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Nvidia Windows Kernel Mode Driver Crashing in 8.1

Going insane. I've asked on Nvidia forums, and no one answers with something helpful. I can't find a way to contact nvidia directly, apparenty not an option.

Basically, this has been happening since day one. I started out with windows 7 on a brand new pc running a geforce 670, then when i updated to windows 8...
While gaming, and while not, freezing, crashing. Mostly it's when I game but it's an overall lethargic feeling of constant worry over what will make it angry.

I've tried clean installs, wipe drivers, tried every tip i could find, frankly. Nothing works.

I'm really over it. At this point I kind of am so frustrated that I wish I hadn't gone with them at all. Shouldn't have these issues! Uck.

Any advice?

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.50GHz
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 686MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. SABERTOOTH Z77 (LGA1155) 25 °C
Graphics
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (ZOTAC International) 30 °C
Storage
119GB OCZ-VERTEX4 (SSD)
931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 (SATA)
Optical Drives
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  1. What game are you trying to play. Have you tried playing in windows 7 compatibility?
  2. WoW. Never heard of playing windows 7 compatibility? If that's what I assume it is.
  3. Windows 8 still has some problem with the drivers and the optimization of games. What game are trying to play?
  4. If you are overclocking your GPU, that is your problem. Don't do it and you should be good.
  5. It is a Nvidia issue with all Windows 8 and 8.1 revisions. Nvidia driver levels offer no joy. 5 days on the project with 2 PCs, one AMD and one Intel. Also used several Nvidia compatible cards. Unsure if Windows or Nvidia at "FAULT" but have some support that Nvidia owns this embarrassment. Bought an AMD Radeon, and back up and running at plug-in for he new card! Lesson? Since Radeon works, my guess is Nivida getting very poor at their jobs. OH and NO, repeat NO overclocking or other excuses for poor drivers found here. ;)
  6. That's news to me nvidia having problems with windows 8. But also i am using amd card on windows 8 so i can't say for sure if Nvidia is the culprit. This is out of topic but i started hating nvidia after what they did with the watch dogs!!!
  7. Restore to factory setting (make a clean format of your pc) if using window 8 just reset the window, after that do not update windows especially for the update call "window kernal". I think this may cause the problem. Hope solve your problem.
  8. Best answer
    The recent Nvidia Drivers, including 344.11, caused my computer to be very slow, to lock up, and to have kernel errors that lock up the computer and black out the monitor.

    No solutions came from Nvidia.

    Just before my last lock up, my Norton service told me that the Nvidia Streamer Service was using all of the resources (i7 processor, 16GB, 3.4Ghz) I went into Task Manager, Services, and permanently disabled Nvidia Streamer Service. This solved my problems.

    Nvidia did not attempt to solve the problem or put this out as a fix. Apparently they decided to throw away their core business of video cards, and screw those of us who bought them, in favor of some half baked gameing idea.

    I urge you to stop buying Nvidia video cards.
  9. yeah i am also having the same issue and from what i can tell i have pretty much the same build on my rig as well. i tried the fixes i have found and nothing is working. i do know if i put the game in windowed mode it lasts longer with out crashing.

    i even rolled back the driver to see if that helped and it did not so now i guess another game that has so many problems it was not worth the money imo.

    i have issues with watch dogs and assassins creed black flag cant play that ether ubi soft sent me this massive work around but still i didn't pay to not play a game
  10. hi everyone, i'm having the same freezing issues while playing games like dota 2 since i updated my NVIDIA driver. i surfed through all kind of forums to find out the solution, the only thing worked in my case was changing the preference emphasizing in NVIDIA Control Panel to "Performance"...well by doing this i ran all kind of games perfectly without any issue for 2 weeks. but now, everything rolled back to previous freezing state, with no reason...you try the same...it may work well for you for a longer period...good luck!
  11. Critically said:
    The recent Nvidia Drivers, including 344.11, caused my computer to be very slow, to lock up, and to have kernel errors that lock up the computer and black out the monitor.

    No solutions came from Nvidia.

