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Windows 7: Updated GTX260 GPU drivers - 2 days of BSOD!

20 Dec 2010   #1

Windows Home Premium 64bit
Updated GTX260 GPU drivers - 2 days of BSOD!

Hi all,

I come with my tail between my legs and a begging bowl for advice...and old story on i'm sure I have tried everything I can think of and have followed every bit of advice I could find. Here's the story...

I have a home build PC: Asus P6T2 Deluxe V2, 12GB (6x2) identical DDR3, i7 920, 650W PSU, GTX 260 Gainward GS GPU (896MB) in a CM sniper case, Corsair H70 water cooled. It has been running like a dream for 12 months now with only 1 BSOD when establishing a safe & stable OC at 3.6 Ghz with super cool temps all round - the BSOD came after 10 hours running Prime95 @ 4.0 Ghz, so I resorted back to a safe OC.

2 days ago I updated my GTX 260 GPU drivers, from the official NVidia homepage...and all went well, until 4 hours later the PC just crashed to black, no warnings, no BSOD, nothing. It just crashed on it's ar$e and tried to reboot and ever since then it was thrown up a BSOD every single time I try to reboot. Even in safe mode. (for some reason, about 139 reboots ago it did manage to boot up the OS into safe mode, whereby I attempted to uninstall the NVidia display drivers using Add/Remove program crashed to BSOD when it started the process!)

I have tried system restore, repairing, memory tests, all attempts at safe mode booting are failing too. They all fail just after the log in screen. The Windows 7 log in screen loads up fine and I put in my password hit enter then after a varying amount of time (5-60 seconds) the BSOD happens. 1 in every 20 attempts I can see my desktop icons loading before it crashes.

I have had a variety of codes including 0x000000A, 0x000000Ex, 0x0000007x, 0x0000001E and the line 'IRQL_not_less_or_equal...'. I read up on this, but I can't seem to action anything as I can't even get the OS to boot and stay up long enough.

I have updated the BIOS to the latest ASUS release to no effect and everything is set to default. I am at the end of my tether since I use this PC for my work as a photographer, my images are all safe on other drives but all the software I need to edit is on there!

Can anyone offer me any advice? (I don't have a spare graphics card to swap out unfortunately). Thanks in advance


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20 Dec 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

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20 Dec 2010   #3

Windows Home Premium 64bit

]Thanks Tews - it took another few reboots but eventually managed to get in to safe mode without it crashing. I tried the perfmon / report to generate a system health report but every time I attempted this a dialogue box pops up with 'The Parameter is incorrect' and closes.

I did manage to generate the dump files, attached. I really appreciate yourself, or anyone else taking the time to help out.

Just to add - it's a Full retail 64bit Windows 7 Home premium, fresh install >12 months ago when the PC was put together.
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20 Dec 2010   #4

Windows Home Premium 64bit

Does anyone have any suggestions please, I know it's only been a couple of hours, but i'm pretty desperate!

I managed to boot into Safe Mode once and removed the main display driver, and usinf MS config I have limited the startup programs to an absolute minimum of just a couple and I have removed all other old software or recently installed software. However I am still unable to boot in the main OS at all and only very infrequently into safe mode - I am now getting error codes: 0X000000A, 0X0000003B & ...1E when trying to boot into anything.

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated

Addition: I just booted into Safe Mode with Command prompt and ran a Chkdsk on c:/ and halfway through the check it crashed to BSOD with error 0X000000D1 A second attempt completed successfully.

Holy cow - how many error codes can this this generate?! I am completely at a loss on how to move forward. I have not had 1 issue with this machine since I built it...and now this!

OK - it just booted into windows normally and for the first time in 100 reboots it managed to almost finish loading the system tray icons before in crashed to code 0X0000003B.
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20 Dec 2010   #5

Windows Home Premium 64bit

ran the .dmp files through MS diagnosis SW and have discovered that ntkrnlmp.exe appears to be a culprit...just trying to work out my next move...
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20 Dec 2010   #6

Windows Home Premium 64bit

Blimey...I am literally over come with the level of assistance!

Never mind, i'm having to reformat a drive and install a fresh copy of Windows 7. I tried uninstalling anti-virus and firewall programs, all the usual mem tests and HD tests, restore, repair, updating the Bios, chipset and GPU drivers all to no avail. Unfortunately I simply don't have the time to find the solution to this mess as I need Lightroom working tonight.

This is the first time i've been completely stumped with windows and it has left a bad taste in my mouth. Time for an Apple, perhaps...?
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