Hey guys, I'm new here. Just built my second PC ever, and the first one I did was 7 years ago, so bare with me.
My graphics card or something is crashing, and I can't figure out what's wrong. Basically, what's happening is my computer will freeze for a second, the monitor goes black for a few seconds, then everything returns to normal and I get this message in the bottom right corner:
stopped responding and has recovered.
Display drive NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version XXX.XX stopped responding and has succesfully recovered."
(the x's are whatever driver I'm running at the time)
I started with 190.38, but have tried 190.56, 186.16 185.15, and maybe another, and am currently running 186.16.
Earlier today it was crashing about every 30-45 seconds. I figured out if I ran a non-custom or non aero-theme, specifically the high contrast white theme, it prevents the video card from crashing. But as soon as I switch back to more complex theme, it starts crashing again.
Throughout the day I was trying to install different drivers
without removing the old ones by just running the .exe driver file. (guess that's not the right way to do it i've come to learn) Then new problems came up, I was getting a RunDLL error:
"Error in NVCPL.DLL
Missing entry: NvStartupFirstRunAfterInstUserAccount"
and my color would become extra vibrant in a bad way. sometimes it would be fine until i rebooted, and then it would be bad again. anyway, one of my buddies came by and stripped all the video drivers from everything, and reloaded 186.16, and all seemed well. now it's crashing again. this time, not so often, but it's still happening.
I am not doing anything crazy or anything either. Just moving around files, browsing the internet, learning the new windows, etc. No gaming or anything like that.
I'm running Windows 7 x64 7600 RTM
EVGA/Nvidia GeForce GTS 250 Superclocked Edition
Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Intel Core i7 920
6gb DDR3 Corsair RAM
Also, maybe once every 5 boots, the mouse/cursor freezes for a good 5 seconds at a time about every 20 seconds...
So I'm not sure what to do. Everytime I feel like it's finally fixed, like maybe it'll run fine for 30 mins, it starts crashing out of nowhere... I guess I won't really ask a specific question, basically just asking for help, I'll take whatever I can get!
thanks in advance guys, really appreciate it.