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post #1 of 20
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I have been trying to find a solution to this for days and still no hope...

I custom built my pc 4days ago and it ran fine for a day, i was able to play games like crysis and dawn of war 2 on high no problem. That all changed when i installed new ram, 2X 4GB mushkin DDR3 1333Mhz ram. Now even when im surfing the net or watching youtube, at random times the screen will go black and then come back on again and this message will pop up "Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 266.58 stopped responding and has successfully recovered", now when i try playing crysis or DOW2 the screen will just freeze for small periods at the start and eventually freeze alltogether and i have to restart the PC.

At first i though it was RAM problem so i ran memtest and the result was 9 passes and no fails, i even tried to put the old ram back in (2X2GB Kingston DDR3 1600Mhz) and it's still the same problem.

So then i decided to run furmark and see if it was a GPU problem, i ran the burn in test and at about 6min the screen froze and i had to restart the PC (temp was at 56C) The fan was running fine so no problem there

Now i'm thinking it might be the GPU or the PSU thats causing a fault, can anyone with similar problems or some knowlege of this help me out?

My System Spec
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
  • Intel Core i5-2400 3.10GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor
  • Gigabyte GA-H67MA-D2H Intel H67 (Socket 1155) DDR3 PCI-Express Motherboard
  • MSI GeForce GTX 460 Cyclone OC 1024MB GDDR5 Graphics Card
  • 8GB Mushkin Silverline #996770 (2x4GB) DDR3 1333MHz 9-9-9-24
  • Corsair Builder Series 500CX Power Supply
  • Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
  • 1TB Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 3.5" SATA II Hard Drive
  • Coolermaster Elite 430 Midi Tower with Window
(I have not Overclocked any of this)
post #2 of 20
i assume you have tried a previous driver? countless times i've had to downgrade due to a driver conflict of some sort try filehippo.com if you're having trouble finding an older version.
    
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you say you changed your Ram?

Run Memtest for 5-10 passes (or more, the more the better) and see if you get any errors
post #4 of 20
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yea im using 260.99 right now and its still the same problem, should i try even older versions?
post #5 of 20
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i dont think its the RAM problem because when i put the old RAM back in (which ran fine with my system when i first out it together), the same problem occurs
post #6 of 20
If it's happening in 2d apps too, it's probably not the PSU. Sounds like you might have just gotten a faulty card.

The only time I've had that error with any cards I've owned was shortly before they died altogether.
post #7 of 20
Make sure you don't have any third party GPU gadgets or software running in the background (like GPU-z, Afterburner, etc). If you still get problems and random display recovery issues, you may have a defective GPU.

I got a lot of Nvidia Display Recovery issues on a defective GTX 480 before.
post #8 of 20
That happens when the card is unstable.
Make sure only 1 OCing program is running, don't use nTune.
Rollback the OC, and if not OC'd then it might be faulty. RMA it.
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post #9 of 20
I've got to lean towards the graphics card as well. Have you tried reseating the card, as well as its power connections?

Do you have another graphics card you can install in this machine; or can you install this card into another machine to test?

Alternatively, if you purchased the card locally, you could take it back and exchange it.

I would also suggest that you open the Event Viewer (Control Panel -> Administrative Tools) and see if there are any Critical or Error Events occurring at the same time of your crashes.

On a side note and non-hardware related... Updating the DirectX 9 components within Windows 7 resolved my driver stopped responding errors.

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post #10 of 20
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Thanks for the responses, yea i thought it might be a faulty card. The only reason i thought it might be a PSU fault was that one time when my PC froze and i had to restart, the PC wont turn on, i have a usb device that would light up when there's power going into the PC and the light turned off when i pressed the power on button. i left it alone for about an hour or so and tried it again and it turned on fine. Anyone know what might be causing this or is it a faulty PSU?
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