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June 14, 2013 3:47:20 PM

So this is weird, or at least I've never ran into a problem like this before. Yesterday, I dot the idea to hook my PC up to my living room TV to play Dark Souls (because you can only play it with a controller and I wanted to chill on the couch).

So I was playing Dark Souls for about 20 when it crashed. It just froze up and the little window popped up that says something along the lines of "Such-and-Such has stopped working. Windows is searching for a solution". You know, the general "this application died and there's nothing we can do" window. So I thought it was weird but maybe it was just an anomaly, Windows likes to goof around. I started Dark Souls back up and after about 10 to 20 minutes it did it again. After a couple more unsuccessful tries, I decided to try a different game. And it happened again. I went through about 7 or 8 games and they all crashed. I was becoming incredibly worried at this point, doing everything I could think of. Running hardware monitor logs while the games are crashing to see if anything is getting unusually hot, resetting the Nvidia Control Panel settings, etc... I tried everything I could think of to no avail. Games kept crashing after about 10 to 20 minutes of play. No other applications had any problems, I watched video streams, played around in FL Studio. No problems except while gaming.

Anyway, after a day of wrestling my PC and getting increasingly worried, I decided to take it back to desk and hook it back up to my monitor. Once I did, I tried playing games again. And they were fine. I played Dark Souls and Warframe a few hours each today. No problems at all.

After my long-winded story, my question is pretty much "what the hell?" How would a TV vs. a monitor have any affect on how the games played, and only games? And are there any solutions? Does anyone have any experience with this problem?

My TV is a 1080p LCD Sony Bravia hooked up using HDMI. My monitor is a 1080p LED Asus hooked up through DVI-D. I have Windows 8 (unfortunately) and I think the rest of my important hardware info is in my signature. I think... we'll see after this is posted...

And thanks in advance for any help at all.
June 14, 2013 4:14:10 PM

Sounds like a driver issue.
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June 14, 2013 4:28:53 PM

Zenkor said:
Sounds like a driver issue.


Possibly. I tried rolling back the drivers and that didn't help. And then I reinstalled the current one again. But it could just be that all the newer Nvidia drivers have a problem.

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a b * Windows 8
June 14, 2013 5:17:34 PM

I had a similar run in with HDMI and DVI-D, which is two different types of connection bandwidths. Normally if your running DVI-D (to get 1080P) your 'pipe' had enough to carry that to screen, but HDMI doesn't have enough (normally) for that from a PC Video Card (totally different with a PS3/XBOX HDMI cable). You can 'overload' but then you hit a break point and it crashes it. That would be my first diagnosis.

My second would be HDMI carries audio over the cable, where as DVI-D does not normally (though can) carry audio too. This is part of the NVIDIA Audio driver also included. This maybe crashing (break point) as well after a while.
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June 14, 2013 5:19:00 PM

Windows generally uses a generic driver for the monitor/tv, maybe it isn't compatible with your tv or is corrupted.
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June 14, 2013 5:22:01 PM

Tom Tancredi said:
I had a similar run in with HDMI and DVI-D, which is two different types of connection bandwidths. Normally if your running DVI-D (to get 1080P) your 'pipe' had enough to carry that to screen, but HDMI doesn't have enough (normally) for that from a PC Video Card (totally different with a PS3/XBOX HDMI cable). You can 'overload' but then you hit a break point and it crashes it. That would be my first diagnosis.

My second would be HDMI carries audio over the cable, where as DVI-D does not normally (though can) carry audio too. This is part of the NVIDIA Audio driver also included. This maybe crashing (break point) as well after a while.


Hmmm, could be a faulty cable. I am currently running my 1920x1200 monitor with an HDMI cable for video and sound. I can play any video game without issue.
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June 15, 2013 7:11:36 AM

Tom Tancredi said:
I had a similar run in with HDMI and DVI-D, which is two different types of connection bandwidths. Normally if your running DVI-D (to get 1080P) your 'pipe' had enough to carry that to screen, but HDMI doesn't have enough (normally) for that from a PC Video Card (totally different with a PS3/XBOX HDMI cable). You can 'overload' but then you hit a break point and it crashes it. That would be my first diagnosis.

My second would be HDMI carries audio over the cable, where as DVI-D does not normally (though can) carry audio too. This is part of the NVIDIA Audio driver also included. This maybe crashing (break point) as well after a while.


Well, holy shit. Thank you. I don't know why I didn't think of the Nvidia audio driver. I kept thinking if it was a driver, then it must be the video driver, but I neglected to check the audio driver. I never thought about it before, but it makes sense. When the PC is hooked up to my monitor, I use the generic Windows audio driver for my speakers. But it uses the Nvidia audio driver when the audio is being transmitted through video card's HDMI port.

So this morning I reinstalled the Nvidia audio driver and now it's working perfectly. I wish I had thought of this before. So, thank you, Sir, for noticing my negligence. You are a gentleman and a scholar worthy of annual Christmas cards. And thank you to everyone else that tried to help. =)
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January 6, 2014 3:01:34 AM

I think the game is suffering compatibility issues. Here are the diagnostic instructions:

1. Right click the desktop shortcut. Choose Properties.
2. Click Compatibility, Check-up "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and click OK.

You can get more diagnostic steps here.
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January 6, 2014 1:20:43 PM

JosephThomas420 said:
I think the game is suffering compatibility issues. Here are the diagnostic instructions:

1. Right click the desktop shortcut. Choose Properties.
2. Click Compatibility, Check-up "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and click OK.

You can get more diagnostic steps here.



Apparently you didn't really look at this one, this problem was SOLVED the OP "I reinstalled the Nvidia audio driver and now it's working perfectly".back in June.
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