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June 19, 2013 5:52:24 PM

I just assembeled a new computer and got everything running pretty smoothly. I wanted to test out a few games on the new rig and I updated my Nvidia drivers to the newest version and ran Metro 2033. After a few minutes my comptuer crashed and after restarting I found that certain programs and windows (Firefox, Skype calls) artifact heavily and will crash the drivers after a few seconds. I fixed artifacted in Firefox by turning off hardware excelleration but I don't know how to solve the problem for anything else. I uninstalled the newest drivers for an older version but I'm still getting the same problem. Any tips on what to do?
June 19, 2013 6:01:21 PM

Hmmm this seems to be becoming more often.
What are your FULL system specs? Everything...

Anyway. Download and instal MSI afterburner, then try increasing the power slider to max.
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June 19, 2013 6:14:50 PM

Sorry I'm not sure how to find a list of all my specs, but here's my parts list for my computer. Like I said, just bought it. http://i.imgur.com/cuBPxW5.jpg
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June 19, 2013 6:20:33 PM

Seems all good, another possibility is a problematic PSU. But that PSU is perfectly decent!

Anyway, try the slider increase?
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June 19, 2013 6:28:48 PM

OK, I'm still getting artifacting. I don't seem to have that issue when I tried using those programs after I had no drivers when I uninstalled them while trying to fix with a rollback.
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June 19, 2013 6:32:04 PM

Weird, Mozilla is no longer artifacting. With the power only at 100%, though it's not doing it at max either. Skype is still artifacting, but the drivers didn't crash due to it like it was a bit ago.
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June 19, 2013 6:32:44 PM

Trogz said:
OK, I'm still getting artifacting. I don't seem to have that issue when I tried using those programs after I had no drivers when I uninstalled them while trying to fix with a rollback.


OK try this. Remove all Nvidia drivers. Then do a registry sweep with something like CCleaner, restart the machine and re-install the latest driver of Nvidias site.
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June 19, 2013 6:33:36 PM

Trogz said:
Weird, Mozilla is no longer artifacting. With the power only at 100%, though it's not doing it at max either. Skype is still artifacting, but the drivers didn't crash due to it like it was a bit ago.


Weird... OK you sure they are artifacts? Can you take and post a screenshots?
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June 19, 2013 6:34:15 PM

Spoke to soon on that last post. Still doing it. Sure I'll supply an SS in a second.
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June 19, 2013 6:37:15 PM

Gosh this is extremely unusual. I accidentally started the computer in safe mode, which I guess wasn't a bad thing, but restarted again to go back into my normal computer mode to get an SS. Now nothing is artifacting. To describe it, when I opened Mozilla, a bunch of small little pixilated boxes would flicker and change color on the screen. Similarly to this random image I found on the internet. http://i.imgur.com/9pkNR.jpg
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June 19, 2013 6:38:50 PM

Definitely driver related. Well do what I suggested anyway...
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June 19, 2013 8:08:33 PM

OK. Did what you said. Nothing worked. Re-installed windows, and I'm still getting this:
http://i.imgur.com/zCGCery.png
It's happening after I update the drivers only. But I have no idea how to fix it.
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June 19, 2013 8:20:51 PM

Trogz said:
OK. Did what you said. Nothing worked. Re-installed windows, and I'm still getting this:
http://i.imgur.com/zCGCery.png
It's happening after I update the drivers only. But I have no idea how to fix it.


OK starting to think the GPU is faulty. Try another port on the GPU, and try it in another PC, RMA time almost...
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June 19, 2013 8:47:57 PM

As of right now, knock on wood, everything seems fine. I slipped it into the other available slot and so far I'm not getting the same issues after I updated my drivers there. I'll try skype and a few games and post back if I find any issues. Edit1: Skype's fine.
Edit2: Though I only know that Metro 2033 didn't work and that happened at the start of this Fiasco, Scrolls (though not a graphically intensive game) shows no signs of trouble while playing. I think you may have cured me, doc.
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June 19, 2013 8:59:00 PM

Trogz said:
As of right now, knock on wood, everything seems fine. I slipped it into the other available slot and so far I'm not getting the same issues after I updated my drivers there. I'll try skype and a few games and post back if I find any issues. Edit1: Skype's fine.
Edit2: Though I only know that Metro 2033 didn't work and that happened at the start of this Fiasco, Scrolls (though not a graphically intensive game) shows no signs of trouble while playing. I think you may have cured me, doc.


Holding thumbs. :D 
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June 19, 2013 9:13:50 PM

I hope I didn't put it in the wrong PCI slot to begin with, I would feel so silly.
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June 19, 2013 9:19:28 PM

Wait? What? That Pro 4 has only one PCI-e slot??? LOL where did you put it in? And where is it now?
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June 19, 2013 9:25:58 PM

Oh my gosh I'm an idiot. I forgot to mention I had to switch motherboards since I got the wrong model online. I bought one with the incorrect amount of sockets like a dummy (I'm not very good at this.) I had to switch to a http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H77M/ I got at a local store. I showed then my parts list and my intentions and they helped me pick this out. It had two PCI slots.

