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Windows 7: GTX260 freezing system on boot

24 May 2011   #1
barryfell

Windows 7
 
 
GTX260 freezing system on boot

I've just upgraded my mobo/CPU/ram, and performed a clean install, but my GTX260 is causing me problems. It freezes the system either just before Windows login on the 'Windows Starting' screen, or a few seconds after I reach the desktop. The only way I can boot in to Windows is booting in safe mode, uninstalling the NVIDIA drivers and using the Windows Standard VGA driver, or by removing the GTX260 and using the on board graphics.

The card worked fine on my old system with the same PSU (Corsair HX520), so I don't think power is a problem. I've also tried my flatmates graphics card (same model) and it's the same problem so I don't think there is a problem with the card. Just a driver/compatibility issue.

New components:
Mobo: ASUS P8H67-M (B3 revision)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz (Sandybridge)
RAM: OCZ 4gb DDR3

Software:
Windows 7 x64 SP1
All drivers/mobo/bios up to date.

No hardware conflicts or issues apparent under Device Manager.

Any ideas/help much appreciated.


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24 May 2011   #2
cmd187

Debian Squeeze Stable 64-bit
 
 

Run a burn in test like Furmark or something similar for an hour or 2. It might be the GPU itself or it might be heat.
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24 May 2011   #3
barryfell

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cmd187 View Post
Run a burn in test like Furmark or something similar for an hour or 2. It might be the GPU itself or it might be heat.
I don't think it's the GPU as i've tried 2 cards, which both work fine on other systems.

I don't think it's heat either as the problem remains after cold boots.
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24 May 2011   #4
cmd187

Debian Squeeze Stable 64-bit
 
 

Try a different driver? Older one or the latest beta?
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24 May 2011   #5
barryfell

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cmd187 View Post
Try a different driver? Older one or the latest beta?
Ah sorry I forgot to say, I've tried a 6 month old driver, the current release driver, and the latest beta driver. All the same problem.
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27 May 2011   #6
Ivan the SoSo

windows 10 pro 64 bit
 
 

Have you tested a different type of video card? Sounds like a bad motherboard.....
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27 May 2011   #7
barryfell

Windows 7
 
 

I'm going to tonight when I borrow one from a friend. If it doesn't work either then I know it much be the motherboard.
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28 May 2011   #8
John Stamos

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm sure you have, but I didn't see you mention it. Did you try other PCI-Slots?

You're correct in saying the PSU isn't the issue. The wattage and amp-age required on the GTX 260 does not exceed your model of PSU. I'd say that can be ruled out for now. Give the different slots a try, standard stuff, but sometimes it's the easiest solutions that work!

Edit: The more I think about, the more I do think it's driver related though. Only because it works up until Windows, which is when the drivers would kick in. Give the slots a try though.
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28 May 2011   #9
barryfell

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by John Stamos View Post
I'm sure you have, but I didn't see you mention it. Did you try other PCI-Slots?

You're correct in saying the PSU isn't the issue. The wattage and amp-age required on the GTX 260 does not exceed your model of PSU. I'd say that can be ruled out for now. Give the different slots a try, standard stuff, but sometimes it's the easiest solutions that work!
I would have tried that but unfortunately my graphics card is too big to fix in the other slot without obstructing other necessary connections.

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Edit: The more I think about, the more I do think it's driver related though. Only because it works up until Windows, which is when the drivers would kick in. Give the slots a try though.
Agreed. Last night I tried an ATI card that I had borrowed for 30mins, and despite freezing at the same spot on first try after driver install, the system restarted and then booted up fine. I ran a quick stress test on it and it held up so fingers crossed when I now buy an ATI card to replace the GTX260 it will work.
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