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Curious issues with running my Nvidia GTX 560, screenshots included.

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August 31, 2012 3:08:11 AM

So, I've had difficulties with my rig since I put it together a few months ago. I have the traditional black screens followed by a message that the display driver recovered; however, I have had some other strange problems with my graphics when the display is broadcasting an image. I did some print screens when I saw any defects. sometimes print screen would end up showing the normal screen without the defects, and only 4 times so far have I gotten them to appear.

I'm mainly looking for feedback on what anyone thinks might be wrong. I've already tried reinstalling nvidia's current graphics driver, rolling back to a different stable driver, trying the most recent beta drivers, I've done a complete memtest on my RAM, I've scanned my hard drive for any issues,

Symptoms

http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/5346/61909023.png
(black screen with only windows logo, I print-screened this one when the screen was black.

http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/9606/tempdh.png
notice the address bar, faulty colors and streaks.

http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/3042/58765568.png
google.com. I did not edit this picture in any way. this is a direct printscreen. this is the curious screenshot. I've never seen a problem like this one. notice the top bar of the middle window is completely black. none of the buttons worked behind them either, I had to right click on the tab on the taskbar and click to close.

These all come from my internet browser, but numerous applications and games crash, Java crashes frequently then works for a few hours at a time, and flash player has crashed on me in chrome many times as well. notice how I have three browsers, I have to go between them because they all crash frequently. I can still use every program I need, but I do need to manually reboot when the video driver fails (black screen) 3 to 10+ times in a row, as I can't input anything.

What I've done

The first thing I tried to do is address my video card. I tried 3-4 different stable and beta video drivers dating back to before I even built this computer.
I used GPU-Z to make sure my GPU wasn't overheating, the problems occur even when the GPU is at idle temps (35 degrees C or so) GPU-Z has crashed on me numerous times too. The only thing I gleaned from GPU-Z is my GPU core clock speed ramps up to 830MHz during the black screens and errors.

Next, I thought I had either faulty memory or bad sectors in my hdd. I ran memtest86 and hard drive CHKDSK. both came up clean.

I've made sure all my physical connections are in place, the video card's contacts are firmly in the pcie x16 slot and the latch is shut.

I have yet to find a link between my CPU or motherboard and this issue. I've watched my resource monitor during the problems, and the CPU stays at a nominal usage.

Does anyone have any ideas? I'm going to contact Nvidea if nobody has any ideas, then I suppose I'll call gigabyte if they can't help.

My specs:
ASROCK extreme3 970 AM3+ motherboard
AMD Phenom II x4 945
Gigabyte Geforce 560
WD caviar blue SATAIII 7200RPM
16 GB RAM (patriot, 1600 running at 1333)
500W antec earthwatts EA500D PSU
ASUS xonar DG sound card
SAMSUNG 22x DVD burner
Windows 7 home premium 64 bit SP1

I do not overclock anything; I run everything at stock speeds.
August 31, 2012 5:07:43 AM

headerfooter said:
So, I've had difficulties with my rig since I put it together a few months ago. I have the traditional black screens followed by a message that the display driver recovered; however, I have had some other strange problems with my graphics when the display is broadcasting an image. I did some print screens when I saw any defects. sometimes print screen would end up showing the normal screen without the defects, and only 4 times so far have I gotten them to appear.

I'm mainly looking for feedback on what anyone thinks might be wrong. I've already tried reinstalling nvidia's current graphics driver, rolling back to a different stable driver, trying the most recent beta drivers, I've done a complete memtest on my RAM, I've scanned my hard drive for any issues,

Symptoms

http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/5346/61909023.png
(black screen with only windows logo, I print-screened this one when the screen was black.

http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/9606/tempdh.png
notice the address bar, faulty colors and streaks.

http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/3042/58765568.png
google.com. I did not edit this picture in any way. this is a direct printscreen. this is the curious screenshot. I've never seen a problem like this one. notice the top bar of the middle window is completely black. none of the buttons worked behind them either, I had to right click on the tab on the taskbar and click to close.

These all come from my internet browser, but numerous applications and games crash, Java crashes frequently then works for a few hours at a time, and flash player has crashed on me in chrome many times as well. notice how I have three browsers, I have to go between them because they all crash frequently. I can still use every program I need, but I do need to manually reboot when the video driver fails (black screen) 3 to 10+ times in a row, as I can't input anything.

What I've done

The first thing I tried to do is address my video card. I tried 3-4 different stable and beta video drivers dating back to before I even built this computer.
I used GPU-Z to make sure my GPU wasn't overheating, the problems occur even when the GPU is at idle temps (35 degrees C or so) GPU-Z has crashed on me numerous times too. The only thing I gleaned from GPU-Z is my GPU core clock speed ramps up to 830MHz during the black screens and errors.

Next, I thought I had either faulty memory or bad sectors in my hdd. I ran memtest86 and hard drive CHKDSK. both came up clean.

I've made sure all my physical connections are in place, the video card's contacts are firmly in the pcie x16 slot and the latch is shut.

I have yet to find a link between my CPU or motherboard and this issue. I've watched my resource monitor during the problems, and the CPU stays at a nominal usage.

Does anyone have any ideas? I'm going to contact Nvidea if nobody has any ideas, then I suppose I'll call gigabyte if they can't help.

My specs:
ASROCK extreme3 970 AM3+ motherboard
AMD Phenom II x4 945
Gigabyte Geforce 560
WD caviar blue SATAIII 7200RPM
16 GB RAM (patriot, 1600 running at 1333)
500W antec earthwatts EA500D PSU
ASUS xonar DG sound card
SAMSUNG 22x DVD burner
Windows 7 home premium 64 bit SP1

I do not overclock anything; I run everything at stock speeds.


That is indeed a very strange problem you have there. I wish I could tell you its probably a driver problem (caused from the uninstallers never actually uninstalling everything). But that looks far worse than driver problems, I think I'd have to say defective graphics card.

You could certainly try manually uninstalling all NVIDIA drivers though, run the uninstaller and then delete any remaining folder and left over registry entries. Might find this helpful:
http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=1174372&mpage=1
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