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New GTX470 freezes at login screen?

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May 13, 2010 7:32:19 AM

Hi, I've just recently completed a new build. Problem is, everything seems to be working fine, but after I installed the Nvidia drivers for the GTX470, it seems to be working fine until I login (eg when I actually input the username and password, and it displays "Welcome") when it suddenly freezes completely.

This has happened BOTH in Windows 7 AND Ubuntu (same symptoms, same freeze point). I am guessing somehow the 3d acceleration locks up the card.

The basic functions seem to work fine (up to 1280x1024 resolution, aero disabled etc) when the drivers aren't installed, but whenever I enable the drivers on either OS, it dies.

I wanted to ask the community here if this sounds like I got a dud card, and have to RMA it... :\

Everything is at factory settings.

EDIT: I forgot to post the system specs

1 x ($359.99) VGA EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GTX470
$359.99
1 x ($109.99) MEM 2Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
$109.99
1 x ($89.98) CASE CM|RC-922M-KKN1-GP BK RT
$89.98
1 x ($89.99) PSU CORSAIR|CMPSU-650TX 650W RT
$89.99
1 x ($199.99) CPU INTEL|CORE I5 750 2.66G R
$199.99
1 x ($94.99) HD 1T|WD 7K 64M SATAIII WD1002FAEX - OEM
$94.99
1 x ($199.99) MNTR VWSNC|LCD 23.6" 2MS VX2433WM R
$199.99
1 x ($24.99) DVD BRN ASUS | DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS% - OEM
$24.99
1 x ($9.99) CPU THERMPASTE|AS5-3.5G % - OEM
$9.99
1 x ($29.99) CPU COOLER CM| RR-B10-212P-G1 RT
$29.99
1 x ($189.99) MB ASUS|P7P55D-E PRO P55 R
$189.99
1 x ($-18.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #384947
$-18.00
1 x ($16.00) Electronic Waste Recycling Act15-34
$16.00
a b Î Nvidia
May 13, 2010 10:48:05 AM

Did you install the right driver for your card?
Did you tried the latest driver or even the older one?
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a c 81 Î Nvidia
May 13, 2010 1:48:24 PM

What drivers did you install .... the ones on the CD that came with the card or the new ones downloaded from the EVGA website ?
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May 13, 2010 5:01:30 PM

Latest drivers from Nvidia, 197.75. I also tried an old version of the driver for good measure (197.41) with the same problem.
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May 13, 2010 5:20:31 PM

Fermi requires a nuke to run right? I'm not to sure if that 650Watt will suffice for that. Theoretically it should but its hard to say just when the driver loads and configure the GPU.

It seems to fail when the driver loads and enable the other features of the card. Nvidia is not really forthcoming when it comes to the actual power draw of the Fermi cards.

The card start-up current may be a lot higher than what it suppose to be.
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May 13, 2010 5:35:36 PM

Hmm I'm not sure I guess. The EVGA box says 550W+, and I've seen that the corsair PSUs generally work well. But you're right, it could be a possibility. Any way I could test that?
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a c 171 Î Nvidia
May 13, 2010 10:31:50 PM

leon2006 said:
Fermi requires a nuke to run right? I'm not to sure if that 650Watt will suffice for that. Theoretically it should but its hard to say just when the driver loads and configure the GPU.

It seems to fail when the driver loads and enable the other features of the card. Nvidia is not really forthcoming when it comes to the actual power draw of the Fermi cards.

The card start-up current may be a lot higher than what it suppose to be.



210w is hardly a nuke. :pfff: 
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May 14, 2010 3:04:12 AM

Is your ram set at right timing and voltage? That power supply should be more than sufficent for a 470. You do have both plugs hooked up on the card,right?
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May 14, 2010 3:19:24 AM

DRAM is at 9-9-9-24-1N right now (motherboard auto default, just wanted to set up before messing around), running at 1.53 volts and 1333mhz (running P55 with a Core i-5 750 at stock)

versus the manufacture

CAS Latency 9-9-9-24-2N
Speed DDR3-1600 (PC3 12800)
Test Voltage 1.5 Volts

Which I feel should be fine..?


And yes both of the PCI-e cables from the PSU is hooked up.

Maybe I should test it on my friend's rig... that might take a while though, finals time :p 
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May 24, 2010 4:16:50 AM

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