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Windows 7: Games keep crashing to desktop without any error messages


03 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional N x64
 
 
Games keep crashing to desktop without any error messages

Hey guys,
I just purchased and built my own rig for the first time, and after solving a few driver related issues, I still have a problem while playing games.

Here's a quick overview of my spec:
OS: Windows 7 Pro N x64
CPU: Intel Xeon E3-1230 @3.3Ghz, 3303 Mhz
MB: Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H
RAM: 16GB
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 770 TwinFrozr
PS: 750W Fatality

Whenever I play (DotA2, Witcher2, Borderlands2, Trackmania2etc) , the game randomly crashes and I'm instantly on my desktop, as if I am closing it with Alt+f4 or something. No error messages, no stuttering or any other indicator beforehand. I also kept MSI Afterburner running, but it didn't show any abnormalities.
I had some issues with my GTX before including black screens, but with the recent drivers (326.80 beta) at least it doesn't crash while browsing/desktop anymore.

Since I get no errors whatsoever, I don't have the necesseray know-how to solve this anymore, neither to provide you any additional information. I really hope someone can help me out. If you need any more data from my side, I will answer as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance

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03 Sep 2013   #2

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64
 
 

First off I'd try a clean install of 320.49 drivers.
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04 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional N x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
First off I'd try a clean install of 320.49 drivers.
Had those initially anyways, but tried it today and Dota2 still crashed like it did with the other drivers. Even Steam recently closes itself with no apparent reason together with Dota2, the icon remaining in the tray until I mouseover it.
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04 Sep 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Is there anything showing in the event logs around the times the crashes are happening?
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04 Sep 2013   #5

Windows 7 Professional N x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Apprentrice5 View Post
Is there anything showing in the event logs around the times the crashes are happening?
Just played until it happened again (about 20min into the game), since I got the older driver again it freezes (2 times so far) instead of closing instantly. Had to end the process with the in task manager to close it.

Yet I didn't find anything at that time in the event viewer (looked for every type).
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04 Sep 2013   #6

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Games patched all the way through I imagine?

How are you updating your drivers? are you also updating the AUDIO driver?
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04 Sep 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional N x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
Games patched all the way through I imagine?

How are you updating your drivers? are you also updating the AUDIO driver?
I updated the Nvidia drivers with the "clean install" checked. Yes, I updated all but GeForce Experience, incl audio.
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06 Sep 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional N x64
 
 

This is getting really frustrating. I just had 4 crashes in about 1h of DotA2.
Is there any troubleshooting I can do to find the cause of the crashes?
I am already watching the GPU via MSI Afterburner, but it only said I had 62 GPU Temp max. and 98% GPU usage max.
Is there anything else I can do on my side?
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06 Sep 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

Might be a hardware issue. A GTX 770 shouldn't be having any trouble running those games even at maxed settings.

You might also try completely downloading a fresh copy of your GPU and Audio drivers, uninstalling your drivers, running a registry cleaner like CCleaner http://www.downloadinfo.co/review/cc...&ts=1378492779 and then reinstalling the drivers from scratch.

I had to do this a while back when my GPU drivers started acting up. Something got corrupted and simply updating or reinstalling without a complete uninstall and registry cleaning didn't help. Once I completely ripped them out and replaced them with a fresh install, everything worked again.

If that doesn't work try benchmarking the card and running a stress test. Even if the above works, I recommend having it for future use. Run it and seeing how things go. If it behaves like it does running the games, you've probably got an issue with the GPU and may need to replace it. Run Furmark and see how it goes. It's a free program. Here's a link to it: FurMark: VGA Stress Test, Graphics Card and GPU Stability Test, Burn-in Test, OpenGL Benchmark and GPU Temperature | oZone3D.Net

Just a warning, don't run stress test or benchmarking programs on a regular basis. They are designed to push your card and run it hard. Occasionally doing so for troubleshooting or just gauging your capabilities won't hurt anything, but running them on a regular basis will burn out your card eventually.

If nothing else the results may help troubleshoot the source of the problem if it's related to the GPU. If you're still having issues I'd suggest trying another GPU. If you've got a friend who will loan you one to test or if you've got an older one that you replaced stored somewhere. You might have a bad card. I had one die on me and it had pretty much the same symptoms at first. It ran most applications fine, but tended to crash if I ran anything intensive, such as games like the ones you list. It got worse and worse and I eventually had to replace the card.

Good luck with your problem. I do hope all you need is a clean reinstall of your drivers and that it's not a hardware issue. On the plus side, if it is a hardware issue a 770 should still be under manufacturer's warranty so you should be able to get it repaired or replaced at no more than the cost of shipping at most.
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07 Sep 2013   #10

32bit
 
 

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