    Just before my last lock up, my Norton service told me that the Nvidia Streamer Service was using all of the resources (i7 processor, 16GB, 3.4Ghz) I went into Task Manager, Services, and permanently disabled Nvidia Streamer Service. This solved my problems.

    Nvidia did not attempt to solve the problem or put this out as a fix. Apparently they decided to throw away their core business of video cards, and screw those of us who bought them, in favor of some half baked gameing idea.

    I urge you to stop buying Nvidia video cards.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
    I am totally with you on buying Nvidia cards again.............I had this computer custom built, bought the most expensve and newest component for every aspect of it, including the video card. This $4000 computer has had this issue more times than my previous Dell computer did in the 9-10 years I had it. Pathetic, I will go with AMD or anybody but Nvidia.
  12. having similar issues with latest driver 344.60 on my evga gtx 780 sc acx setup

    been an nvidia user for eons with no issues till now so i guess next = driver should resolve ssues as many people have complained to them
  13. Try to Disable Firewall , turn everything off , it worked for me !!
  14. Critically said:
    The recent Nvidia Drivers, including 344.11, caused my computer to be very slow, to lock up, and to have kernel errors that lock up the computer and black out the monitor.

    No solutions came from Nvidia.

    Just before my last lock up, my Norton service told me that the Nvidia Streamer Service was using all of the resources (i7 processor, 16GB, 3.4Ghz) I went into Task Manager, Services, and permanently disabled Nvidia Streamer Service. This solved my problems.

    Nvidia did not attempt to solve the problem or put this out as a fix. Apparently they decided to throw away their core business of video cards, and screw those of us who bought them, in favor of some half baked gameing idea.

    I urge you to stop buying Nvidia video cards.


    Since my inadvertent 8.1 upgrade lots of issues. However taking the recommendation of stopping the Nvidia Streamer Service with a similar CPU specs and Norton I stopped the Streamer Service and noticeable improvement on just the web browsing. The cursor not hanging or disappearing. Still trying to resolve driver issues I think there are more fingers to point at then just the video card maker. A very stable efficient cpu went to crap after this upgrade.
  15. there is currently no effective fix, I too am a gamer with a Windows 8.1 os ( later updated to pro ) it came factory installed with nividia and win8 however Windows 8 is proven to be the largest failure in Microsoft history as it is very unstable and tragically flawed in every way, you're best bet is to get a different graphics card or roll back to Windows 7 (Recommended) you may be able to system restore and only replace the os (note: this will delete all installed software including drivers and games however not likely to effect saves)
  16. I have had a similar issue i just fixed on windows 8.1 with Dual GTX 970's. Went to update the Nvidia driver from 347.25 to 347.52 and it would fail and then revert to old driver. I found first that my main SSD was almost full with only 900MB available. After moving files and uninstalling some old games had 10GB avail and tried again. The install of new Nvidia driver got farther but then screen flashed and went black. Crapped myself and after couple min of black did hard restart to load to 800x600 res and no video drivers. tried again and again same result. Then fired up laptop and started reading threads after screen blacked out again. Then after about 10min reading the screen flashed and went black again. waited 10 more min and screen came back to norm res and a installation complete dialogue!!!!! works great now. NVIDIA NEEDS DISCLAIMER to say if your screen blacks out or flashes dont worry and just wait 20 min and it will be all better
  17. Has anyone tried this (find most helpful answer on this link):

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/display-driver-nvidia-windows-kernel-mode-driver/46f1f9d0-313a-4182-a56f-1604edf04448?rtAction=1425955408343

    I am testing it now, but it seems to have helped so far. Let us know if it helps you too!
  18. I know this is an old thread, but i do have some insight into something everyone is overlooking and No one has mentioned anything about. I tried all the solutions above, more from just about every page I can find on google. non of which worked for the issue. So I started thinking outside the box.

    Step 1 : Started Windows and logged in. Not touching or doing anything, I left the pc alone for 30 min. All is good no crashing.

    Step 2: Started up any game or program, and there it is crashing again.

    Step 3: Already went through all the solutions on the web, started thinking about this. When the system is idle, power usage is minimal, start running anything that would increase graphic usage , and power is increased to the graphic card or cards.

