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Specs: eVGA GTX 460 1 GB model, never been BIOS-flashed. (Video BIOS revision reported as 70.04.13.00.74) (Update: See below for note regarding newly flashed BIOS)

Driver: 266.58 WHQL on Vista x64.

Had entered the nVidia control panel, faffed about for a bit, then decided to look for an Asus monitor driver. Abruptly, while looking at the website in Waterfox, the screen went white, and a ctrl-alt-delete did nothing. I ended up hard-resetting.

What *may* have been a factor is that just prior, I had installed the detected security update to the VC++ 2010 redistributable, but did not reboot as is usually my practice after any Windows Update.

Upon successful recovery, Vista informed me that it recovered from an error, and pointed to the graphics driver abruptly not working as the cause.

Has anyone else had this issue?
Edited by Quantum Reality - 4/22/11 at 1:05am
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Srsly not impressed by the drivers at this point. They crashed Unigine in the middle of the benchmark.
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I would recommend trying 270.51 beta as its been working quite well for myself and others, Take a look at my sig for a comparison between the one you are currently using and a few others.
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The Unigine problem is reproducible. At some point the benchmarker hard-locks (black screens) and I have to alt-tab out and kill Unigine manually.

It's been suggested I bake the card, but I thought all the solder problems were resolved already. There is a newer BIOS available for this card, if memory serves. I will try the BIOS flash soon.

EDIT:

I downloaded what looks to have been the right BIOS for the part number of my eVGA card. I'm not sure if I was supposed to run update.exe under windows or in a safe mode prompt, but I ran the thing under Windows and... I dunno. I think the BIOS revision changed, but I can't be sure.

EDIT 2: The display black-screened when I was in the web browser looking at eVGA's site for the BIOS update, by the way.
Edited by Quantum Reality - 4/17/11 at 7:46pm
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This is getting frustrating. I uninstalled the old drivers in safe mode, then installed the new 270.15 beta drivers. And I'm still getting driver recovery notifications.

EDIT: One thing I am wondering is, if you look at the picture I have of my heatsink and my GPU there's only about 1 cm clearance between the heatsink and the GPU's back. Any chance of transient electric fields being created across the air gap that would look like short-circuits?
Edited by Quantum Reality - 4/17/11 at 8:41pm
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Update:

OCCT GPU 3D for 15 minutes, no problem.

OCCT memory test 10 passes, no problem.

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Wow suprised no one tried to help, judging by the update it seems the issue is resolved. Any ideas as to what it was?
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It wasn't resolved. I tried running Unigine again after I got that benchmark finished and tried another bench at 4xAA.

Sure enough, black screen, lockup, needed to alt-tab.

I've provisionally ruled out heat-related crashing with OCCT. Going to do a 3dmark vantage.
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Corrupted OS install possibly? Or bad instillation of Heaven?
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Have you tried using driver sweeper?
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