Just got a new system. Have spent two weeks trying to solve this. Several newer games (e.g. Comp. of Heroes, World in Conflict, Colonization IV: Civilization) are constantly freezing up or going into a sound loop with a frozen screen. I have tried all series of driver from 175 up to 178.13. 178.13 was the worst. I have updated all chipsets, drivers, etc. and have run memtest, etc. I used driver sweeper between installs. I can run FEAR, COD 2, and Brothers in Arms so far with no problems. I have tried lowering the resolution, turned AA off, etc. I am pulling my hair out b/c what is the point of paying for a higher-end card if I can't even run games, to say nothing of cranking up the resolution, effects, etc. I am running XP 32-bit Home Edition, SP3. I have nothing overclocked. My fan has the video card running at ~45C idle, ~55C or so under load. Would love any help. Here are my system specs:
Hi I had been having loads of problems running games aswell (artifacts, crashing, freezing, strange colours) so I turned down the GPU core and Shader clock speed from 738Mhz/1836Mhz to the normal gtx speeds (GPU core 675Mhz and Shader 1688Mhz). On the whole this seems to have stabilised the system. I will trying turn it back up to factory clock speeds after the next driver release I think.
It was a simple painless workaround for me using Nvidias performance tool (available on the nvidia site) I hope it helps.