I did search the forum and found a couple of people with this problem but no one had a "fix" to it as this error seems to be tricky. I have been reading a lot on the nVidia forums and this error is a plague it seems that can come and go for users, everything from brand new custom built machines to premades. The reason I wanted to post this here is because I wanted others to see what I have done to try and resolve the problem, of which I am still working on as well I am going to provide some links to the nVidia site with lots of info on this problem for future use if people use the search function. GeForce Driver Installation Guide - NVIDIA Forums
How to remove and do a clean install of nVidia drivers The nvlddmkm error - What is it? - NVIDIA Forums
This thread here has TONS of information as well as suggestions to fixing this problem.
And here is a summary of what I have found/done and still am working on to fix my problem. *Note* my problem only happens when I am running Photoshop from CS3, my usual background programs are running as well, iTunes, Firefox and Windows Live Mail.
Ok recently, within the past two weeks my display driver will crash and then recover. This usually only happens when I am running Photoshop along with my usual other programs, iTunes, firefox and my windows live mail. Again this has been only in the past two weeks this has happened, I have updated to the latest driver, version 22.214.171.12499, dated 10/16/2010. I am running dual monitors, both Samsung 2333SW with the most current driver for them unfortunately it's dated 2008. My PC specs are as follows;
Intel i5 Quad 2.8Ghz - Stock speeds/timings
8Gigs A-Data Gaming series DDR3 1600 - currently running at 1333 speed/timings
MSI P55A-GD65 Motherboard
GTX275OC by BFG 896Megs Ram - Stock factory settings other than fan speed boost to 65% with riva tuner
Corsair TX850 850watt PSU
Dual Samsung DvDRW drives
Dual Samsung 2333SW Monitors (1920x1080 resolution)
Antec 900 V1 case with additional side mounted fan
All settings within the Nvidia control panel are set to Mid Range for a mix of performance and quality. The cooling of my case is very good, as my GPU idle temp as I type this is 44C. I have monitored my GPU during Photoshop and Gaming of which it goes up to the 67C range but nothing usually above that unless I am in a long 2+ hour gaming session.
The error showing in Event Viewer is Event ID 4101, Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has successfully recovered. After reviewing the log and filtering the problem seems to have started on 11/08/2010.
I have since this initial post, done a clean removal (via this sites instructions) and reinstallation of the driver, that had no effect. I have also removed and let windows install an audio driver for my Realtek audio component as I found a few others had the same issue and that was causing it and so far so good, no display driver resets with the same project I was working on earlier tonight in Photoshop.
Edit - Forgot, I reset my bios as well, I will run memtest to be safe, but this build is less than 3months old and this is the first encounter with this issue. Windows 7 Ult 64 bit, and this card has been in this build and a previous one, with a Q6600 and never had this issue.
Seems I spoke too soon, I will run memtest to be safe but it was ran 3months ago with a 10 hour session showing no faults.
So just to update, ran memtest for a good 5 hours, and 0 failures. Upon looking at my system restore points around the date of the first occurrence, here is a list of the programs/drivers that were changed.
Adobe flash player 10 plugin 10.1.85.3
Apple Application Support 1.3.2
Apple Mobile Device Support 126.96.36.199
Nvidia Display Control Panel 188.8.131.5296
Nvidia Drivers 184.108.40.206
Nvidia PhysX 9.1.10.0224
Nvidia Stereoscopic 3D Driver 220.127.116.1196
Realtek High Definition Audio Driver 18.104.22.16851
Security Update for 2007 MS Office System
Update for Outlook 2007 Junk Email Filter
World of warcraft 22.214.171.12405
Apple (net) 03/16/2010 126.96.36.199
Apple Inc. (usb) 07/26/2010 6.0.9999.50
Nvidia Display 07/09/2010 188.8.131.5296
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. (media) 07/06/2010 184.108.40.20651
Since this problem only occurs when I have photoshop and a few other programs open, which is not really taxing any part of my system I "think" the solution is here. I am going to do a rollback to this date and then see if the problem is gone and make sure I am very watchful of what gets installed via windows updates.
At this point I have done the rollback and it's not easy to see a clear reason or culprit in what could be causing my issue. However I am going to be testing and monitoring what I update from the above list and see if I can narrow it down.