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GTX 285 - Game freezes / crashes

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June 19, 2009 10:40:53 PM

solved: Either using driver sweeper or turning fan speeds up a notch stopped the crashes. Don't know which one did it, but don't really care.

Alright, so whenever I play Fallout 3 or CoD: WaW (or any other game), the game runs fine for a while, often for a few hours.
Eventually though, the game freezes for a minute, and then I get thrown back to the desktop and get a message that a display driver has stopped responding.

I just updated to the latest drivers today, and I'm still experiencing the exact same problem.
According to the nvidia monitor, the GTX 285's temperature is at around 73C, so the card doesn't seem to be overheating.

Does anyone know what the issue could be?
June 19, 2009 11:10:30 PM

Hi Irkjab,

I have a very simular system using a EVGA GTX 285 and my system used to crash like that too. I was using Vista Premium 64 bit. I switched to the new Windows 7 RC 32 bit and now I have no problems whatsoever.
I think your problem may be in the 64 bit OS.
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June 19, 2009 11:32:02 PM

It may be that the 32 bit drivers do not have this issue, but unfortunately switching to a 32 bit os is not an option for me at the moment.

edit: also, I did not have this problem using the same drivers on my 8800GTS
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June 20, 2009 2:35:13 AM

I forgot to mention that I've also tried completely reinstalling the drivers
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June 27, 2009 7:33:50 PM

I've been talking to tech support from XFX, but they've yet to come up with a solution
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November 19, 2009 3:07:57 PM

irkjab said:
I've been talking to tech support from XFX, but they've yet to come up with a solution


Hi, did you solve your problem ? I have similar problems but on Windows 7, and before on windows XP.

I use XFX 285 GTX, befor e8800 GTS, never any problems.
I run on few years old PC, AMD 3200+ CPU, SATA raid, AN8 SLI m/b
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December 13, 2009 11:16:14 PM

I couldn't solve the problem so I RMA'd the card. The replacement works fine
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December 24, 2009 8:55:30 PM

Scratch that, its not fine, just got the error again playing sim city 4 of all things..
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December 25, 2009 8:42:25 PM

I have a similar problem with my GTX 295. However i thought it might be a heat issue so i keep the fan at 55 whenever playing a game and then no more crashing. However i also have this problem- ever since i updated drivers from the CD ones i can't tell my GPU temps. It either displays 0C or nothing at all.
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December 25, 2009 10:06:55 PM

Have you tried HWMonitor or SpeedFan to read the temps? I get the crash a lot less often when I turn up the speed to 50% as well. Too bad you have to set the speed every time you restart.
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December 25, 2009 11:03:58 PM

irkjab said:
Have you tried HWMonitor or SpeedFan to read the temps? I get the crash a lot less often when I turn up the speed to 50% as well. Too bad you have to set the speed every time you restart.


Yeah i tried everything, believe me. Its as if when i updated the drivers the temperature detectors on the card went away.
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December 25, 2009 11:50:13 PM

tried completely reinstalling the drivers?
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December 26, 2009 12:29:12 AM

irkjab said:
tried completely reinstalling the drivers?


Yep :( 
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December 26, 2009 7:19:10 PM

Did you use Driver Sweeper? If not do so in safe mode. You need to completely delete all instances of Nvidia files in your system 32 folder. Including Nvidia driver file repository folders. Make sure you have your fan speeds turned up when gaming. Use EVGA Precision. I run 2 gtx 285s SLI with Windows 7 64 bit and use the 195.62 drivers which work fine. You might want to make sure that your PSU has at least 20A on the 12 volt rail.
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December 26, 2009 9:45:36 PM

Do you know of a way to permanently change the fan speed for a card? With ntune at least I have to set it every time I restart. Not a terrible inconvenience in itself, but its very easy to forget
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December 26, 2009 11:04:56 PM

Good news! I used driver sweeper, reinstalled the newest drivers and i can finally see the temperatures. But it turns out my GPU still has some problem where it crashes at 60 C. Unfortunately GTX 295's usually stay at 65-70 C during games, so i only have 10 minutes to play at a time before i crash. Maybe 20 with the fan on high. Luckily EVGA is sending me a replacement.
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December 27, 2009 12:34:21 AM

UPDATE: I FIXED THE PROBLEM!

Turns out its not the hardware, you have to do the following for it to work right.

1. In windows remove the Nvidia drivers via Programs and Features
2. Restart in s=Safe Mode, and run Driver Sweeper
3. Restart normally once Driver Sweeper finishes
4. Download and install the latest drivers (i recommend from XFXs website)

For me this worked brilliantly. My card is usefull now! :D 
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December 27, 2009 2:52:08 PM

yannifb said:
UPDATE: I FIXED THE PROBLEM!

Turns out its not the hardware, you have to do the following for it to work right.

1. In windows remove the Nvidia drivers via Programs and Features
2. Restart in s=Safe Mode, and run Driver Sweeper
3. Restart normally once Driver Sweeper finishes
4. Download and install the latest drivers (i recommend from XFXs website)

For me this worked brilliantly. My card is usefull now! :D 


that's what I told you to do... congrats
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December 27, 2009 6:26:06 PM

dark_force said:
that's what I told you to do... congrats


Yeah I know, but I didn't expect it to solve the crashing as well. Thanks :D 
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December 27, 2009 6:54:59 PM

Now if only someone could find a solution for my nvlddmkm.sys problem
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December 27, 2009 10:44:39 PM

yannifb said:
Yeah I know, but I didn't expect it to solve the crashing as well. Thanks :D 


glad to help
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March 12, 2010 12:06:29 PM

dark_force said:
Did you use Driver Sweeper? If not do so in safe mode. You need to completely delete all instances of Nvidia files in your system 32 folder. Including Nvidia driver file repository folders. Make sure you have your fan speeds turned up when gaming. Use EVGA Precision. I run 2 gtx 285s SLI with Windows 7 64 bit and use the 195.62 drivers which work fine. You might want to make sure that your PSU has at least 20A on the 12 volt rail.


i was wondering if you could send me a link for the drive sweeper you used? Thank-you
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March 12, 2010 6:25:02 PM

You'd have saved a lot of time by just googling "driver sweeper"

In any case, here you go Driver Sweeper
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March 12, 2010 6:27:00 PM

Best answer selected by irkjab.
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