I had changed out my vid card last weekend to an EVGA GTX 460 FTW while my main card is out for RMA. For a week, all was good with no issues. Yesterday, I sit down at the computer and it is frozen with the “display driver stopped working and recovered” error box still on the screen. I reboot, and all is not well….driver crashes on boot, whenever I try to do [i]anything[/] pretty much, artifacts all over, Windows Aero a total mess…..
To answer the questions….no driver changes or installs during the course of the week excepting a couple of Win update, but that was five days (and a lot of usage) prior.
I fire up Precision X and go through the process of getting it clocked down to stock speeds. I say “process” because the driver crashes several times while doing it. Once I have it clocked down the artifacts disappear, and for the most part all seems normal. So, just use Precision X to set the speed at boot, right? Wrong….since invoking Precision X at boot crashes the driver, and when the driver crashes Precision X loses all control. Vicious circle there.
So, I flashed the BIOS editing only the clock and memory speeds to stock. Goes through startup fine, but when it gets to the log in screen, I just get a black screen. I go into safe mode, uninstall the drivers, run Driver Fusion (the new version of Driver Sweeper), etc, and boot into Windows just fine with no nVidia drivers, just at low resolution. I install the latest drivers and I am back to the black screen at log on.
Right now I am back to the stock BIOS and dealing with a 10 minute boot up process to get the driver to stop crashing. I tried another Windows install that was working perfectly a couple of months ago with this rig (has been in a box, no updates at all) and it was the same, so I know the issue is the card, not the OS or updates.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? I would be fine with just getting it to boot with the BIOS modded to stock speeds, and for the life of me can't figure out why it won't.
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