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Unsolved driver crash issue, GTX 660

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 2, 2013 2:15:35 AM

Hello Tomshardware community, I signed up because, after reading through more than a handful of threads describing the same issue, I have been unable to resolve my own problem.

I recently built my first pc, everything appears to be running without any issues, however, I recently downloaded Dirt 3 and anywhere from 20 seconds to 20 minutes, it black-screens my whole TV for a moment, then the game comes back (although it's black-screened) and I get a message something like "The nVidia display drivers 314.22 have stopped responding and recovered." I have tried using the drivers that came boxed with my GPU (version 306.something) and this only delays the time it takes for the crash to occur.

I have disabled DWM. I have added a TdrDelay QWORD in the registry, (value: 8) and they don't appear to have helped (they may have delayed the time it takes for the crash, on average, although it may be a coincidence or my imagination).

I have played the following games for hours at a time with no issues: Dragon Nest, League of legends, and Minecraft. I am adding them for more information for you, although I am quite aware they're probably not as GPU intense as Dirt 3. (It's just the first steam game I downloaded to my new pc - I am well aware it's not really the go-to game for testing a pc's gaming capability)

I am running Win7 Ultimate 64 bit,
CPU: AMD FX(tm)-6100 Six-Core Processor, 3300 Mhz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3
GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB DDR5
RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance
PSU: CX600 Corsair 600W.

My system has 1 case fan, and the temperature of my GPU is never greater than 45 degrees C at the time of the driver crash. If you need any more information please let me know I will try to provide it. Thank you for any help you can provide.
April 2, 2013 2:53:34 AM

I had similar problem with my GTX570, I got black screens while playing DX11 games. The GPU seems to reset itself when this happens. I solves this issue by raising the Vcore by a little (from 0.98v to 1.013v). You can do it with MSI Afterburner software.
April 2, 2013 4:16:23 AM

OK I'll try that later - I have to go to work 'till late this evening though so I won't be able to test Dirt, any further suggestions are welcome.

OK downloaded afterburner and attempted to change the voltage but it looks like I'm using a 55nm model so changing the voltage is not an option.
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April 2, 2013 5:22:14 AM

There is another option, try lowering the core clock by 5-10MHz. Also, if you are getting the same problem while playing Dirt 3 on DX9, it is not related to the Vcore.
April 2, 2013 5:40:20 AM

Forgot to ask you to check if the game is patched up to date.
April 2, 2013 4:40:00 PM

Don't know how to try running on DX9.. Also the game is on steam so I would assume therefore it's properly patched and so? Also I just tried with MSI afterburner lowering the core clock by 10Mhz, no luck, driver stopped responding about 19 minutes in.
April 5, 2013 10:09:16 AM

FunSurfer said:
To try playing on DX9, you will need to do some editing to an xml file, it is shown how to do it ii this site:

Sorry for the late reply, having a bit of issue with my internet (if it's not one problem, it's another, right? >_>) but now that that's sorted I have to say thank you, so much :)  Playing in DX9 appears to have resolved my issue (played for double the time I've ever played before, because of the crash, without issues, then I just got bored, lol.) I will do some more playing sooner or later because It's a good offline game for when downloading software gives me ping issues for my typical online games.

Again, thank you.