Edit: I'm really sorry, but thankful, you're taking your time to help out a scatterbrain such as I.
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June 19, 2013 9:27:52 PM

Trogz said:
Oh my gosh I'm an idiot. I forgot to mention I had to switch motherboards since I got the wrong model online. I bought one with the incorrect amount of sockets like a dummy (I'm not very good at this.) I had to switch to a http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8H77M/ I got at a local store. I showed then my parts list and my intentions and they helped me pick this out. It had two PCI slots.

Edit: I'm really sorry, but thankful, you're taking your time to help out a scatterbrain such as I.


AH! That makes more sense.
Do you have it in the top blue slot now?
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June 19, 2013 9:28:53 PM

No, I had it there originally and moved it to the lower black slot. Which seemed to work. I thought that's what you meant when you said switch GPU slots... but again, I'm pretty awful at this!
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June 19, 2013 9:37:25 PM

Hmmm that is strange... The bottom port is only x4, less bandwidth for the card which could cause it to be slower.
Not what I meant, wait, maybe it was just neccessary for a re-seat of the graphics card.
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June 19, 2013 9:40:57 PM

I'll try to put it back in a few. Also how slower we talking here? Since everything is still running real smoothly.
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June 19, 2013 9:45:46 PM

Trogz said:
I'll try to put it back in a few. Also how slower we talking here? Since everything is still running real smoothly.


Depends on the game. I should say about 10%. Change it and see. If it does it again in the top slot, I would RMA the mobo.
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June 19, 2013 9:49:08 PM

Will do! Thanks for all your help, I seriously appreciate it. A flame of knowledge to lighten up the dark ignorance that is my noggin :p 
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June 19, 2013 10:34:44 PM

Yeah, everything works back in the normal slot. Nifty! Thanks for all your help!
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November 17, 2013 5:51:51 AM

Trogz said:
I just assembeled a new computer and got everything running pretty smoothly. I wanted to test out a few games on the new rig and I updated my Nvidia drivers to the newest version and ran Metro 2033. After a few minutes my comptuer crashed and after restarting I found that certain programs and windows (Firefox, Skype calls) artifact heavily and will crash the drivers after a few seconds. I fixed artifacted in Firefox by turning off hardware excelleration but I don't know how to solve the problem for anything else. I uninstalled the newest drivers for an older version but I'm still getting the same problem. Any tips on what to do?


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November 17, 2013 6:00:23 AM

in my pc every thing works fine but when i install counter strike and double click on cs icon after 1 or 2 mints pc restarts, i un plugged all usb items, the problem was that my logitech webcam. now its working fine

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January 13, 2014 7:13:14 AM

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Actually i highly doubt that the problem is anything else. Im pretty sure its ur GPU.

I Have the same problem as you but in a far worse condition.

My System Specs:
GPU: Zotac 650 Ti Boost 2Gb (Driver Version 332.21)
Processor: i7 - 930 ( 2.8Ghz )
MotherBoard: Intel DX58SO
RAM: (3 X 2Gb) 6GB Corsair DDR3 1333
Hard Disk: Kingston HyperX 120Gb Rev.3.0 (6Gb/s) SSD
PC Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
Corsair 750w HX
Display: Dell 24’’(inch) LED Monitor (using at 1920 X 1080)
OS: Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate Edition.
Security Suit: Genuine Eset Smart Security 7

As you can see My Specs are Very Good and High Performance.
Ive searched over and over the internet but could not find any solution at all.Nvidia didnt even bother to reply to my forum post nor did they even tell a solution to this problem.
I finally gave up waiting for help and i did a lot of research myself and experimented a lot until i came up with a Solution myself.

I Had 2 Problems:

Processor over heating and GPU crashing.

First Problem:
Ive been using my Intel i7 930 for like 3 years and i was never ever able to achieve 100% CPU performance cuz of the temperatures hitting 100*C + and 80*C at idle state (PS: My PC never used to crash)

Second Problem:
My old Graphic Card Nvidia GTX 480 got spoilt - colors started distorting and GPU started Artifacting. (PS: PC never crashed)

Then i bought my new Graphic Card, Zotac GTX 650 Ti Boost 2Gb
(After about a week i noticed crashing in games that require a lot of GPU load) . The crashes started becoming more frequent. I couldnt even do the damn Windows 7 Performance BenchMark. PC artifacted and crashed.
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SOLUTION / what i did to solve it :

