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Can a overclocking CPU/GPU cause the graphics/display drivers to fail?

Okay, this is kinda gonna be like a follow up question to my other question on why the heck my display driver keeps crashing now I think I found a solution but I am not sure now I think the reason my display driver is crashing is because my CPU/GPU is overclocking but I am not sure if that could even cause the graphics/display driver to crash/not respond so I am looking for a solid answer to that question and weather or not that is what is causing my display driver to crash whenever I play a game.
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  1. GPU Overclocking may cause crashing.
  2. Turtvaiz said:
    GPU Overclocking may cause crashing.


    Okay, so it is a possibility that my CPU/GPU is overclocking and that could be causing my crashing? good to know.
  3. Best answer
    what gpu and cpu do you have?

    overclocking the gpu will cause the display driver to fail. usually it will recover though. but you could also be having display driver conflicts. i personally always do a manual uninstall of the old video drivers before i install a new beta or whql to make sure i get all the drivers. there are guides out there.
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1150443/how-to-remove-your-nvidia-gpu-drivers#post15432476
    http://www.overclock.net/t/988215/how-to-properly-uninstall-ati-amd-software-drivers-for-graphics-cards
    please note that if you have an amd chipset/cpu that following the amd manual uninstall is not advised.
    if you are having problems this can help narrow down that drivers are not causing the issue. its likely you are just overclocked too far. back down a few mhz or so. the difference between 1150mhz and 1125mhz is like 1-2 fps and isnt going to cause gaming performance to be any less or more enjoyable. hope this helps.
  4. nikoli707 said:
    what gpu and cpu do you have?

    overclocking the gpu will cause the display driver to fail. usually it will recover though. but you could also be having display driver conflicts. i personally always do a manual uninstall of the old video drivers before i install a new beta or whql to make sure i get all the drivers. there are guides out there.
    http://www.overclock.net/t/1150443/how-to-remove-your-nvidia-gpu-drivers#post15432476
    http://www.overclock.net/t/988215/how-to-properly-uninstall-ati-amd-software-drivers-for-graphics-cards
    please note that if you have an amd chipset/cpu that following the amd manual uninstall is not advised.
    if you are having problems this can help narrow down that drivers are not causing the issue. its likely you are just overclocked too far. back down a few mhz or so. the difference between 1150mhz and 1125mhz is like 1-2 fps and isnt going to cause gaming performance to be any less or more enjoyable. hope this helps.


    My GPU: GeForce 8800 GT. My CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E7200 @ 2.53GHz. And my OS if it helps: Windows 7 ultimate. Driver versions 331.82 most recent update. Memory: 2GB RAM (2.00 GB usable). Thank you for your answer :D
  5. your setup is pretty old. how long has the gpu been overclocked? if its been like 6 years then i would probably chalk it up to aging devices. you can try lowering the voltages if you can to the gpu as its heat and voltages which may be taking their toll over time.
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