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HALP Crysis BSOD constantly

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August 25, 2009 6:34:12 PM

This is my situation:

Whenever I run Crysis, either Crysis or Crysis Warhead, or even Crysis Wars, my system will BSOD with the error "STOP 0x000008E, nv4_disp.dll failed/has stopped responding," or something to like that. Sometimes it happens 1 hour into the game, sometimes 30, 15, or less. Before it crashes, I notice something like screen tearing, or big blocks popping onto the screen and going away, and within a few seconds my system will BSOD! I have heard this can be RAM related.

I run Crysis @1920x1080 @ High and equivalent settings for Warhead. BSOD occurs in directx 9 XP-32 and directx 10 Win7-64. I have tried drivers 186.XX, and 190.38 and 190.62(the latest i think) both XP and Win7. And they all give me the same problem!!!

I am thinking it's a system stability issue, or graphics card heating up too much causing an error. I am able to run Warhammer online at 1920x1080@highest settings without problems all day, but as soon as I try crysis my system will BSOD.

My temps in Crysis are:
cores: never above 55C
GPU: gets up to 70C and stays there... which to me is hot, but not THAT hot right? GPU goes to 75C and hovers in win7. @ highest fan speed.


warhammer online:
cores: <55C
gpu: <65C hovers at 60C @60% and 70% fan speed

Setup:
i7-920, P6T, 6GB Corsair 1600, 9-9-9-24, evga 9800gtx+ superclocked edition (which is 756 core, 1123 mem), corsair 650w TX powersupply (i don't think it's a powersupply issue).
I am O/C'd to 3.66 GHZ, 1464ghz ram, with 1.20vcore Prime 95 and memtest and windows memory test passed. Crashes have happened at 3.4, 3.5, 3.6ghz, at 1.2 to 1.275 vcores....

What I want:
To keep my O/C AND be able to play crysis. Does anyone have any suggestions? Would raising Vcore help? I have tried it as high as 1.275 but it will still BSOD.

What I need to test but haven't yet:
Test crysis and stock CPU settings, 2.66ghz. As of now I haven't Isolated that it's a GPU problem by not doing this.

I have noticed my Crysis BSOD's a lot faster now, don't know if it's because of the level I'm on or what, but it used to run for 1-2 hours, but lately it's like 30 min or less before I BSOD.

I think it could be my GPU, maybe the gpuram isn't keeping up with all the textures at 1920x1080 high settings... I don't know. Other games run fine, warhammer online and Bioshock in directx10 do not BSOD and run perfectly at highest settings.

*I will test at stock settings and see if I BSOD when I get home tonight*

but please any suggestions?
a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2009 6:42:26 PM

The 'nv4_disp.dll' points to the nVidia display drivers. Have you cleaned them and installed updated ones?
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August 25, 2009 6:53:47 PM

First thing I would do is set all your hardware b ack to factory and see if you can run crysis then. You can have much higher vcore settings. Usually they need to be set around 1.4 to have stable overclock. How long did you run prime 95 burn in test? you might need to adjust your notrh bridge and south bridge voltages. You might even have to adjust your vram voltage. My voltages are 1.45 cpu, 1.22 northbridge, 1.2 southbridge, and 1.5 for vram. I really dont think your voltages are high enough for a stable overclock.
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August 25, 2009 6:55:13 PM

I haven't tried any driver cleaning software in XP. I just installed over the old ones in XP.

In Win 7 I uninstalled drivers, booted in safe mode and installed new ones each time to test out the drivers, 186.xx & 190.38 & 190.62

Is there a way better way to clean them besides using "uninstall drivers" from the device manager?
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August 25, 2009 6:58:58 PM

chef7734 said:
First thing I would do is set all your hardware b ack to factory and see if you can run crysis then. You can have much higher vcore settings. Usually they need to be set around 1.4 to have stable overclock. How long did you run prime 95 burn in test? you might need to adjust your notrh bridge and south bridge voltages. You might even have to adjust your vram voltage. My voltages are 1.45 cpu, 1.22 northbridge, 1.2 southbridge, and 1.5 for vram. I really dont think your voltages are high enough for a stable overclock.



Thanks, I will try raising my vcore and adjusting my north and south bridge. I am on D0 stepping. My prime tests are for 4 hours... haven't tried longer. I have tried adjusting my ram anywhere from 1.56-1.66 and BSOD still occurs.
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August 25, 2009 7:02:18 PM

macelo said:
Thanks, I will try raising my vcore and adjusting my north and south bridge. I am on D0 stepping. My prime tests are for 4 hours... haven't tried longer. I have tried adjusting my ram anywhere from 1.56-1.66 and BSOD still occurs.

You should not even tink of running anything till you get atleast 24 hours of prime 95 burn in test if not 48. I still say drop everyting back to factory and run the game and see if it runs. If it does then it is defently the oc. If it does not you need to look elsewhere.
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August 25, 2009 7:11:35 PM

This is probably unrelated but I will share something odd that happens with my computer.

Whenever I do a bios change, any change. I first have to boot into windows and than do a full shut down. Press the power button and boot back up and the ocmputer is fast and super stable no matter what. Crysis, Farcry2 for hours on end.

If I do a bios update or unplug it (bad weather). and just do a restart...., blue screens after a while. I can reboot 10 time and it will continue to blue screen eventually.

But...., If I do a full shutdown and the power it back...., she purrs like a kitten...

Don't know why.

Probably not your deal but just thought I would let you know sometimes its the weirdest thing.
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August 25, 2009 7:16:09 PM

@chef
will run @ stock tonight, if BSOD i dunno
if works @ stock I will adjust my voltages in my O/C. start at 1.325vcore and go from there.

@warezme
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a b U Graphics card
August 25, 2009 7:16:12 PM

if you get the 'nv4_disp.dll' error.... 99.9% of the time it is an issue with the display drivers.... make sure you uninstall anything that has to do with nvidia and reinstall latest drivers.... I had the same exact issue with a 9800GTX+ and after a clean driver install the issue dissapeared.......
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August 25, 2009 7:23:19 PM

OvrClkr said:
if you get the 'nv4_disp.dll' error.... 99.9% of the time it is an issue with the display drivers.... make sure you uninstall anything that has to do with nvidia and reinstall latest drivers.... I had the same exact issue with a 9800GTX+ and after a clean driver install the issue dissapeared.......


Thanks, I haven't done a clean safemode driver uninstall reinstall for the longest time. It just seems like ever since nvidia has gone to the drivers where u install them in windows and reboot, i've gotten lazy. Will do though.
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August 25, 2009 9:29:33 PM

if your gpu is overclocked, reset it to stock. maybe its overheating
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August 25, 2009 11:44:29 PM

I just tried setting my system to stock settings, 2.66ghz, auto vcore, 1600ghz ram. Crysis still BSOD'd. Did a clean uninstall and reinstall of 190.62 in safe mode. gonna test it now out. I will try downclocking my gpu, but it probably won't make a difference. Right now it's at 756 core, which is stock for superclocked version.
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