    Step 4: Took a chance on the theory and Replace the power supply with a new one.

    End result, not a single driver crash. running hours of stress testing and gameplay on the system and still no crashes. How often do people upgrade their power supply? not untill they have to right. We upgrade graphics cards because they are faster, even if our current power supply can run everything at the time. but they do wear out. Just a thought for those who still have this problem when all else fails. It worked for me.
  19. Old thread but I was having driver crashes with my newly built PC. Just the graphics card tanking in game or just idling on chrome. I doubt it's a power supply issue. I'm gonna try some of the asolutions on here and post back tomorrow sometime :)
  20. Hi,

    I know this thread is quite old, but I am having the same issues since day one.

    I ordered a custom desktop, with Windows 8.1 and a GTX Titan Z.

    I have been getting random crashes in ALL games. Sometimes it would just freeze the game, and in rare cases even freeze the entire PC and restart.

    I have clean installed drivers, and also clean installed Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. I had the same issues on all the OS.

    On crashes I am getting a "Live Kernel Error 141" which suggest a GPU hardware error.

    I haven't tried underclocking yet. Also my card never goes above 83°C.

    I am running the latest Nvidia drivers. Have set windows to "High Performance" options.

    With no luck.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Jasper
  21. JasperYang said:
    Hi,

    I know this thread is quite old, but I am having the same issues since day one.

    I ordered a custom desktop, with Windows 8.1 and a GTX Titan Z.

    I have been getting random crashes in ALL games. Sometimes it would just freeze the game, and in rare cases even freeze the entire PC and restart.

    I have clean installed drivers, and also clean installed Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. I had the same issues on all the OS.

    On crashes I am getting a "Live Kernel Error 141" which suggest a GPU hardware error.

    I haven't tried underclocking yet. Also my card never goes above 83°C.

    I am running the latest Nvidia drivers. Have set windows to "High Performance" options.

    With no luck.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Jasper


    JasperYang said:
    Hi,

    I know this thread is quite old, but I am having the same issues since day one.

    I ordered a custom desktop, with Windows 8.1 and a GTX Titan Z.

    I have been getting random crashes in ALL games. Sometimes it would just freeze the game, and in rare cases even freeze the entire PC and restart.

    I have clean installed drivers, and also clean installed Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. I had the same issues on all the OS.

    On crashes I am getting a "Live Kernel Error 141" which suggest a GPU hardware error.

    I haven't tried underclocking yet. Also my card never goes above 83°C.

    I am running the latest Nvidia drivers. Have set windows to "High Performance" options.

    With no luck.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Jasper


    Hi

    Bought a pc last summer. Shortly after it started crashing periodically. Meaning the screen looses signal and starts showing a no signal message, the fans keep running and light remains in the cabinet.

    I disconnect from whatever Im logged on to - LoL/PoE/Skype/ventrilo whatever.

    Have to reboot manually using the buttons on the front panel.

    So, I get no error messages, no blue screen to help me out. Error log shows nothing but the a critical error (kernel power supply) which I suspect is from the reboot and not the actual crash.

    The company that sold me the computer has replaced the motherboard, the graphic card, RAM, the secondary hard drive.

    What remains is the CPU, the Solid state drive and the power supply.

    Seagate Barracuda 2TB SATA6 64MB 7200RPM (new)
    Kingston HyperX DDR3 PC1600 16GB (new)
    MSI Z97-G43 ATX VGA/HDMI/DVI (new)
    MSI GeForce GTX970 4GB GAMING (new)
    Intel Core i5 4570 3.2 GHz 4
    Club 3D CSP-D850CB Power supply ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.92
    Samsung 840 EVO MZ-7TE250 Solid state drive 250 GB intern 2.5

    I can not force the crash. It happens at all possible times. During gaming, during browsing, during idle time.

    I do every now and then get a the NVIDIA windows kernel mode driver, version XXX - error. And I say XXX cause this has happened over several driver versions and 3 different cards 770, 960 and 970.

    I strongly suspect the power supply of being the culprit here. Getting in touch with the vendor to make one last attempt at replacing the power supply.
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