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Display driver NVIDIA stopped responding, pls help!

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February 5, 2013 2:10:53 PM

Hi guys,

I'm having a pretty annoying problem since a couple of days, I'm not sure exactly when and how it started but here's what I'm experiencing;

When I don't touch the mouse or keyboard for a little while, say 2-3minutes, and then when I press a key or move the mouse again, the screen will go black for a second, come back up and give me this message: "Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 310.90 stopped responding and has successfully recovered." As long as I keep typing or moving the mouse it doesn't seem to happen.
When I play a game however the framerate will drop heavily after some minutes and then I have to alt-tab, screen goes off and on again when I do, alt-tab back to the game then framerate is fine again. But as you can imagine it's pretty annoying having to alt-tab every couple of minutes.
Now I'm by no means a computer expert (like I hope you guys are ;)  ) but my little brother is pretty good with them but after trying some different possible solutions even he had to throw in the towel. I really hope someone here can help me find a solution.

Here's my pc specs:
i5 2400 Biostar motherboard (not sure what type but I'll find out if you need to know), 8gb Ram, 128gb SSD, 1TB HD, and probably most important; asus geforce 450GTS. System is about 8 months old I think.

What I've tried so far:

- updated nvidia drivers
- try several older nvidia drivers
- set nvidia power managment mode to 'prefer maximum performance/adaptive' (tried both)
-switched off intel speedstepping

I think that's about it, videocard doesn't get too hot, I can't think of anything else but it having something to do with going in somekind of idle state.. I dunno, I'm totally lost on this.
Please help! Winning tip will get a reward of your choosing :) 
February 5, 2013 2:42:49 PM

Thank you I will try that and report back :) 
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February 5, 2013 2:45:34 PM

also because your card has overheated... (the fans on my watercooled gtx680 were stopped... while a ran the crysis benchmark... the watercooler got to 75 degrees before the driver stopped responding... )
February 5, 2013 3:11:59 PM

I don't know if the card get's too hot, maxes around 50 degrees. Dunno if that is too hot?
February 5, 2013 6:57:52 PM

okay so I ran a complete test, no errors:

Changing video mode to 640x480x16...OK
[5-2-2013 18:28:30] Test started for NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
Trying 16bpp RGB:565 mode...NOT SUPPORTED (Code: 887601C2)
Trying 16bpp RGB:555 mode...OK
Trying 16bpp BGR:565 mode...NOT SUPPORTED (Code: 80004001)
Trying 32bpp RGB:888 mode...OK
Trying 32bpp BGR:888 mode...NOT SUPPORTED (Code: 80004001)
[5-2-2013 18:35:52] Pass completed (0 errors found).
February 5, 2013 10:05:14 PM

how many passes did it complete?
February 6, 2013 2:24:58 AM

I'm not sure :sweat:  how many should I do and how do I do that?
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