Solution to Problem #1


Reduced the Processor Temperature by 35-50*C....here is how i did it :
I Booted my PC and got into the BIOS.
I went through all the settings my motherboard offered.There was a setting under Performance/Voltage called "V-Drop"
My V-Drop setting was at "Performance Mode" by default. (PS: This is Bad if you are using only your stock CPU cooler)
I changed the V-Drop to (Medium / low) Power Saving Mode.
Next I Switched Off Intel Turbo Boost Feature.
I Switched off all my i7 virtual cores. Only kept the 2 main CPU cores of my processor on, and 1 virtual core each(minimum) thats 4 cores in total only.
Then i changed a setting that said Dynamic Voltage Control,...I turned that "Off" ! and set it to -Hardware specifications.
Then I Switched Off Automatic Fan Control and i set it to run at max at all times.
I set my Processor to Power Saving Mode and Enabled idle state power saving.
I disabled dynamic voltage to C0 and C1
Then i saved my settings and booted my PC.
I Instantly noticed my Temperatures had dropped by about 40-50*C
My Processor was now at (45-50*C) with almost No Noticeable Performance Sacrifice
<<<<Problem 1 { SOLVED }>>>>


Solution to Problem #2

My New Zotac 650 Ti Boost 2Gb Graphic Card used to Crash All the time, ....Here's how i Fixed it :

Initially I was Very Confused if it was actually my Graphic Card that was to blame.I was wondering if it was a Power Issue or a Motherboard Issue or maybe even a defective Memory Issue, So what i did first is Narrow down the cause of the problem to find what exactly was causing the problem.

I downloaded a free trial program called "PassMark PerformanceTest"
from: ( http://www.passmark.com/products/pt.htm )

I Immediately Ran The Benchmark.......
This software runs a series of detailed Performance Stress tests on the Processor,RAM,Graphics Etc...
I waited for all the Processor tests to finish first, and it successfully did :)  (This made it clear that it was NOT my Processor that was at fault)
Then The memory tests finished successfully,...(This made it clear that it was NOT a memory issue either)
When it went on to the graphic test it passed the initial tests,....and when it reached the 3D tests i noticed my graphic card was gettin hotter and started to take load. When it reached heavy 3D tests of texture load/DirectX test,...the GPU artifacted (Screen filled with a random color, usually white screen or red screen and crashed) :( 
I re-booted and did the whole test all over again and realised it failed at the Graphics test again.
(same for the windows 7 Performance Benchmark Test-it failed at the graphic Texture Load test.
By this time it was CLEAR that it WAS my Graphic Cards FAULT.
So what I did to Fix the Issue was: I "Under-Clocked" my Graphic Card.
It was my First Time i'm even attempting changing clock speeds....
I used this SIMPLE Program called "MSI Afterburner"
download from here: ( http://event.msi.com/vga/afterburner/download.htm )
I downloaded the Beta Version to be honest :p 
(PS: Even though its called MSI afterburner it can be used on almost any motherboard/graphic card)

I Noticed that the settings already seemed overclocked,...this is because the Zotac GTX 650 Ti Boost is a Factory Over Clocked Graphic Card.
So what i did was i reduced ALL the values to Minimum Except for the Fan Speed which i left at auto control and i saved the settings in Profile 1 and clicked on"APPLY" to activate the settings. I Instantly noticed MAJOR difference in my graphic card :) 

For My Zotac GTX 650 when i put all the values to minimum except my Graphic cards fan speeds
the settings looked like this:
Core Voltage (mV) [-100]
Power Limit (%) [ 47 ]
Core Clock (MHz) [-105]
Memory Clock (MHz) [-502]
Fan Speed (%) [42] (Auto Control enabled)
I ran the Bench Mark again and it successfully passed all the tests. :) 
(PS: Preferably manually set Fan Speed at MAX when ur gonna do heavy graphic intensive stuff and put it back to auto when u finish.
And Also remember to start MSI After Burner Everytime u start ur PC and load the same settings)

Oh yeah i also opened my Nvidia Control Panel >Manage 3D settings
Ambient Occulsion - off
Anistrophic Filtering - off
Antialiasing - FXAA - off
Antialiasing - Gamma correction - off
Antialiasing Mode - off
Antialising setting - none
Antialiasing Transparency - Off
CUDA - GPUs - All
Maximum Pre-rendered frames - use 3D application settings
Multi-Display/Mixed GPU acceleration - Single display performance mode
Power Management Mode - Adaptive <<<Important>>>
Texture filtering -Anisotrpohic sample optimization - off
Texture filtering - Negative LOD bias - allow
Texture filtering - Quality - High Performance
Texture filtering - Trilinear optimization - On
Threaded Optimization - Auto
Tripple Buffering - Off
Vertical Sync - Adaptive

Feel free to mail me at " varun_naresh@yahoo.com " if it worked for you :) 

<<< SOLVED >>>

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