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Windows 7: BSOD with proper nVidia drivers on Windows Start-up, nvlddmkm.sys

14 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
BSOD with proper nVidia drivers on Windows Start-up, nvlddmkm.sys

(Diagnostic .zip Report is attached)

I type this from my Windows 64 bit system running the standard VGA driver. I generally am pretty good with troubleshooting in the computer field, but I have now spent over 10 hours on this problem with very little luck, and lots of frustration. I'll try to provide as much information as possible.

The problem started 4 nights ago when I was playing a somewhat-old computer game called Age of Empires 3. The graphics are not overly intense - I had not even maximized settings - but nonetheless my screen began to flicker and I was confronted with a blue screen, informing me that problem was caused by a failure to read nvlddmkm.sys, the nVidia driver file. I still have not figured out why my drivers suddenly crashed, I run a pretty cool system with no overclocking whatsoever. I have not been able to run the drivers since, so I was forced to go in to safe mode, disable the drivers, and boot up in normal with the standard VGA drivers.

So my question - how can I go about fixing this without completely reinstalling Windows. I realize that by now I could have backed up my files, reinstalled, and copied everything over. I've done that two times already in the last 3 months, and I'm really annoyed by the necessity of doing it. What can I do to get my system to properly run the drivers again without reinstalling the operating system?

Information:
- Spacious desktop rig with plenty of cooling, built by myself
- Graphics card remains at a temperature hovering around 65 degrees celsius
- EVGA GeForce GTX 560 TI 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
- Card is in perfect condition, no visible damage on the exterior (nor is it hot to the touch seconds after shutdown)
- I have never ran in to any errors with the card prior (I've only had it for two months)
- I do not overclock
- Motherboard (Supermicro X8SIA-F) does contain onboard VGA
- I am currently running this card rather than onboard VGA, but with VGA drivers
- I run RAID 1, I never have experienced any problems with its status until I started to receive all of these blue screens, now my second hard-drive is running in to issues giving the volume a "degraded" status (when I first experienced the blue screen my volume's condition was fine, as was it when I was first started troubleshooting. This is something new that seems to accommodate my frequent blue screens). This disables some extra functionality, but it is still entirely operable.
- I am unable to perform a system restore due to the lack of recent saves
- Yes, I have researched this problem and tested the methods of others on various help forums, including this very own

What I have tried and what happened:
- Reinstall proper drivers (to no avail)
- Completely wipe nVidia from my system, then try a reinstall (to no avail)
- Run a Windows Update to upgrade the drivers (cannot update)
- Search for drivers in the Device Manager (to no avail)
- Upgrade Windows (literally right after everything finished I was told that my system is illegible for an upgrade, though my system seemed ready according to their tool)
- Repair my drivers via System File Checker (no faults found)
- Expand (via cmd prompt) the nvlddmkm file from the driver installation in to the actual driver manually to ensure that the file is up to date (no change)
- Ensure that I am not running in Aero Mode (apparently this is incompatible without the proper drivers, did not work)
- Completely unplug my system (to no avail)
- Talk very sternly to my system (to no avail, though I do question my sanity more than I should now)

Any ideas? Any and all help is appreciated. My freetime has been swallowed by this dilemma. I will update my post with additional information when appropriate, it is more than likely I have left out or misaddressed some information due to the hastiness in which I wrote this.


Thank you for your time.

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14 Sep 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Fuzzwolf,
Point 1:
Help us to help you by filling in your system specs and here is how:
Update your SevenForums System Specs
User CP (located on the top menu bar) |
Your Profile | Edit System Spec
(left-hand column)

To gather info, use Speccy (my favorite) or SIW or System Info

In the System Manufacturer Block, enter:
Ř Manufacturer and Model OR Custom build.
Ř ADD the word laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet.
For example:
Toshiba Satellite L305D notebook.

Provide full windows version info, for example:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Use the “Other Info” block for Optical Reader,
Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor, etc

Scroll down and click on SAVE CHANGES.

With Speccy, you can select with your mouse/touchpad info from the display
and paste that info into your specs.

SIW is a marvelous program, but the free version does not offer
this capability.

=====================================
======================================
After that is out of the way,
then if you are getting BSODs,
then
Post in the Crash and BSOD forum.

You will be expected to:
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html

Your system specs will travel with you wherever you go on SevenForums.

========================================
thanks,
karl
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Fuzzwolf,
Point 1:
Help us to help you by filling in your system specs and here is how:
Update your SevenForums System Specs
User CP (located on the top menu bar) |
Your Profile | Edit System Spec
(left-hand column)

To gather info, use Speccy (my favorite) or SIW or System Info

In the System Manufacturer Block, enter:
Ř Manufacturer and Model OR Custom build.
Ř ADD the word laptop, desktop, netbook or tablet.
For example:
Toshiba Satellite L305D notebook.

Provide full windows version info, for example:
MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Use the “Other Info” block for Optical Reader,
Mouse, touchpad, wifi adapter, speakers, monitor, etc

Scroll down and click on SAVE CHANGES.

With Speccy, you can select with your mouse/touchpad info from the display
and paste that info into your specs.

SIW is a marvelous program, but the free version does not offer
this capability.

=====================================
======================================
After that is out of the way,
then if you are getting BSODs,
then
Post in the Crash and BSOD forum.

You will be expected to:
http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tructions.html

Your system specs will travel with you wherever you go on SevenForums.

========================================
thanks,
karl
Hello, thanks for the assistance. I've attached the report, but is there any way I can have a moderator move my post to the appropriate category? I do not want to duplicate my post since I am unable to delete it from this section.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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14 Sep 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

First, NEVER backpost.
Always put new info in a new post.

Understandable mistake, You can correct that mistake by putting the zip file in your next post.

Now fill out those specs. Really fill them out. That's why I gave you that procedure so that we can get info that we need.

I'll ask that this thread be moved.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Reattached BSOD crash report .zip to here.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Fuzzwolf:

Now fill out those specs. Really fill them out. That's why I gave you that procedure so that we can get info that we need.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have filled out as much information as I can at the moment, I built this system a few years back so I still am having troubles finding the model numbers of some of the hardware.

I performed a complete wipe of my hard-drive, reset everything to non-RAID as well, and booted up under a fresh installation of Windows. I still cannot run the drivers - does this point towards a faulty graphics card since it doesn't appear to be a software problem in the OS?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2012   #8

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Fuzzwolf,

You have wiped a hard disk clean and installed Win 7 Ultimate.

Is that correct? yes/no

I'm trying to make sure where we are.

What drivers did you try to install?

Is your system functional at this time? Yes/No.

That's three questions. Looking forward to three answers.

karl
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Fuzzwolf,

You have wiped a hard disk clean and installed Win 7 Ultimate.

Is that correct? yes/no

I'm trying to make sure where we are.

What drivers did you try to install?

Is your system functional at this time? Yes/No.

That's three questions. Looking forward to three answers.

karl
1) Yes, I wiped my HD clean and then proceeded to install a new copy of Win 7 Ultimate.

2) I am unable to boot Windows up while I have the proper nVidia drivers enabled for my card. I have tried the drivers on the disc included with the graphics card, an older version of the drivers, and a new version of the same drivers all with the same blue screen.

3) My system is not functional if I attempt start Windows with the nVidia drivers enabled. I must disable them and run the default VGA to get on to Windows.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Sep 2012   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

your 2)
Did you disable the onboard vga before using your add-on card?

If you remove the add-on card, what happens?

Is your add-on card on the MS compatibility list? see: Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs & Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, & Downloads
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