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Windows 7: GTX670 3 Way SLI Event 14 Blackout with Freeze

26 Apr 2014   #11
DesertDrydock

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

I'm about due for a coolant flush so I'll take the cards apart and run them individually to see if I have my freeze and crash problem with one particular card and go from there. Thanks and I imagine I'll be back because I really want to figure all of this out.


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26 Apr 2014   #12
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

I can well imagine, yeah definitely let us know how you get on.
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26 Apr 2014   #13
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DesertDrydock View Post
Other quirks in the system are screen flash during FSX, Google Earth and FireFox also the system fails to power down sometimes
So the flash is basically the screen quickly turning on and off like a driver recovery error?

And by system not powering down, it sort of sits there at the shutting down screen for ever? (Sounds like a hung process)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post

maybe it's pertaining to the tri-SLi setup but I don't know for sure.
I don't believe so. I had a tri 670 SLI and never had issues like this. In fact the driver issues sound like a symptom and not a cause.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DesertDrydock View Post
I started with just one card and had the screen flash <> Before I installed the nVidia I had a 7970 Card and had the screen flash with it.
hmm.


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I have three 27" monitors, two Samsung S27B350's and a ViewSonic. I have ran them all individually from each card, one at a time and still have the flash, weird ah?
Yep, weird. Did you use the same cord for all screens, or different ones? And was this while SLI was enabled or disabled?


This is definitely an interesting one. All the screens check out. It's happened with both a single card in Slot 1 and 3 cards in all 3 slots.

The only consistent clue is the driver seems to keep failing.

For eliminations sake, maybe try a driver uninstall, then clean and re-install.

Download @ install Driver Fusion. Uninstall drivers normally, run Driver Fusion to clean both AMD and Nvidia entries. Reinstall nvidia drivers.

Is this a pretty new build? Like the issue has been happening since you built the rig?

Was it a fresh Windows install?
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26 Apr 2014   #14
DesertDrydock

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

Hello Smarteyeball, I think I'm connecting with your train of thought here; this looks like it could be a leftover driver from my original 7970, it is where the flash started. The flash is an instantaneous white flash that lasts only a couple tenths of a second if that.

If I look over my build invoices I started my build in January of 13 where I had a SanDisk 240GB SSD as my main drive and the 7970 as my GPU. On the first of may I changed to the GTX670 and then a couple weeks later I got a 2TB HDD, removed the SSD and installed Windows on the 2TB drive so it looks like the 7970 was not installed on my current drive. But I am green as spring grass when it comes to these matters so I'll leave the rest of the logic to you. I get a sense of deep understanding coming out of your post and I really wish I had you sitting here with me.

Should I purchase the premium version of Driver Fusion or just run the freeware?

Do you think this is possibly a motherboard issue? Or memory? Both have been with it since the beginning.
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26 Apr 2014   #15
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

There won't be any AMD driver remnants left over if you've changed your hard drive since installing the 670 as they were obviously installed on the SSD. That pretty much rules out driver conflict. To perform a clean install of the NVIDIA drivers follow this tutorial by essenbe. That will give you the cleanest installation of NVIDIA drivers possible.
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03 May 2014   #16
smarteyeball

 
 

My apologies for the response delay.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DesertDrydock View Post
Should I purchase the premium version of Driver Fusion or just run the freeware?
Freeware. Premium is not needed.





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Do you think this is possibly a motherboard issue? Or memory? Both have been with it since the beginning.
If I had to lean towards a component for now, I'd be inclined to say memory.

As Boozad mentioned, it wouldn't be a driver conflict since you'd done a fresh Windows install with the 670.

With the memory, did you select the X.M.P profile or enter the timings/voltages manually?

To test the memory download Memtest86+ and either create a bootable CD or Flashdrive. When the PC restarts, let it boot into memtest and let it run. I'd suggest overnight as it takes a while to do several passes. Ideally you want 6-8 passes.

If any errors occur straight away, you can stop the test. If there are any errors in the morning we're onto something. Don't worry about the error codes themselves. All that matters if the are zero or any errors.

If the are no errors, it's time to focus on something else.


Also in Control panel>Device Manager are the any unkown devices or warning symbols?

(When you installed Windows, did you also install all the motherboard chipset drivers from Asus site?)

Motherboards - P9X79 PRO


You could also try updating to the latest BIOS. 4608 is the latest.
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