimate roughly 10s on average.
  • UPDATE: The black screen just happened again, this time in Desktop mode, where the notification came up of the NVIDIA display driver failing, and not responding. :/

Edited by RUGRLN - 6/14/13 at 10:49am
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