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9800 GTX+ in SLI help please

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August 4, 2009 8:55:25 PM

Hi guys! I am in some major need of help. I have been posting on Evga forums but I havn't gotten any help yet so.. Your turn! :D 

Just got my second Evga 9800gtx+ today and SLI is enabled and its all working great at desktop. When I start a game I get display driver crashes and/or the game crashes. This doesn't happen in the game menu; it's when the map or what ever finishes loading.

My temps are low-last crash was 51c-and clocks are set to stock. and they are the exact same model 9800s.

EVGA 780i SLI mobo
750watt corsair PSU- Don't know too much about it- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
60amp +12v rail so.. thats good
4gigs of ram
uhh using the 190.38 drivers (the newest if the# is wrong) and I did driver sweeper in safemode.

tested in Trine and CoD4. Trine crashes, and CoD4 goes black screen for 5 seconds and says Selecting DVI output then the game plays again.

I put the new card in slot one--no SLI-- and played CoD4 for like 30 minutes 0 problems. so its not a faulty card.. I also reset my Cmos and put SLI back together with the TriSLI bridge but that didn't do anything.

I just did some more searching around and I found
http://www.bjorn3d.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21802
He's got exact problem as me and said its caused by windows Aero.

-Just went into like crappy windows 95 theme and I played for about 4 minutes with no problems then it just made CoD4 crash so that definitely made a difference.

If anymore info is needed post please I am desperate! THank you!

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a c 171 Î Nvidia
August 4, 2009 9:00:08 PM

firebug80 said:
Hi guys! I am in some major need of help. I have been posting on Evga forums but I havn't gotten any help yet so.. Your turn! :D 

Just got my second Evga 9800gtx+ today and SLI is enabled and its all working great at desktop. When I start a game I get display driver crashes and/or the game crashes. This doesn't happen in the game menu; it's when the map or what ever finishes loading.

My temps are low-last crash was 51c-and clocks are set to stock. and they are the exact same model 9800s.

EVGA 780i SLI mobo
750watt corsair PSU- Don't know too much about it- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
60amp +12v rail so.. thats good
4gigs of ram
uhh using the 190.38 drivers (the newest if the# is wrong) and I did driver sweeper in safemode.

tested in Trine and CoD4. Trine crashes, and CoD4 goes black screen for 5 seconds and says Selecting DVI output then the game plays again.

I put the new card in slot one--no SLI-- and played CoD4 for like 30 minutes 0 problems. so its not a faulty card.. I also reset my Cmos and put SLI back together with the TriSLI bridge but that didn't do anything.

I just did some more searching around and I found
http://www.bjorn3d.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21802
He's got exact problem as me and said its caused by windows Aero.

-Just went into like crappy windows 95 theme and I played for about 4 minutes with no problems then it just made CoD4 crash so that definitely made a difference.

If anymore info is needed post please I am desperate! THank you!

Try one of the older drivers or if you are feeling brave, try one of the beta's from here.
August 4, 2009 9:04:26 PM

I used www.Tweakforce.com drivers for quite awile and I loved them that was before this though.. K leme try some old drivers.. like 170.0s

Oh forgot something big, I am on Windows Vista 64bit
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August 4, 2009 9:09:55 PM

One thing I thought of is GPU bios might need to be flashed. My original EVga9800 GTX+ is one year old and my new one is.. 7/20/09 bios
a c 171 Î Nvidia
August 4, 2009 9:56:40 PM

firebug80 said:
One thing I thought of is GPU bios might need to be flashed. My original EVga9800 GTX+ is one year old and my new one is.. 7/20/09 bios

Shouldn't matter.
August 4, 2009 10:19:22 PM

My cards needed flashing, but one of them was factory overclocked. are the bioses the same in gpu-z, if not try 177 drivers.
August 4, 2009 10:30:11 PM

I just tested 190.58 and it was working great for 5 minutes then locked up... and the Bios versions are different but the Release date is the same. Aprl 1, 2008
August 4, 2009 10:50:40 PM

I am going to try to raise SPP volts and going to 182.08 drivers.

