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Nvidia Display Driver Has Stopped Responding... (Solved?)

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May 23, 2013 10:31:45 AM

Hey all,

I realized that a lot of people are having issues with Nvidia Display Driver, without good answer to the question: How to fix it?
After going trough hundreds of posts and forums I finally succeeded to fix it on my computer and I would like to share my experience with those who have the same problem.

MB: Maximus V Extreme
CPU: i7 3770K
GPU: EVGA GTX 680 Classified 4GB and EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC 2GB
RAM: 16GB Corsair Dominator GT 2133MHz
PSU: Enermax Platimax 1000W
Sound card: ASUS Xonar STX
SSD: Intel 520 120GB
HD: WD Green 3TB

While waiting for EVGA GTX 680 Classified 4GB (it was out of stock) I have ordered EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC 2GB. For the first few weeks I was using ATI Radeon HD 5970 in the 1st native PCI-e 3.0 16x slot without any problems at all, but as soon as I sold ATI and replaced it with EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC 2GB, nightmare started.

Nvidia Display Driver Has Stopped Responding and Successfully Recovered... without any reason. It didn't matter if I was writing a mail, watching youtube, moves, or playing games... display driver was crashing 24/7, 10-20 times per day. So I reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit as well as Nvidia drivers, but the problem was still there. I have also tried with older drivers - no success.

Then I decided to "play" with my GPU. After downloading EVGA PrecisionX and increasing core voltage from 1062mV to 1087mV GPU suddenly became much more stable (3-5 crashes per day). Reducing/increasing clock speeds gave nothing... only voltage (increasing)! At that point I have opened a ticket for RMA, just a week before EVGA GTX 680 Classified 4GB is going to "arrive".

For the last time I wanted to see if I can fix EVGA GTX 650 Ti SSC 2GB so switched it to the 2nd PCI-e 3.0 16x slot over PLX chip. Surprise, it is working flawlessly! 3rd slot native - GPU was unstable! 4th PCI-e slot over PLX - stable!

I have no idea what is happening here, but it seems that Nvidia likes PLX chip? I was confused so I took my brothers AMD Radeon HD 7970 and tested it in all PCI-e slots just to make sure that my MB is working properly, and I didn't experience any problems with ATI whatsoever!

I don't have any reasonable explanation regarding this matter, but it worked for me and I hope that someone else will find this post useful! I still have to see if EVGA GTX 680 Classified 4GB is going to be stable in the 1st PCI-e slot and i will update this post in the next few days, but if anyone can explain me how is it possible that GPU is stable only via PLX chip... I would appreciate it!
May 23, 2013 11:11:05 AM

Have you hit your motherboard manual? There may be a preferred slot (for single cards) and the other(s) preferred for crossfire/SLI setups. I use the word "preferred" here because using the BIOS sometimes has a preference when it comes to PCI-E slots...just like it does when you use 2 sticks of RAM (rather than 4 sticks).

Nice troubleshooting though. At least you've found a solution to your problem.
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May 23, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Cheers for your answer...

I went trough manual several times and the preferred slot for a single GPU is 1st native PCI-e 3.0 16x. I was running my card in the 1st slot from the beginning with lots of trouble. People on Republic of Gamers forum suggest ether using 1st or 3rd PCI-e slot for single GPU because that is the way to bypass PLX chip. Unfortunately, my GTX 650 Ti was unstable while running in those two (1st and 3rd), so it is running in the 2nd over PLX chip at the moment.
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May 28, 2013 9:12:10 PM

I found out the problem is with the new Geforce Experience that gets downloaded with the new driver set. I uninstalled that part of the driver set and I have never had another problem. Currently I am running the 320.18 drivers.
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May 29, 2013 3:07:26 AM

EzGoing said:
I found out the problem is with the new Geforce Experience that gets downloaded with the new driver set. I uninstalled that part of the driver set and I have never had another problem. Currently I am running the 320.18 drivers.


Currently I am using EVGA GTX680 Classified (with nVidia experience) and I didn't have a single crash with this card. As far as I can remember I didn't have nVidia experience installed while i was using GTX650 Ti, but anything is possible. Not sure if I am going to send it for RMA since it was stable over PLX chip (nothing wrong with hardware).
Driver/software issue is the only logical explanation regarding this matter.
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June 29, 2013 1:26:46 PM

I had the same problem for months, but I finally got it fixed!!!!! yeah!
check your power supply! if its not 450 watts or higher it will not handle your graphics card. I went to best buys brought a new power supply a Dynex 520 watt atx power supply and not it works great. easy fix and no more errors.......... and cheap 50.00
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November 9, 2013 3:12:06 PM

I had the same problem and I applied a Microsoft FixIt which modified a Windows 7 64-bit registry value to increase the video card response timeout. I have a GeForce GTX 560. See article here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2665946
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November 9, 2013 5:08:36 PM

cz016m_74 said:
I had the same problem and I applied a Microsoft FixIt which modified a Windows 7 64-bit registry value to increase the video card response timeout. I have a GeForce GTX 560. See article here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2665946


Hey there...

I have tried registry editing as well, but it didn't work for me. I think that it was a driver issue, since my friend is using my old GTX 650 Ti at the moment with latest driver and he didn't have a single problem for a several months now. I have 2 EVGA GTX 680 Classifieds in SLI... both are "running" flawlessly, without a single crash or anything similar.

Thanks for your time!
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