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Driver stopped responding - Issues with 2 different cards

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October 22, 2011 12:57:54 PM

About 2 years ago a build a PC:

i7 920
ASUS P6T
6GB DDR3 Ram (Can't remember the brand for the life of me)
Gainward GTX295
Corsair Tx850w PSU
Antec 1200

Right from the start I had issues with the video card; the driver would apparently reset, causing the screen to go black then return giving a message that the kernel mode driver (nddvlkm or something, I don't really remember) has stopped responding and has recovered. I would often get artifacts too. It would sometimes give a BSOD too. I took the card out and replaced it with my HD4850, which works fine with no issues.

I figured the issue with the GTX295 was a driver issue so I left it out for a while. Now what I need it's extra power to be able to play any recent games, I put it back in. I got the same issues. I've tried it in different PCIE slots (both x16). It worked better in a different PCIE slot. I didn't notice the driver resting, but I did get artifacts at one point so I decided that the issue wasn't solved. It seemed to work perfectly with multi-GPU disabled though I didn't test it for all that long.

Now I have my HD4850 back in, and it works perfectly for the most part. However, last night I had the display driver reset with a similar message to what my GTX295 gave. It also BSOD'd, though I don't remember the code.

I've RMA'd the GTX295, assuming it's a component breaking down or faulty or something, but now I'm worried that it's a PSU issue or something else.

Any help is appreciated, but I'm not willing to format and reinstall Windows at the moment (I can't afford to right now, I need the PC). My knowledge of computers is relatively basic, please keep that in mind.
a c 1323 U Graphics card
October 22, 2011 1:26:16 PM

Card clean? Sometimes temp issues especially after 2 years of use and no problems!
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 22, 2011 3:06:23 PM

Removed old drivers ?
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October 22, 2011 4:21:47 PM

I dusted the open case with compressed air about 2 weeks ago, so things are clean as far as I know. I didn't spray directly into the card or anything for fear or damaging it, but it doesn't look dusty.

I ran driver sweeper in safe-mode when I put the GTX295 in, so drivers should be cleared.
a c 1323 U Graphics card
October 22, 2011 5:06:10 PM

Synex said:
I dusted the open case with compressed air about 2 weeks ago, so things are clean as far as I know. I didn't spray directly into the card or anything for fear or damaging it, but it doesn't look dusty.

I ran driver sweeper in safe-mode when I put the GTX295 in, so drivers should be cleared.

Does not look dusty! The fins can be full of dust and lint although nothing is visible on the outside!
October 23, 2011 3:39:21 PM

rolli59 said:
Does not look dusty! The fins can be full of dust and lint although nothing is visible on the outside!


I had this issue right from the start (2 years ago), so I don't think it's because of dust. I did attempt to clean the card with the compressed air, but I didn't want to spray it too much for fear or damaging it. How can I go about cleaning it safely?

Any other ideas? Could this be caused by any other component being faulty/otherwise damaged? It's happened to both cards so I'm worried that it's not an issue with the actual cards.
a c 1323 U Graphics card
October 23, 2011 3:44:25 PM

Synex said:
I had this issue right from the start (2 years ago), so I don't think it's because of dust. I did attempt to clean the card with the compressed air, but I didn't want to spray it too much for fear or damaging it. How can I go about cleaning it safely?

Any other ideas? Could this be caused by any other component being faulty/otherwise damaged? It's happened to both cards so I'm worried that it's not an issue with the actual cards.

I was referring to the HD4850!
The GTX295 I would have RMA'd two years ago.
I take the cards out of the case so I can get direct blow through the fins! There is always a change the card is failing I had this happen with a X1900GT (18months old had 24 month warranty) ones and it was traced to failing Vram.
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