Nvidia beta driver 163.44 install = BSOD

I'm not sure what's wrong with the configuration after installing the ForceWare beta driver ver. 163.44 http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_2k_163.44.html for Windows XP (specifically engineered to be more compatible with 'Bioshock' game) released a couple weeks prior. Upon restarting it caused the Blue Screen of Death.

Here's the following information I wrote down as appeared on BSOD:

*** Technical info:

STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x0BFA238C3, 0xB93F967C)

*** nv4_disp.dll - Address BFA238C3
base at BF9D3000, Datestamp 461F2d12

Beginning dump of physical memory
Dumping physical memory to disk: [1...2...3...so on]

I can't find the direct contact information to Nvidia technical support on their web site to forward this information regarding beta driver's incompatibility with my newly home-built gaming PC.

I went into safe mode, uninstalled nVidia driver, rebooted, same problem. Then I chose the "previously set configuration that works" at the bootup and it returned to normal without BSOD. I reinstalled the latest non-beta nVidia driver except for the beta driver.

My specs:

BFG NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI motherboard

PNY nVidia 8800 GTS 320 MB video card

Intel Core Duo 2 2.0 gHz CPU

2 GB Corsair TwinX memory modules

Seagate 250 GB hard drive

Cooler Master Elite 330 ATX Mid-Tower Case

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Duo 600W PSU

[EDIT] I find out that clicking on the download page leading to beta driver have a survey link. I sent them my report.

"Would you like to take a quick survey to help NVIDIA improve the new driver download process?"
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  1. I got it resolved by removing the older display drivers for nvidia then reboot to install 163.44 nvidia beta driver and restart once again.

    The current driver version I find is, is that identical to 163.44?

    I tried to load Bioshock demo but it repeatedly fail to load at all...
  2. Hmm try 'driver cleaner pro' and remove all nvidia drivers EXCEPT the MOBO/CHIPSET drivers.
    then reinstall the 163.44 drivers and try again. If you get the same problem then I am at a loss. Perhaps an older driver version?
  3. Actually had issues w/ the older drivers and updated to the 163.44 after removing the previous ones. After updating I've also changed the nVidia properties not to scale the native resolution of 1280x1024. So far I've had zero crashes as of yet...
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