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**HELP** Constant artifacts followed by a driver crash, sometimes followed by BSOD

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For a few weeks now, I've been having this issue. I don't know if it's my card, it's a replacement. Here's some more details...

Artifacts. The artifacts are ALWAYS in a grid-like pattern. They are "perfectly" lined up with each other, and it has never been odd triangles or other weird shapes. Normally this happens during GTA4, BF3, etc, but it's started happening pretty often on YouTube. Often when YouTube has issues (or any videos online, flash has crashed once or twice), the video will go green but still have audio (not the computer display, the actual video). There will be a black screen immediately after artifacts (whether it be YouTube or games, artifacts ALWAYS lead to this), and I will be sent to desktop with a popup @ bottom right saying "Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version xxx.xx stopped responding and has successfully recovered." Sometimes I can get back into the game after this, often with a LOT of odd-shaped (no perfection like mentioned previously), flashing artifacts - which are bearable, but I prefer saving and restarting. Normally the game would crash - BF3 always crashes after this, but GTA4 is the one that leaves me with the ability to play.

BSOD. I have gotten two different BSOD codes so far. One was 116, which was occuring the most at first, then it was C4, which has just started. The first was said to be associated with display drivers. Now, since I have just went down to 310.90, it seems that it "changed" to C4, but since BSODs are much less common for me, I really couldn't say whether it was from a driver change or just coincidence. This DOES occur following artifacts - there will be artifacts, screen will freeze up, black screen (monitor receiving input), and BSOD.

Black Screen Requiring Restart. Sometimes there will be a black screen which requires a restart. The monitor goes ASLEEP with this issue, meaning it is receiving no input. I can't confirm, but CTRL+ALT+Delete may turn display on again, but I can't remember nor truly confirm if this worked last time as this, too, is uncommon, although more common than the BSOD. This DOES occur following artifacts and essentially in the same way listed above, except not only does it go to black, but the screen falls asleep.

My friend is also having this issue. In a conversation with me, he confirmed to me that one of the BSODs he got (he couldn't read any others) had the 116 error code. He thinks it's his PSU because he has a poor quality one, but I doubt it because mine is relatively high quality. I'm guessing it's the video card, but there is a possibility it's the motherboard or CPU.

A bit of background on my CPU: I had it overclocked @ 4.7GHz (stable) 1.42v (my motherboard usually only gave it 1.38 under most gaming circumstances), and I just reset to ensure that it was not the reason.

I haven't any real tests as I do not have the ability to swap parts. Any help would really be appreciated, as this issue is VERY annoying.
post #2 of 6
You say your CPU is stable but are you sure about that? Do you still get thees issues if you drop back to stock speeds?

It would also help to know the complete specs of your system.
    
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i7 920 OC 4.0 GHz 1.35v HT on Asus P6T 1366 SLI Gigabyte GTX 970 OCZ 12GB DDR3 GOLD/Platinum mix 
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Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB Western digital 300GB Western digital Caviar Blue 1TB Samsung 840 EVO 250Gb 
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generic LG DVD WC'd , Supreme LT, NexXxoS Xtreme III 360, Phob... Windows 7 x64 Samsung 27" LED S27A550B 
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ACER 23" x233H Dell U3415W Logitech G11 Chieftec 850W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks enthoo luxe Razer deathAdder respawn steelseries Qck Yamaha HTR-6130 AV Receiver 
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Yamaha NS-50B floor tower speakers miditech Audiolink II stereo sound card 
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i7 920 OC 4.0 GHz 1.35v HT on Asus P6T 1366 SLI Gigabyte GTX 970 OCZ 12GB DDR3 GOLD/Platinum mix 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB Western digital 300GB Western digital Caviar Blue 1TB Samsung 840 EVO 250Gb 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
generic LG DVD WC'd , Supreme LT, NexXxoS Xtreme III 360, Phob... Windows 7 x64 Samsung 27" LED S27A550B 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ACER 23" x233H Dell U3415W Logitech G11 Chieftec 850W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks enthoo luxe Razer deathAdder respawn steelseries Qck Yamaha HTR-6130 AV Receiver 
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Yamaha NS-50B floor tower speakers miditech Audiolink II stereo sound card 
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post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
I reset clocks to default and all motherboard settings as well.

Specs:
Antec 1200
EVGA GTX 560 Ti
Asus P8P67 B3
Corsair 850w PSU
Corsair H80
Corsair Force GT 240GB SSD
G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB (2x4GB) 1333 MHz RAM
Intel Core i7-2600k @ stock
Asus VW246H (monitor)

I'm currently running 310.90 from NVIDIA. It does this with ANY driver though, I've tested countless drivers. The one thing I haven't tried yet is putting it in safe mode when uninstalling drivers, which may have been smart to do the first time. I might try that if you think it will make a difference.
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I always had this problem, updated the driver and decided to try to update the driver
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Samsung MTEK Rt-313 
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I5 4690k Z97 Gaming 5 GTX 970 Kingston HyperX® Red 
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Kingston HyperX® Red  H80i Custom Windows 7 Samsung SyncMaster T22A300 
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MTEK RT-313 Case mod Razer Goliathus 
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post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Still having problem. Definitely hardware, it happened a few times when I booted.
This was taken as soon as I hit the power button.

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I can also confirm that this happens with MSI Kombustor; the problem IS currently reproducible. I'm going to run some tests in another system, will keep you updated.
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
-Update-

Completely upgraded my system, but for those of you having this issue, contact EVGA. They will RMA your card for you (as long as it's within warranty)if you send them an email or call them. The issue was that the VRAM was going bad.
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