Hi, I recently got a 8800 GTX and have installed it in my computer. Since then I have been experiencing BSODs and one of the programs I rely on is crashing with a .... has stopped responding message.
The new card uses 2 power supplies in place of the single power supply of the old card.
I have tested my memory incase I knocked it during the installation using windows 7 mem test. I tried spybot search & destroy, CC cleaner for my registry. I used a driver cleaner before installed the new nvidia drivers.
Im thinking to reinstall windows.
Windows task manager shows that Im using mostly Physical memory with only 290mb paged and 74 non paged memory being used (when using 70% physical memory is this normal?
Any help would be appreciated.
Asustek P5E Intel X38 Chipset Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Q9550 Quad Core 2.83Ghz 12Mb Cache
Corsair 4GB DDR2 800 Memory C4 DHX (2 x 2Gb)
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM SATA II HDD's
Asustek 2014 20X DVD Writer SATA
Antec P182 Case
Corsair 620HX Modular Power Supply
Thermalright Ultra 120 CPU Cooler
One other things I just thought of is that I overclocked my processor in winter. Now Its summer here I'm running maxwell with core temp and saw a high of 70C, with averages of 50-60C I think in winter it was running around 40-50C. Maybe the new video card + summer is creating more heat?
Check the GPU temps as well as the CPU temps.
It's probably a good idea to dial back the overclock during a testing period. That would help your CPU temps and also reduced the power load on the PSU.
You might also try one of the older 8800GTX drivers. Occasionally an 'improvement' to one are of the drivers (gaming optimization) has had an adverse effect on other software's performance. Is there a support forum for Maxwell Render? Ask around there what driver other 8800GTX owners are having success with.
I wouldn't assume that the program crashing and the BSODs are necessarily directly related. For example, the BSODs could be caused by a hardware issue while Maxwell Render could be caused by conflict with the graphic card's software. Again, that's just an example.
Also, I agree with WR2, revert all BIOS overclock settings to default until you can isolate the problem. Reinstalling the OS is something I typically consider a last resort.
If you can get the error message given by the BSOD, it will certainly help to solve the problem. Go to System Properties > Startup and Recovery > Uncheck the box that says "Automatically restart" This will allow you to read the specific error code that Windows is kicking out.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I have changed the driver and maxwell render seems to be more stable, it hasnt crashed yet as opposed to very time before. I have had BSOD and using bluescreenview have seen that 2 of the 3 are resulting from hal.dll and another from ntoskrnl.exe
The most recent crash started there was a unresolvable hardware problem.
I might put my old card back in and see if I get a more stable system.
Hey Thanks everyone for your help. I seem to have gotten over the program crashing issue with the driver re-install. Im still geting BSOD but now I have increased the fan speed on my case seems to not be happening very often so i think its a heat issue. Im thinking when i have time over the weekend Ill try and might play around with my overclocking settings.