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Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and was recovered.

Recently built a new gaming computer, maybe about 4 weeks ago, computer part list here: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Extilen/saved/d6ZFf7

Everything on it works great except for one big hiccup, the display driver crashes when I play games. At first, I thought it was just one game: World of Warcraft; several minuets into game play, the driver would crash repeatedly until the game would crash. I got blizzard's technical support to help me out with it, they walked me through every idea to diagnose it and fix it. Finally after uninstalling/cleaning my computer of my display driver twice and several other painfully long diagnostics, they came up with the idea of under clocking my GPU. Luckily it worked, for a while... Every now and then (several hours after gaming) the game will crash along with the driver. I currently have it under clocked by 30 MHz via MSI Afterburner.

It's a bit of a pain knowing that it's not fixed and quit tiring to have to open MSI Afterburner every time I start my computer up to make sure it's under clocked.

So far I know there are no memory problems, no heat problems, no hard drive corruptions. Any ideas here? Anyone else had the dreaded TDR error?
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    If under clocking fixes it, chances are the card has a defect.

    You can try 39mhz under to see if it is any better. Nvidia cards(Kepler and newer) tend to go 13 at a time making your 30 into 26 instead.

    If that fixes it, I would high recommend you RMA the card or at least get some diagnostics with the cards maker.

    I have noticed that some of the cards do in fact boot higher than they can maintain stability.
  2. nukemaster said:
    If under clocking fixes it, chances are the card has a defect.

    You can try 39mhz under to see if it is any better. Nvidia cards(Kepler and newer) tend to go 13 at a time making your 30 into 26 instead.

    If that fixes it, I would high recommend you RMA the card or at least get some diagnostics with the cards maker.

    I have noticed that some of the cards do in fact boot higher than they can maintain stability.


    Thanks, I'll look into an RMA after I conduct more tests. Just want to make sure that it's definitely the GPU.
  3. If the clock speeds fix it then yes it is the gpu.

    I had the exact same thing happen with a GTX 670. It was clocking too high and would crash in some games. Less demanding games(with V-sync on) would not because the card would not have to clock up as high.
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