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Enabling SLI (2x 9600GT on a EVGA NF44 SLI)

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Hey, I got a EVGA NF44 SLI motherboard and I've been trying to install this second 9600GT in it to SLI the two. I've changed the jumpers to enable SLI and I put the bridge in. For some reason I get a wailing compacitor syndrom thingy on the new card and the screen blanks out when I go into windows. Right now I'm running just the 1 card.

How would I get this to work? Is the new card faukty? I'm going to uninstall overclocking tools and drivers and do a cleaner and retry everything. What do you guys think?

EDIT:
ahhhhh, now I'm getting problems when ever I start up. In safe mode, if I reinstall the drivers, I'm able to load back into windows normally. Get into windows, asks me to enable SLI, did it, and it works fine. Do a restart 10 hours later and it goes to a blue screen , again saying there is a problem with nvidia_disp driver.

This time, it did it again, reinstall drivers in safe mode, and boom, this time it asked me to restart after I enabled SLI. Did it, another blue screen. Could this just be the 180.**** driver problems? Any better drivers to use other than the new ones?

EDIT:
Alright, well, it seems like it just has to be a driver problem or it has to do with this motherboard.

Both cards work fine when they are by them selves and they boot up and no problem exists. The problem only happens when SLI is enabled, or it works and then once there is a restart the PC, again, goes to a blue screen complainning about the nvd_disp driver. I reinstall the driver, boot up, works fine. Enable SLI, goes poop. Sometimes it lets me go through, sometimes it doesn't and blanks out and eventually blue screens.

Here are some things I'm thinking:
- It can't really be the power supply. It is not overheating or making any funny smells. There should be enough amps, etc to run it.
- The standard overclock works fine and has been plently of stress tests. The mixing of the ram is completely stable and worked fine with the single card (and still does).
- The sound card is removed along with its drivers. It was an old cheap dell mock of Sound Blaster and that is all cleaned up. However, my onboard soundcard doesn't work (I only use USB headsets now )
- All the jumpers to enable SLI, by my knowledge, have been switched to the proper place. The SLI light is on and it SLI has worked already, but after a restart it crashes.
- Tried older drivers and newer drivers, didn't make a difference.
- Could it be my outdated hardware? Even EVGA doesn't support this board or give any bios updates. Could I just need a new upgrade to get to a tech that recongize the parts properly? I'm thinking of just getting a new motherboard, CPU, and ram and link it up with SLI? I have a bunch of money left over from my overseas trips and hopefully that would cover for the upgrades.

Anyways, what do you guys think?

(Currently running through a single card....)
Edited by Domino - 12/29/08 at 2:32pm
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When you put your other card in and put the bridge on, did you at least get the found new hardware message?

When I installed mine, it gave me that message and then I went into the nvidia settings and enabled sli and everything booted up then.
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When you put your other card in and put the bridge on, did you at least get the found new hardware message?

When I installed mine, it gave me that message and then I went into the nvidia settings and enabled sli and everything booted up then.
Well, it said it had problems with it and my entire nvidia control panel turned off
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Try the other card by itself. If it works uninstall the drivers from your computer and run Driver Cleaner Pro to remove the other drivers. Put the the other back in and put the sli bridge on. See if you can get to windows and reinstall the drivers.
    
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^ Yeah I would definitely check to see if both cards work on their own. You may have a bunk card.....

edit.....

I know this may sound stupid, but are you sure your bridge is on securely, etc...?
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Thanks for the help guys, it seems once everything was removed (overclocking profiles, drivers, etc and did a clean install of them after), it seems to work fine now. Thx for the help, awesome Christmas 1920x1200 all games high and playable

Merry Christmas
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Congrats bro.
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ahhhhh, now I'm getting problems when ever I start up. In safe mode, if I reinstall the drivers, I'm able to load back into windows normally. Get into windows, asks me to enable SLI, did it, and it works fine. Do a restart 10 hours later and it goes to a blue screen , again saying there is a problem with nvidia_disp driver.

This time, it did it again, reinstall drivers in safe mode, and boom, this time it asked me to restart after I enabled SLI. Did it, another blue screen. Could this just be the 180.**** driver problems? Any better drivers to use other than the new ones?
post #9 of 43
I have heard of the same problem that you are having. Sound cards have issues with nvidia chipsets when running sli. Take out the sound card and see what happens.
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I have heard of the same problem that you are having. Sound cards have issues with nvidia chipsets when running sli. Take out the sound card and see what happens.
Ahhh, I did take out the sound card but didn't uninstall the drivers. Alright, I'll give that a shot, thx man xD

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