Hmm, now in COD4 it plays for a minute then freezes till i do Ctrl ALt Delete then it starts again.. very strange and getting me pissed
August 4, 2009 11:46:46 PM

still crashing with 182.08 and raising volts on SPP...
August 5, 2009 12:15:42 AM

Im crying
August 5, 2009 1:13:06 AM

I don't even know what I did but I just played prototype for 30 minutes with 0 crashes. problem was only 30fps.. and i got 30-40 with a single 9800. wow im almost about to go consoles..
a c 171 Î Nvidia
August 5, 2009 2:44:06 AM

Do you have nTune installed?
August 5, 2009 2:49:01 AM

No, EVGA PRecision.
I actualy had some good luck with 182.50 drivers. played for 10 mins all good then I had my first full lock; I had to hard reboot.
Then I tried 178.24 and they are extremely laggy and still crash.
So I think it is a driver issue.. but why are nearly all drivers causing crashes..
Keep posting please im going nuts. 15 hours working on this now I have to actually work tomarrow.

I have a feeling this is Vista 64bit problem. I am going to try windows 7 x86

Come on guys I really need some help here
a c 171 Î Nvidia
August 5, 2009 2:59:08 AM

I know of an 8800GT SLi rig that does not like Vista64 but runs fine on XP32, give it a try.
August 5, 2009 3:03:48 AM

I hope so, i've been having a lot of problems on 64bit. If I lose all my junk and still dont have SLI ima melt down. *cross fingers
a c 171 Î Nvidia
August 5, 2009 3:09:35 AM

I shall try to project happy thoughts across the interwibble for you.
August 5, 2009 3:11:51 AM

If you don't ill internets fight you

k installing windows 7. ill post back tomarrow
August 5, 2009 3:12:14 AM

If you have tried the OMEGA drivers and it still doesn't work then the only option you have is XP or Win 7......

Do you have a copy of XP 32?

If so try installing that with the same exact drivers that were working fine when you had a single GTX...

I had the same issue in Jan of this year and it would not run stable on any 64 bit OS(Windows Aero)......
August 5, 2009 3:23:57 AM

I had a SLI 9800GTX+ SC from BFG with a 680I mobo and i had crash but not like your. It was covering all my screen with color rectangle but the real picture was still viewable.

Well my solution was on the EVGA forum ( had BFG card ... ) but still this worked. I flashed the card with a new Bios that cancelled the IDLE of the card. The newer PCB ( smaller one with only one 6 pin connector ) had trouble to recover from an idle. Was like if the single 6 pin wasnt enough and the card were jamming. Well this Bios flash worked well.

Cant remember where i found it but it can be something like this. Take a look at the EVGA forum. there are nice EVGA tech that read the posts.
August 5, 2009 1:10:46 PM

Thanks for post. Right now im on Win7 and im still doing all the updates and bull. then Ill install CoD4 and give it a whirl. If that doesn't work it must be needing a flash.
Where can i find the Bios for a 9800 gtx+ i searched around and didnt find anything

Just checked my EVGA post. one repy for someone and he said make sure card is pluged in... 0 help, at least he answered with something.
August 5, 2009 1:43:28 PM

Just tested CoD4 single player... I have the SLI bar enabled so I can tell its working but 30 seconds in and it crashes.
August 5, 2009 4:02:44 PM

Just to be sure, how are the 2 cards temps ?

Using EVGA PRECISION you can see it while gaming with OSD ( on screen display ).

Search into EVGA forum for similar trouble with nice answer. Like i told thats where i found my answer for my SLI GTX+.
August 5, 2009 4:34:32 PM

PAIN IN THE ASS!

cards under load are about 63c-pretty damn low for 9800

Umm I just put my new card in slot one by its self for the 3rd time and played some CoD4 and i got a BSOD "System Halted contact manufacturer" or something similar

So... i guess newegg sold me a half broken card. sweet?
August 5, 2009 4:54:39 PM

Just played with original graphics card with no crashes or lag or any other bull. My fan was buged out though and i was running 86c.. freaked me out lol
August 5, 2009 4:54:54 PM

Anything I should try before I send back card..
August 5, 2009 5:00:35 PM

ever truied ONLY slot 2 ?
a c 171 Î Nvidia
August 5, 2009 5:05:30 PM

firebug80 said:
PAIN IN THE ASS!

cards under load are about 63c-pretty damn low for 9800

Umm I just put my new card in slot one by its self for the 3rd time and played some CoD4 and i got a BSOD "System Halted contact manufacturer" or something similar

So... i guess newegg sold me a half broken card. sweet?

My happy thought projection must have been messed up by sunspots or something. :( 
August 5, 2009 5:10:01 PM

My mobo - 780i SLI only allows a single card to be in slot one..
SEnding card back right now. Go newegg! free shipping
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