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Problem with clearing drivers.

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December 29, 2009 8:59:45 PM

Ok so my GTX 295 was messing up in all sorts of games and stress tests, so I figured i had to clear the drivers. I did the following:
1. Deleted them via Programs and Features
2. restarted into safe mode
3. Cleaned the Nvidia chipset, display, and physx drivers with driver sweeper.
4. Restarted normally
5. Installed latest drivers from EVGA (my 295 is and EVGA one)

This fixed things for a little, but what do you know, more crashes. So i figured i removed the drivers wrong, so i cleaned up the same way as before, and reinstalled newest drivers. Well that made things so much more unstable, with artifacts and pixelation left and right.

I noticed whenever i restart when removing the drivers, at the bottom right of my screen i see an icon that says vista is installing driver software. Is this the probelm? If so what do i do? If not, what is the real problem?
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December 29, 2009 9:27:41 PM

First of all, make sure you have the latest drivers directly from nVidia.
Vista installing generic drivers when none are present is perfectly normal, nothing to worry about there.

How hot is your GPU getting?
Please post your idle and load temps for it and you CPU.
Are you having crashes in all games or only a select few?
Do you have anything overclocked/
If so, try returning everything to stock and see if you still get crashes.
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December 29, 2009 9:42:17 PM

outlw6669 said:
First of all, make sure you have the latest drivers directly from nVidia.
Vista installing generic drivers when none are present is perfectly normal, nothing to worry about there.

How hot is your GPU getting?
Please post your idle and load temps for it and you CPU.
Are you having crashes in all games or only a select few?
Do you have anything overclocked/
If so, try returning everything to stock and see if you still get crashes.


No overclock, and here are the temps:
Idle: 43, 44
Load: 70, 69

Do you think its defective? If so, I do have a limited lifetime warranty.
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December 29, 2009 11:39:47 PM

Boot into safe mode
Uninstall the drivers from control panel
Then use driver sweeper
Use CCleaner to check both files and registry, clean and fix.
Boot into windows
Install the latest Nvidia Drivers from their site, not the EVGA drivers!

If that fails and you dont mind trying again, do all of the above except for adding in another step before booting back into normal windows. So, whilst your in safe mode, use regedit to clean out any entries still left in your registry. You can use control F to open the search box within regedit and search for Nvidia. Delete everything you find, BUT if you have an Nvidia chipset motherboard, and are not familiar with regedit then I recommend you dont do this step.

Still fails, then its an RMA, contact EVGA for an RMA.
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