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Screen goes black when playing or red and computer freezes with any game on newest Nvidia drivers and older ones.

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March 2, 2014 8:08:35 PM

Okay so i left to my parents for the weekend, came back, computer was on but froze. Restarted and it went black after bios or sometimes after windows login. Thought it was my Asus 77-V mobo because all lights flashed. Bought the 77-A, same problems. Took it to a shop and they couldn't figure it out, ran linux fine, doom 3 on linux, no problems. He thought it was my OS.. so i re installed everything. At first it worked but when i updated to newest Nvidia drivers it wouldn't let me play a game my screen would go black or red. My computer isnt over heating and my gpu seems fine. The error it gave me after going black (when it rarely recovered) says "Display driver stopped responding and has recoverd:

Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 306.97 stopped responding and has successfully recovered" now, i know thats an old version but even after installing all nvidia drivers and evga experience updates, it still goes black and puts my monitor in power saving mode and rarely recovers. I had to msconfig my gpu to even get on chrome and rollback drivers to ask for help because i'm not taking it back to those idiots at the shop. Thanks!!
Intel i5 3570k 3.4ghz
EVGA GeForce 660 TI 2gb
Asus Z-77
8 gb sabertooth ram i think
Raidmax 850w 80 rated
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March 2, 2014 8:19:55 PM

i would use ccleaner to uninstall drivers then go to nvidias site and reinstall, i know you already did but something could have happened in the installation process, can you run any graphic stress test?
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March 2, 2014 8:23:06 PM

It happened before and after installation. Out of nowhere the first time. Thought it was mobo since all lights were blinking. i'll use ccleaner then try to reinstall. I havent tried a stress test. It wouldnt let me even load chrome without it going black
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March 2, 2014 8:30:30 PM

hmmm do you have another pciex16,8,4 slot? try the graphics card in that and let me know if it runs games or acts the same
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March 2, 2014 8:44:48 PM

Its brand new though, and yes on my old mobo i tried that, but not on the new one because i literally just bought it last week. But i'll try.
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March 2, 2014 8:55:06 PM

blunteezy said:
Its brand new though, and yes on my old mobo i tried that, but not on the new one because i literally just bought it last week. But i'll try.


ok let me know if it works, if it does that means yuou have a faulty pcie slot and should rma
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March 2, 2014 9:19:28 PM

Didn't work. Argh.
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March 3, 2014 12:50:44 AM

Hi! Apolgies for joining late!

First of all, try booting into safe mode. If your PC boots into windows fine in safe mode then the problem is indeed a software/driver issue and not hardware related (In most cases). If you can successfully boot into safe mode I would suggest removing any and all software related to Nvidia using an advanced uninstaller such as IObit Uninstaller, and then re-install the latest drivers.

In my experience the 'Display driver stopped responding and has recoverd' error occurs during and unsuccessful overclock on a GPU. Have you overclocked your 660Ti at all? If not, just as a possible solution you could try reducing your GPU clocks a little to see if it solves the problem. If it does it might be that there was a surge of some kind (Hence why the PC was frozen upon your arrival) which damaged your GPU in some way.

Apologies, but I cannot clearly see what drivers you are currently running, as you mention the use of older drivers? If this is the case try wiping all drivers both using the uninstaller and then manually, and then installing the latest drivers from Nvidia's website, and you could even try one of the BETA drivers. If this does not work, try installing a drier that is two or three revisions behind the latest one.

Let me know what results you get and we'll see what happens from there. =)
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