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Vista Display Driver for 9600 GT

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Ok..

Just picked up a BFG 9600GT. Installed it and noticed some problems running any 3dmark program or when I tried to update my Vista index score.

It would start to load the first benchmark demo then screen would flicker on/off/on and I got a message like, "Display driver stopped functioning, but now has been restored" or something to that effect, stopping the benchmark dead.

So I'm like hmm... tried couple different driver versions, no change. So I thought maybe my overclock on my ram or CPU is affecting it some how.

So I lowered my FSB to like 300 (E6400 @ 2.3Ghz) and the test ran fine.

I had my computer open, and for the helluva it I felt my NB heatsink, it was to hot to hold my finger on for any length of time. (This was during or right after I still had my high OC)

So I'm deducing that my NB is getting really hot, making my system a tad unstable... I've felt my NB before, and it never was that hot.

What do you guys think, am I way off base? I know my motherboard isn't fancy, so I do expect some hiccups when OC. But Before I installed this videocard I had little to no problems taking my E6400 to 3Ghz on stock air (exception of thermal paste, use arcticsilver ftw)



~R
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Trying to find the right Nvidia driver for your particular system can be a challenge lately. In my case the current "offical" Nvidia driver is 169.25WHQL. I had been using 169.32 WHQL (eVGA "official" driver). The 173 and 174's can vary be your setup, I read some have temp issues. I've settled on 173.65.
Check this site, it shows most of the releases and users post issues they have. It's mainly for laptops but they use most available drivers and post mods so they can use them. Hope this might shed some light.

http://www.laptopvideo2go.com/forum/...p?showforum=89

Seperate source I check:

http://www.station-drivers.com/page/...0forceware.htm
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I think I've tried every driver thats out at the moment heh.

I haven't really had any problems with my northbridge, should it be too hot to touch?

The card works fine when my CPU is very slightly overclocked, if I go to a moderate or high overclock on the CPU, display drivers become completely unstable. Strange eh?

I can't seem to figure out a solution yet... Other then upgrade my motherboard, while it isn't a bad one, I've been pretty happy with it, I'd just like some more control and an nvidia chipset.

In the meantime, I need to figure out why my NB is getting toasty and causing my display drivers to fail when I go for a moderate to higher CPU overclock. The heatsink looks pretty decent, doesn't seem to be loose, and I can't see any gaps. I wonder if I could remove it and apply some arctic silver then reattach it. Not sure if I can do that yet.
About to go to sleep here soon so I don't have time tonight to look. Oh well...


~R
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ya i have the same problems.... and when i set the prerender limit to 0 my whole pc freezes...
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Phenom II x4 955 BE @ 4.0 GHZ [1.425v] [Stable] Gigabyte GA-870A-USB3 Evga Gtx-260 Core 216 896 MB [725/1475/2400] G-Skill Ripjaws Series DDR3-1333 8GB [2x4GB] 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Seagate 500GB Sata [7200 RPM] Lite On CD/DVD BURNER [Sata] Windows 7 Ultimate [64-Bit] Emachine 19" Widescreen HD [1440x900] 
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NZXT 800 Watts [Sli Ready] Cooler Master Elite 430 
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