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Windows 7: Is it Nvidia's lousy drivers with windows 7, or my card

02 May 2010   #1
madcat75

windows 7
 
 
Is it Nvidia's lousy drivers with windows 7, or my card

Sometimes when I'm using the unreal editor (UT3), my screen will blank out for about 5 seconds, come back on, with an error message in the taskbar, with this in event viewer:

Quote:
Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has successfully recovered.
Never happened to me with my GTS 8800 with my old system, so is it the card or the drivers? I've tried multiple versions of Nvidia drivers too.


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02 May 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

We need a bit more information in order to tell you anything at all. You need to fill out your system specs and then explain the entire problem in detail. Also, see if you can find any event logs and/or crash logs that describe your problem.
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02 May 2010   #3
madcat75

windows 7
 
 

That's the only thing that the event log will tell me when it happens. I'm running windows 7 x64 bit fresh install, computer is 6 months old, Nvidia GTX 285 card, 6 gigs ram PC 12800 triple channel, so I don't know why it only does it with this one program and nothing else?
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02 May 2010   #4
derekimo

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If you type event log in start menu search, then click on that and look for events there related to your problem, post the details here.
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02 May 2010   #5
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcat75 View Post
That's the only thing that the event log will tell me when it happens. I'm running windows 7 x64 bit fresh install, computer is 6 months old, Nvidia GTX 285 card, 6 gigs ram PC 12800 triple channel, so I don't know why it only does it with this one program and nothing else?
Check the actual Event Log that was referenced by the OP.

Also, Download Speccy and run it. Tell us all of the specs in that page.

Last thing, tell us what version of NVIDIA's drivers you're using.
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03 May 2010   #6
mawerick

Win7 64bit
 
 

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03 May 2010   #7
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcat75 View Post
That's the only thing that the event log will tell me when it happens. I'm running windows 7 x64 bit fresh install, computer is 6 months old, Nvidia GTX 285 card, 6 gigs ram PC 12800 triple channel, so I don't know why it only does it with this one program and nothing else?
It could be the only program you use that taxes the graphics engine.
Couple quick tests:
Go to Start > Games > and open Chess Titans. Move some pieces around.
Open nVidia Control Panel and try and change your 3D settings.
See if you get the TDR doing those things.

Please fill out your system specs.
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05 May 2010   #8
SophiD

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

there are many solutions offered for this problem... I went through every single one of them.

Never had any issues with Nvidia cards on my old Win XP Pro rig, but Win7 64bit, doesn't fare so well...

The only thing that actually made things better was to go into the Nvidia control panel under 3D Settings, navigate to Manage 3D Settings then on the right hand side panel under global settings tab, scroll down to Power Management Mode entry and change the setting from Adaptive to "Prefer maximum Performance", then click Apply and exit the panel.
see attached image.

-nvidia.jpg

Never had a problem since.


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