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Windows 7: Is this a sign of my graphics card failing?

20 Jun 2013   #1
bartrulz

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
Is this a sign of my graphics card failing?

I have absolutely no idea what is wrong with my pc. The main problem first started a couple days ago where my pc hung completely (by that I mean the audio loops and I cannot do anything besides power it off forcefully). I hard booted it back up and and it acted fine until the next day where it did the same thing but, it freed itself however, my screen was black. I hard rebooted and acted fine again. I booted it up for the first time today and about 10 minutes after it had booted it did it again, except I could see (no black screen) and move my mouse and the audio distorted every couple of seconds, however I could not bring up the task manager or anything. I have tested for ram issues and there are none. I did a clean reinstall of my Nvidia drivers and no fix. My windows is up to date. I also checked for viruses with both Norton (uninstalled after checking) and Kaspersky (what i'm now running) which showed no issues. Here are the computer specs:

Intel core i7 3770k
Onboard 7.1 surround
EVGA Nvidia GTX 560ti factory overclocked
Asus P8Z77-V LK Z77 (liquid cooled)
Windows 7 - 64 bit
8gigs DDR3 ram

Anybody have any ideas? My guess is my graphics card is failing but that doesn't explain the audio distortions.

If it helps any, the first time this issue happened I checked the windows event viewer and one of the errors was nvlddmkm could not found (which is a nvidia driver file). This had me think to reinstall the driver, and by reinstall I just ran the most up to date driver installer and checked the clean install box. The error is no longer being shown after doing that but it hasn't fixed the issue.


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20 Jun 2013   #2
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hey bartrulz! Welcome to sevenforums!

Did u get any BSOD? Because, I don't think that this is issue of your graphic card. Also, can you tell how did you uninstall and installed your old Nvidia drivers? did you use driversweeper to removed all the parts of your old driver and then install the new ones?
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20 Jun 2013   #3
bartrulz

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by archer View Post
Hey bartrulz! Welcome to sevenforums!

Did u get any BSOD? Because, I don't think that this is issue of your graphic card. Also, can you tell how did you uninstall and installed your old Nvidia drivers? did you use driversweeper to removed all the parts of your old driver and then install the new ones?
Thanks, glad to be here! I did not BSOD which worries me. I actually did not fully uninstall the drivers. I only ticked the box to do a clean install in the Nvidia driver installer and reinstalled them. I am not familiar with that program.
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20 Jun 2013   #4
archer

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Guru3D - Driver Sweeper

go to the above link. Download driversweeper from there. Steps to use the program are also mentioned. Also, it is good if you did not get BSOD. Remove all the old bits of your old driver and then install the new latest drivers for your card.
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20 Jun 2013   #5
ganjiry

Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Just to add to what Archer said. When installing your new Nvidia driver follow this guide Ultimate 2013 Nvidia Driver Guide by MANIAC-VVV-
there are also a number of people with issue's who have installed Geforce experience with the driver so unless you really want it then i would not install that. DO NOT install the drivers in safe mode.
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20 Jun 2013   #6
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Hi there .... I suppose you have tried the on-board Graphics .... To rule out any other issues you might have
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20 Jun 2013   #7
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

I have a sneaking suspicion. Can you post the name of your PSU? And its specs if possible?
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20 Jun 2013   #8
bartrulz

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
I have a sneaking suspicion. Can you post the name of your PSU? And its specs if possible?
Ill have to crack open my tower and check I honestly don't know anything about it other than the fact that it is 800 watts. However I'm starting to suspect this not a hardware issue, I'm starting to think it is my antivirus (Kaspersky) since thats the only thing that has changed on my system the past couple of days. I'm gonna try running without it for a day or so and see if that clears anything up. Ill get back to you in a bit about what psu I have.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxie View Post
Hi there .... I suppose you have tried the on-board Graphics .... To rule out any other issues you might have
I have not I suppose I could try that. The only thing that bugs me though is last night I tried stress testing my system for a few hours to see if I could make some kind of error show, but I got no issues. I played very graphically intensive games and they ran like they used to perfectly fine.
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20 Jun 2013   #9
maxie

windows 7 home 64bit
 
 

Hum ... Strange .... As you have said let it run for a couple of days .... If the Card fails try the on board one .... Report back with any further issues
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21 Jun 2013   #10
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bartrulz View Post
I honestly don't know anything about it other than the fact that it is 800 watts.
Which isn't a good sign. A failing PSU is compatible with your issues.
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