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I was using evga precision, and enabled k boost to see what would happen. Immediately my computer displayed a monotone orange screen, I had to hard restart.

Upon loading into windows 10, evga precision loads up on start, and apparently K-boost is still on in precision, so it gives me yet another colored screen where I cant do anything.

I tried going into safe mode to delete the EVGA folder from program files x86, but when I try to delete the folder it says that the folder is in use by some other application and it cannot be deleted. I used cntrl alt delete to look for EVGA, but cant find anything associated with it under startup or details.

I also tried going into the command prompt to remove the EVGA folder, but cmd says it cant find path to the folder for the directory specified.


Is there any way to get rid of evga short of reinstalling windows?
post #2 of 9

Yeah, this is a driver problem with NVIDIA. The last known driver to be compatible with K-BOOST is 376.33, which I am actually using for this exact reason. So, I recommend you find a way to switch to driver version 376.33 or earlier so that you can disable K-BOOST.

 

K-BOOST is also completely independent. It doesn't require EVGA Precision to be running in order to stay enabled. So, you could even enable K-BOOST and then uninstall EVGA Precision and K-BOOST will still be working. I don't know any more than this, such as why this is possible.

 

I also recommend that you don't attempt to delete things in Safe Mode in order to see if you can fix this because of the fact that you could uninstall EVGA Precision and K-BOOST will still be enabled (you should have tried to uninstall EVGA Precision, not delete any folders or files - that was just risky). I don't know how it works or what is making it continue to work even after Precision is completely removed from the system. Perhaps it's something being done at the driver level. So y'know what, perhaps the solution is to just uninstall your current NVIDIA display driver and then reinstall it. You shouldn't need to do anything other than a simple uninstall and reinstall of it. I mean, you shouldn't need to use DDU or anything like that. If that fails, then you should try driver version 376.33 or even an older one if you want. As long as it's not newer than 376.33.


Edited by TwoCables - 8/29/17 at 3:25am
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post #3 of 9
if your in safe mode then you shoudl be able to access control panel >add/remove programs, and uninstall evga precision chances are you wil lthen need to reinstall it and then disable kboost

just deleting the folder likely wont fix the problem because of a change in the registry file for the "switch"


before you go through h all that when your in safe mode try running precision and unchecking the kboost option

if all else fails you will need to perform a refresh and start again (I hope you have backups for anything you don't want to loose:o)
post #4 of 9

But again, this is just a compatibility issue with the driver. K-BOOST hasn't been compatible with any NVIDIA driver since 378.49. That's where it began. The last compatible driver is 376.33. So he should either uninstall the driver and then reinstall it (this might get rid of K-BOOST), or he should uninstall it and install 376.33 so that he can freely toggle K-BOOST on and off with no problems.

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yes but the kboost setting is a registry switch, swapping drivers without it changed will cause the same problem to happen again, kboost must be switched off during driver changes or its a full reinstall only.

the reason he should be able to open precision in safe mode is that unless he changed his settings then safe mode boots with the windows default vga driver and doesn't use the NVidia driver

this should let him get away without needing ot totally reinstall his pc, if he just deletes the evga folder he will then have to reinstall precision and then toggle k boost off before he gets rid of the problem in hand

no matter what he wants to do he's got to turn k mode off if he doesn't want to "format :c\" and start again
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yes but the kboost setting is a registry switch, swapping drivers without it changed will cause the same problem to happen again, kboost must be switched off during driver changes or its a full reinstall only.

the reason he should be able to open precision in safe mode is that unless he changed his settings then safe mode boots with the windows default vga driver and doesn't use the NVidia driver

this should let him get away without needing ot totally reinstall his pc, if he just deletes the evga folder he will then have to reinstall precision and then toggle k boost off before he gets rid of the problem in hand

no matter what he wants to do he's got to turn k mode off if he doesn't want to "format :c\" and start again

 

Do you know what is changed in the Registry then? If so, then tell him so that all he has to do is undo the change in the Registry. That would certainly be far easier than anything else.

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post #7 of 9
if I did I would of put the instructions in the post, i'm not one to withhold information for the sake of it /

from memory there were several things it changed but I have had an NVidia card since the gtx 570 in my personal machine (too expensive when I was needing to replace one)


I've had to fix a few pc's over the years though with them in and my half brother is the kind of person that emits a "your broken" field every time he goes near any piece of tech that somehow doesn't fit his idea of what it should look like or do.... so our mother knowing my skills gets me to fix things for him and half her street ..... god I am so glad none of them will let a guy in a wheelchair touch their stuff (its about the only good thing that happened since I started needing one) hovering out years worth of dust and fixing whatever thing the snot faced brat did to his dads computer was never fun....
post #8 of 9
I found a simple way to restore it all back to normal. Cannot uninstall in safemode, so i removed my graphics card, and started up normally with onboard graphics.
Once booted, i uninstalled evga precision and nvidia drivers.
Shutdown, put graphics card back in, boot normally.
You should then be able to reinstall preferred drivers etc.
post #9 of 9
If it's a registry switch why can't you simply go in safe mode and disable it via the registry from there? And if it's a "hidden" registry menu, there are ways to unlock those also (by running an elevated regedit, there's a program you can download to do that).
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