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Graphic Drivers Stop responding

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December 19, 2011 7:00:01 PM

This problem has been happening for the past week to week and half intermittently.

Here is what happens:
I will be playing any game, from BF3 to Minecraft and all of the sudden, the screen will start to flash, lock up, and then either A: Crash the game and show a error in the bottom right of windows saying that my Graphic Drivers have stopped and recovered. or B: Will completely freeze and only way to unfreeze it is to hit the reset button on my case.

(I will try to get a copy of the error message next time this happens)
This is a picture of the error i get when i play minecraft and they crash:
http://i42.tinypic.com/124fnm0.png

Things i have tried:
- Re-installed the drivers, removed then by un-installing in windows then using Driver Sweeper to remove all traces of the drivers and reinstalling fresh ones.
- Re-install windows, have done this once and still hasn't fixed the issue

Common Question people will most likely ask:
Is your GPU Overheating?
No, i am running EVGA Precision to control my fans. (Most recent time the drivers crashed my Overlay said the GPU was at 46 C)
Are you overclocking?
No, this card has never been over clocked.
Is there good airflow through the case?
Could be better, but it is sufficient. i also took my side panel off because the Computer is up on the top of a desk.

My PC Specs:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 245 Processor 2.9GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+
RAM: 8192 MB DDR3 Dual Channel 533.3 MHz (3:8) @ 7-7-7-20
PSU: 600W Cooler Master GX Series
Mobo: BIOSTAR A870u3

Also View able here:
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2156251

Could this just be a case of my graphics card going bad because it is almost 3 and a half years old?
a c 109 U Graphics card
December 19, 2011 8:01:47 PM

did you install the correct drivers? Possibly could be bad card or bad psu.
a c 91 U Graphics card
a b \ Driver
December 19, 2011 8:11:38 PM

what power supply ( exact )............. how long has this been happening....... is it okay with 1 card.......have you run both cards separately...... how long have you been running sli ...?? have you tried windows update...... ??
December 19, 2011 9:23:43 PM

amuffin said:
did you install the correct drivers? Possibly could be bad card or bad psu.

I did install the correct drivers, and i am personally thinking bad GPU, but i am not sure thats why im asking here.



swifty_morgan said:
what power supply ( exact )............. how long has this been happening....... is it okay with 1 card.......have you run both cards separately...... how long have you been running sli ...?? have you tried windows update...... ??


I'm not SLI. and this is the exact power supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i tried windows update, didn't work either. and this has been for about a week and a half.

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