System Bios: Date 1/22/08
Sytem BIOS Version: Nvidia -42302e31 Phoenix – AwardBIOS v6.00PG
VIDEO BIOS Date 1/12/08
VIDEOBIOSVERSION: Version 62.92.24.00.02
Originally built in FEB 2008. In JAN 2010 it appeared that one of the 8800gt’s went bad. After removing it the PC worked fine and I noticed very little (if any) decrease in performance. Recently I added a second monitor for dual-mode since I was no longer running SLI.
This week my PC started to freeze during gaming requiring a hard reboot. Updated my Nvidia drivers to 270.61. Seemed OK just a little difficulty with the digitally signed drivers (happens a lot) so this time I disabled driver signature checks in Vista and reinstalled the drivers. PC was still intermittently locking-up when gaming and then as of last night also when the screen-saver came on.
On my last reboot the 8800gt is now not recognized by windows (Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. Code 43) although it is doing some sort of default display through the card that looks ok with intermittent purple lines showing for a moment only when rebooting.
Pulled the card, cleaned and reseated it. No change.
Note: I am a little wary of trying the extreme bake-over solution although I hear it works.
Any suggestions on trouble-shooting this? I am new to these forums so please pardon my noobsauce if this has been covered before elsewhere.
Did I corrupt my drivers ? If so, any tips on a fix?
Could this be a BIOS or Video BIOS issue?
Should I just replace and upgrade? If so, would this card be a good choice to go with my ancient mobo without bottle-necking too badly?
EVGA 02G-P3-1559-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
You may as well try the extreme bake solutions (on both cards if you have the second one. It seems to address crappy soldering issues, but to me seems more likely to damage a card than fix it. Even so you don't have anything to loose so if one of the cards works afterwards mission accomplished ^_^.
For a new card get a faster GTX 460 (non SE) or Radeon 6850 for the price of that 550. Heck some of the cards are even cheaper than that 550.
Thanks for the replies! I still think the video driver is corrupted and might try a walkthrough I found on the EVGA site to repair the remaining card.
It is working in some sort of pass thru mode and I can run my PC in 1680 x 1050 as long as I don't do anything too graphic intensive like gaming or run a screen saver.
I can still stream video from the web no problem. Windows just says the card is not there.
@mousemonkey I never really seemed to get that much better performance with SLI but it is so possible I borked that setup somehow. I don't overclock my processor but It's good to know that the 680i is still viable. Ty sir =)
@megamanx00 I liked that 550 because of the 2 gigs of ram but it seems i might be better with this:
Code 43 isn't good, I tried to bake a card that had that error and it did not work. I suggest that you go ahead and replace the card. Be careful about Fermi cards though as some tend to be very poor quality.
I went thru the very helpful trouble shooting guide on the EVGA forums with no progress yet. I will only bake the cards if I can't arrange an RMA.
I'll contact EVGA after the holiday and see if they can help. Would anyone recommended a solid EVGA card for > $150.00
So far I have heard:
Don't get an SE card
The Fermi processors are poor quality
The 5 series isn't as good as the 4 series
Stay away from the 4-series because of cooling
As for cooling. I run a very light hardware machine with 4 decent case fans and a lil' EVGA mobo GPU fan in the Antec and never saw my 8800gt's go above 89c (even in summer) that I can recall. I don't overclock but I do like to run games on high settings when possible.
I really want to stick with EVGA NVIDIA but I am open to other options.
Any direction on next steps would be welcomed because I want to place the order ASAP =)
I thought I was getting a better deal with the card in my OP with 2GB GTX 550 ti but I don't know anymore. Does more vram balance out less pwer in the processors?
It can use all that it is given but the gpu may be to weak as fps is concerned. Such cards are only meant for a small segment of the population that have higher memory requirements such as games with large texture packs ect.