I have a BSOD problem with a TDR issue regarding my graphics card driver (geforce 8600 GT). It's been around 3 months now. It happens rarely - once every few days, but it tends to repeat itself multiple times in a row. It stops if i give the pc a rest. Reinstalling the video drivers tends to temporarely help too. The issue then reappers a few days later. There does not seem to be a pattern when it freezes - it does freeze in games, but i had it happen while browsing or watching youtube videos.
I recently had a situation when i tried to finish a net game so i played right after a crash and it started "snowin" all over the screen progressivly more, until it crashed again.
I tried a lot of stuff:
- i found my previous card (geforce 7300), and it crashed too
- made 3 memtest passes
- set bios to fail safe settings
- uninstalled a lot of stuff - virtually everything i could think of outside of lan driver
- updated most of the stuff i didnt uninstall
- cleaned the case
-experimented with drivers - installed old ones (275), and then installed the default windows ones
I'm REALLY out of ideas. The only thing that comes to mind is to swap the card for a new ati one - should remove all drivers incompatibility, and hardware defects - but i really wouldn't want to spend money only to have the issue reappear. It could be overheating - the card can reach 90+ under load - but as i said it crashes when not under load as well.