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Windows 7: Sudden onset of incompatibility of Nvidia 7950GX2 & Mic

05 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Sudden onset of incompatibility of Nvidia 7950GX2 & Mic

I developed a computer failure. My computer Dimension 92000 had been running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate & has Nvidia 7950 GX2 [1GB] graphic card. From last saturday computer would start and go upto windows7 logo,BSOD,shut down and reboot again. This loop would just keep continued.......
When I boot to Windows 7 repair disc and then selected to reinstall " a system image back up" the computer would inform that the format has taken place and an image had been sucessfully backed installed and restart only to reach the Windows 7 logo and bang a BSOD. Then it will reboot and restart mentioned earlier. Since I did a system image back up I could on booting up able to get in safe-mode with net work connection to access the internet.
However when I boot into my retail Windows7 cd and choose to do a custom install the first few steps of choosing the country,language& time followed by copying windows file,Installing features, and then computer restarts for completion of the installation. At this point after about 2 to 3 minutes of installation would suddeny turn off and automatically boot again and when comes to the windows logo goes back into the loop of booting & turning off..... Here I could not get a safemode start because there was no full installment of the OS. I have also tried by removing RAM to install with 2GB and again 4GB but the results were the same.
After struggling for three days I booted into my Dell's OEM Vista x64 ultimate disc and it had no problem in installment. I have not recently added any hard or software. I have not altered my RAM. I ran extended test of computer and that did not show any error code or fault.
Finally once again today I booted to my Windows 7 repair disc that I created after my original sucessful installment of Windows 7 in October 2009. When I was given an option to do a system image back up opt for that and continued. On completion of the system image backup as expected computer crashed with a BSOD. However on restarting I pressed F8 to get to go in the safe mode.
Under safe mode opened the Device Manager and uninstalled my Nvidia 7950GX2. Also the same time from Dell's Drivers and Download site downloaded the Dell's version of Vista x64 driver for Dimension 9200 [Dell 143509] to my desktop.
Now on restart the computer did not through BSOD. The windows logo was followed by the user screen appeared but all the letters were large and bulky as if I was in the safe mode but the screen was not safe mode. I tried to install this Dell's Vistax64 version of the driver but it would not install informing that the download is 32bit or something to that effect.
So I decided to restart the computer and press F8 to get to safe mode. Under safe mode I clicked on the Dell's driver 143509 that I have download to my desktop, it extracted the file into drivers and continued with the Nvidia's interactive install window. Following that I visited to the Device manager and I could see under Display driver details Nvidia v7.15.10.9746 date07/12/2006 and not the Windows 7 OS disc Microsoft's driver.
Now Bingo
I restarted the computer and it did not go into the mad boot start cycle..... It may be too early for me to call this a success but atleast I am up and running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate.
I would not have been able to get Windows 7 going without a System Image Back up in an external Hard Drive. My computer would not any more accept the Nvidia Driver that is part of the Windows 7 OS disc and I therefore would not have been able to get Windows 7 installed on my Dimension9200. By a stroke of luck I presume Windows 7 OS got installed in Oct 2009 and I decided to create a "System Image Back up".
Now my concern is if during automatic windows update if Nvidia might get installed to detrimental effect? I have selected only to install Windows important updates but do not know if that will be effective in preventing Nvidia's latest driver install. I am sure some of you know the answer better.

I wish to know if a there is a slipstreamable older version of Nvidia 7950 GX2 driver that could be slipstreamed during the Windows 7 OS installation where one gets the choice of {Drivers,Format,Delete} stage of install? Is that possible

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