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the weirdest graphics driver crash ever!! Please help

Ok community listen up. I got hold of a gtx 660 which I just installed (gigabyte windforce oc edition) in one of my two pcs. I get driver crashes after 10-20 minutes of gaming or after a few minutes of stress-testing. The crash is of the type: 'The NVIDIA OpenGL driver lost connection....error 7). After trying quite a few things (drivers clean install with driver sweeper etc) I decided to perform a fresh windows 7 install. Now here is the weird part:

After windows 7 installation was completed I installed only the necessary drivers to be able run MSI afterburner in conjunction with Kombastor burn-in mode in order to stress test the gpu. My two computers are next to each other. So, I started stress testing the the new gpu on pc1 while I was writing an email on pc2 (which has a gtx 580). All of a sudden, after 5 minutes or so, both pcs driver-crashed AT THE SAME TIME!. The pc2 (with the old gpu, gtx 580) crashed saying drivers stopped responding.

PC1:

Asus extreme-z z68
i7 2600k @4.5ghz
4gb corsair xms3
samsung 840 ssd
a couple of sata storage disks
xh1000 corsair psu

PC2:

Asus p8z77 deluxe
i3 2100
4gb crucial generic ram
samsung 840 ssd
HX750 corsair psu


I think that 2 pcs crashing at the same time might suggest some power instability in the electrical wiring of my house.

On the other hand I tested the gtx 660 on another new build with a 450w power supply (xfx pro) and an i3 2100 for 30min++ with afterburner/kombustor burn-in and it didn't crash.

I am not a pc noob, in fact I am a pc builder and I have never encountered such a problem before. I've built 20 pcs++

Please any idea is welcome!

Regards
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  1. traxevc said:
    Ok community listen up. I got hold of a gtx 660 which I just installed (gigabyte windforce oc edition) in one of my two pcs. I get driver crashes after 10-20 minutes of gaming or after a few minutes of stress-testing. The crash is of the type: 'The NVIDIA OpenGL driver lost connection....error 7). After trying quite a few things (drivers clean install with driver sweeper etc) I decided to perform a fresh windows 7 install. Now here is the weird part:

    After windows 7 installation was completed I installed only the necessary drivers to be able run MSI afterburner in conjunction with Kombastor burn-in mode in order to stress test the gpu. My two computers are next to each other. So, I started stress testing the the new gpu on pc1 while I was writing an email on pc2 (which has a gtx 580). All of a sudden, after 5 minutes or so, both pcs driver-crashed AT THE SAME TIME!. The pc2 (with the old gpu, gtx 580) crashed saying drivers stopped responding.

    PC1:

    Asus extreme-z z68
    i7 2600k @4.5ghz
    4gb corsair xms3
    samsung 840 ssd
    a couple of sata storage disks
    xh1000 corsair psu

    PC2:

    Asus p8z77 deluxe
    i3 2100
    4gb crucial generic ram
    samsung 840 ssd
    HX750 corsair psu


    I think that 2 pcs crashing at the same time might suggest some power instability in the electrical wiring of my house.

    On the other hand I tested the gtx 660 on another new build with a 450w power supply (xfx pro) and an i3 2100 for 30min++ with afterburner/kombustor burn-in and it didn't crash.

    I am not a pc noob, in fact I am a pc builder and I have never encountered such a problem before. I've built 20 pcs++

    Please any idea is welcome!

    Regards



    i would say a bad card or a bad psu that is the only thing i can say about it. that at the same time crash is probably from power instability as you said.
  2. Best answer
    separate computers............. from same electrical outlet...... as well as anything else. run 1 machine. what happens? same thing.... move to different part of house, try again.
  3. It was the motherboard finally. I have RMAed the motherboard and received a new one which has the same issue. Maximus IV Extreme-z seem to be incompatible with some gtx 660s. The card works perfect on other motherboards and the motherboard works very well with other graphics cards. I have told the ASUS people to look into it, i.e. this potential incompatibility
  4. actually ASUS had some problems with bad BIOS' early in the year..(2013)...... took them a long time to admit that. there are lots of screwed up boards out there. personally I stopped buying asus boards 2 or 3 years ago.
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