GT730 Display Driver Crashes (black flickering)

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the long post, I figured the best course of action would be to get as much information out there as I could. So, it's story time, because this has persisted for so long.

Back in September, there was an incident involving liquid damage to my PC, and I replaced my GPU and RAM at that time. I started getting BSOD's, so replaced each part individually until no original components were left except for the CPU. At this point, I ran sfc/scannow.

The problem with the display began after I replaced the motherboard. These crashes are seemingly random - they'll happen while gaming, using MS Word or running LabSim in the browser for homework, or just sitting there doing nothing. The blue screens were less frequent after the sfc/scannow, but still there (with so many different stop codes). I troubleshooted for what felt like an eternity. I eventually broke down and, earlier this week, replaced both the GPU and MOBO.

Initially, the NVIDIA driver would fail. I ended up in NVIDIA chat support and they walked me through installing via Device Manager rather than using the installer. I didn't reboot my PC right away, but used it for another eight hours or so before bed crash free. The next morning (Wednesday) I turned on the computer and the crashes were back, along with blue screens. After messing around with the computer trying to find a solution online, I ran a clean install of Windows 10. When that didn't work, running sfc/scannow produced a result saying there were problems that it couldn't fix. I upgraded to the anniversary update and, while the blue screens seem to have vanished, so have the pop ups saying the driver crashed and recovered. Unfortunately, the display drivers are still an issue.

I've since tried underclocking the GPU, reinstalling the drivers, doing yet another clean install, switching my RAM to dual-channel (don't know why I thought this would work, and BIOS only detected one module when I did this), and swapped back to the previous MOBO and GPU at one point thinking maybe it was just one of them and not both. Nothing seems to fix the problem.

I'm at my wit's end, guys. At this point I'm thinking I'm better off building a new PC, but at the same time most of the components in this PC are new and I still can't figure out what's going on.

Specs:
CPU: AMD FX-8320 8-core
MOBO: Asus M5A78L-M Plus/USB3 (same as the one I replaced it with)
GPU: Gigabyte GT730
RAM: 2x4GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600, single channel
PSU: EVGA 400W. That's all I remember, it was purchased about a year ago.
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  1. Did you try a clean Windows setup? Did Gigabyte send you a replacement card to try?
  2. hang-the-9 said:
    Did you try a clean Windows setup? Did Gigabyte send you a replacement card to try?


    I have tried a clean Windows setup, with no avail. I had purchased my card locally, and replaced it at the store with no success.

    Nvidia just put out a new driver update (version 378.92). Installed just a few minutes ago. If that fails then I'll get in touch with Gigabyte for an RMA. Meanwhile, just noticed in Event Viewer that there are errors being thrown out involving my graphics tablet, but no way to tell if it's related yet.
  3. Just noticed that the BIOS only detected one of your RAM modules when you tried to run them in dual channel, that is not right. If you have two RAM sticks, it should be running in dual channel. This may be a bad motherboard or RAM issue. Have you tried running one RAM stick at a time or with different RAM? You tried different motherboards already from what you posted.

    Have you checked the temperatures of the CPU and video card?
  4. hang-the-9 said:
    Just noticed that the BIOS only detected one of your RAM modules when you tried to run them in dual channel, that is not right. If you have two RAM sticks, it should be running in dual channel. This may be a bad motherboard or RAM issue. Have you tried running one RAM stick at a time or with different RAM? You tried different motherboards already from what you posted.

    Have you checked the temperatures of the CPU and video card?


    I have not done this since replacing with the current motherboard, but I have reseated and it works fine in single channel. I will try the RAM modules one at a time once I finish homework. I'm currently starting to think that my issue falls under "maybe there was still moisture in the original MOBO when I replaced RAM #1" but not 100% sure. I do have money budgeted for a new RAM kit at worst, though, but one can hope it isn't the problem.

    Also as a side note: I didn't have the latest DirectX installed. I realized this about half an hour ago, when trying to install Final Fantasy XIV. I've installed this, and haven't crashed today. It seems like my crash frequency has been halved since installing the latest driver update.
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