If any of you are more tech savy than myself I'm up(begging actually) for suggestions, here is what is happening and why I have almost pulled out what little hair I have left . First off here are my system specs:
Intel q6600 Core 2 Quad
8GB G Skill Pi Black DDR2 800 RAM (PC 6400 )
Asus P5N-D Motherboard
700W Rocketfish PSU
Nvidia 9800 GTX+ 1GB Factory OC
1TB ST31000340AS Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 HDD
Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit OS SP1
Here is what has been going on, the P5N-D mobo is new to this machine, so I install it Monday afternoon, (flash the newest BIOS,move the jumpers on the mobo and clear the CMOS), format the hard drive and take off, Windows installs no problem, reboot, I install the drivers for my motherboard/chipset, reboot, no problems. Next I move on to the GPU drivers since windows is only recognizing it as an 8MB generic VGA adapter at this point, as soon as I go to reboot after the GPU drivers install the system slows down and I either get just a black screen after the Windows bar scrolls af few times or sometimes I even make it to the Welcome screen before it locks up and eventually BSOD's with a Windows error, but it is recognizing the GPU at this point b/c the resolution is much higher b/c instead of giant fonts, everything is back to like it was before this madness. I can then boot from my CD, restore Windows to before I installed the driver for the GPU and it boots and everything is back to resolutions like my grandfather would like so he could see. Here is a list of things I have done and already tried so I dont waste anyones time:
1. I have tried using some older nVidia drivers after scrubbing the new one off.
2. I ran a Windows mem test with no errors.
3. I put Artic Silver on the CPU before installing my Freezer Pro 7
4. Tried using Windows repair from the CD and it tells me some nonsense about a camera etc.. being installed on the system?? (There is none)
5. Popped the card in my old set up to make sure it didnt flake out.
I would suggest looking into the power supply and see if it is able to work with the card. It is the amperage that makes more of a difference with the card than the wattage.
I am running the 8800gtx and the power reqs. should be similar
The card is a BFG Tech btw, and yes the PSU has enough amps on the 12V rail for the card, I was running it on my old mobo with the same PSU for the last year or so with the same RAM etc..., thanks for the underclock suggestion, I havent tried that yet.