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Display Driver Keeps Crashing NEED HELP!

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August 15, 2012 2:13:00 AM

I just built my computer about 3 weeks ago, starting about a week ago my display keeps crashing leaving me a message saying "Nvidia windows kernel mode driver version 301.42 stopped responding and has recovered" in the bottom left hand corner of my monitor, I have read tons of forums on solutions but none have seemed to work... It crashes even when I'm just on the internet or watching Youtube videos and it is starting to annoy me... My average gpu temps while on the internet are high 40's to mid 50's. While gaming (playing WoW) the gpu temps reach up to 65+ Degrees. So idk if temp has something to do with it since it crashes when I'm using the internet... My PC Specs are as follows:

PSU- OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Case- COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

GPU- EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CPU- Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120

Hard Drive- Seagate Momentus XT ST500LX003 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Solid State Hybrid Drive -Bare Drive

Motherboard- BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Optical Drive- LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Internal Blu-ray Drive 3D Playback & M-DISC Support Model UH12LS29 LightScribe Support - OEM

Monitor- ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Black 23" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50,000,000:1

ANY HELP OR SUGGESTIONS WILL BE APPRECIATED! I am in need of help, because I don't know if I need to replace this card before the warranty is up or if its something I can just fix. Thank you for the help!
August 15, 2012 8:07:29 AM

Alright, thank you for the help. I'm gonna try using the beta driver seeing as how as in the hot fixes it lists a couple things that are wrong with the gpu... we'll see how it goes
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August 17, 2012 5:17:57 AM

Unfortunately, that didn't fix the problem... It still happens, even when I only have 1 tab of Facebook open and am watching 1 video on YouTube... Replace the card? or what?
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December 29, 2012 12:50:45 AM

I just fixed my problem with this. After a few months.... of the crashes my power supply went I bought a new powersupply with slightly higher output. But I then got the same crashes.
I looked at my card configuration power plugs and took out a power spliter and plugged both nivida card power plugs directly into there own pci power plugs (Not shared) from the power supply. Problem fixed.
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