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Display Driver Stopped Responding from bad AC power?

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March 20, 2013 1:06:05 PM

I've been having an issue starting only a week ago, I get the "Display Driver Stopped Responding and recovered..." error on my gaming rig, even when it's just idle for a few minutes and I go to move my mouse. REALLY ANNOYING. Many posts around the next seem to indicate that it's a power issue. So using nVidiaInspector, i cranked up the voltage incrementally on my 560 ti hawk, only to have the error persist. All the way up to 1.150v - still happens.

So I work from home occasionally too, and I brought my work notebook down to my gaming room this week to work. Plugged in the power supply, and after a few minutes, the "Display Driver Stopped Responding and recovered..." error started on my notebook! REALLY?!?!? Now I use this notebook at the office ALL DAY and this error never happens, so I can only deduce one thing – there is some variable in my gaming room that is causing this. And of all things, since the error is power-related, I can only imagine that my AC lines are bad in that part of the house? How can I fix that, maybe some sort of pwer conditioner? What do you guys think?
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March 20, 2013 1:19:40 PM

well it does sound very plausible...
Some sort of UPS system might be all that is needed to keep the voltages up.
mind you thou, there are couple different ups designs, and a 'line-interactive' type might be good one for something like this. ...I think. :)  thou they are somewhat more expensive than a basic design..
see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uninterruptible_power_supp...
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March 20, 2013 1:24:58 PM

I don't think it is a power issue because on the laptop you are running on the battery, which is being charged by the AC power. What if you try the laptop and/or desktop in another room?
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March 20, 2013 1:27:55 PM

Line noise or a bad Surge protector/powerstrip can cause ripples in the power. This makes the voltage surge and dip. That can cause the computer to do weird things and crash. I would not expect it to happen with a laptop though, the laptop should be insulated from the outside world by the battery.

I had a guy in an apartment that had a high end gaming pc crash every few minutes. It was not crashing at the shop so I did not know what to tell him. We changed the PSU and that did not help. We gave him a loaner and that one crashed like nuts. In the end he gut a uninterrupted power supply(battery back up). Fixed.
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March 20, 2013 1:30:06 PM

The only constant here is your house. If its not the power, battery in a laptop should rule this out, is it the network. A bad router can do weird things and make windows unstable, but I would not expect it to cause the gpu driver to crash.
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March 20, 2013 1:49:01 PM

Were you using any USB drives/thumb drives?
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March 20, 2013 2:37:13 PM

Jim_L9 said:
Were you using any USB drives/thumb drives?


Negative
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March 20, 2013 2:38:53 PM

bucknutty said:
The only constant here is your house. If its not the power, battery in a laptop should rule this out, is it the network. A bad router can do weird things and make windows unstable, but I would not expect it to cause the gpu driver to crash.


The gaming rig was cabled and the notebook wireless - still think it's a possibility?
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March 20, 2013 2:40:07 PM

Jim_L9 said:
I don't think it is a power issue because on the laptop you are running on the battery, which is being charged by the AC power. What if you try the laptop and/or desktop in another room?


bucknutty said:
The only constant here is your house. If its not the power, battery in a laptop should rule this out, is it the network. A bad router can do weird things and make windows unstable, but I would not expect it to cause the gpu driver to crash.


I will try that.
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March 20, 2013 2:41:39 PM

bucknutty said:
Line noise or a bad Surge protector/powerstrip can cause ripples in the power. This makes the voltage surge and dip. That can cause the computer to do weird things and crash. I would not expect it to happen with a laptop though, the laptop should be insulated from the outside world by the battery.

I had a guy in an apartment that had a high end gaming pc crash every few minutes. It was not crashing at the shop so I did not know what to tell him. We changed the PSU and that did not help. We gave him a loaner and that one crashed like nuts. In the end he gut a uninterrupted power supply(battery back up). Fixed.


I may be able to get one from work, or should just buy one anyway...
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March 20, 2013 2:43:50 PM

Thanks everyone for your feedback, I'll post which was the best working solution - If it works!
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