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    Default nvlddmkm stopped responding video driver failed but recovered

    Hey all. I know there is a 113 page thread on this problem at nvidia's forum, but those are almost 3 years old. Finished up a chapter in RE5 and freaked out since the screen blanked out and went to windows after a minute or so, thought i lost my 3 hrs of progress!

    Error message was nvlddmkm stopped responding video hardware error but has successfully recovered. Temps were 68c on the card.

    This was using driver 190.62 and had my 260 clocked at 680/1380/1150. Nothing too crazy , and have noticed this happen before only while overclocked . Im guessing it is caused by the OC because this is the only time im sure it happens, then again i dont normally game for more than 3 hrs at a time.

    Can anybody confirm this or suggest a solution?
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    Default Re: nvlddmkm stopped responding video driver failed but recovered

    During the installation of the current drivers, an OLD file
    nvlddmkm.sys is copied or left in windows/system32/drivers and not the current one
    in the install. As a result the new drivers are attempting to access an older file
    instead of the latest.

    Fix: Go to windows/system32/drivers and rename nvlddmkm.sys to
    nvlddmkm.sys.old. Go to the nvidia directory and find the file nvlddmkm.sy_ for your current drivers and copy it to windows/system32.

    Using the cmd window (DOS box) type
    EXPAND.EXE nvlddmkm.sy_ nvlddmkm.sys. When the expansion is complete, copy
    the new nvlddmkm.sys to windows/system32/drivers and restart the computer.

    Your computer should now work properly.

    You will notice that any uninstall and reinstall of nvidia drivers will not
    remove the old nvlddmkm.sys file and will not overwrite it with the newer
    version. You have to do it manually. I do not know why this happens but who
    cares as long it is fixed.

    (If it works, all credit to Google.)





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    Default Re: nvlddmkm stopped responding video driver failed but recovered

    When ever I upgrade to a new nvidia driver I always uninstall the old one. on reboot i boot back into safe mode and run a program driver sweeper if you need a link i can get it for you. in driver sweeper i select nvidia display and it will scan for any bits the uninstaller left behind and click clean and that will remove everything. reboot back into windows normal driver sweeper will give you a cmd windows just type Y and [enter]. then install the new driver and never have a problem unless i overclock the video card to far but i have found my stable o.c for it.
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    Default Re: nvlddmkm stopped responding video driver failed but recovered

    As for all my previous driver updates, i used to just uninstall the old, reboot to safemode, install the new and reboot. I recently began using driversweeper just to see if there was a difference.

    However, this last driver install was as fresh as they come since i moved to SSD. No video driver was present at all, the screen was huge lol looked like 800x600 resolution. And it only seems to do it when it overclocked. Had some RE5 going last nite a good 5 hrs at stock clocks just fine.
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    Default Re: nvlddmkm stopped responding video driver failed but recovered

    The nvlddmkm stopped responding error, like the equiv. ATI error can happen for many reasons. When Vista first came out, it was responsible for over 70% of the total error reports, until NVidia took steps to improve drivers.

    Now it can indicate anything from corrupt/old drivers to GPU/VRAM over heating to VRM over heating and general crashes that may be the game's fault.

    I had a 7900GTO flashed to GTX for a couple of years working on XP with no issues. On upgrading to the UD3P and running Vista, I constantly got this error. The screen would go black at random points, then the display driver would re-start, but with crippled performance. I had to restart the machine to get my full FPS back. This was while running WoW, admittedly after the big 3.0 graphics (shadows etc) update. This very error made up my mind to buy my first HD4850.

    It could well be that although GPU temps are OK, your cards VRM's are getting too hot. This would cause the error to occur as the VRM's have powerful control over the card and can initiate a full system shut down if they desire.

    I'd increase your OC back up, starting 20-30 MHz away from your previous high settings and see how you go. You may want to consider after market cooling, such as a Scythe Musashi etc. These will have a fan constantly blowing on the VRM's, which will also be heat-sinked using the Scythe accessories you get with the cooler.

    If you don't want to go after market, I'd consider removing the factory cooler and seeing if the VRM's are attached to the main heat sink or if they're separate. Directing a fan toward any gap in the fascia that will allow air to the end of the card near the PCIE power connenctor, or even the back of the card would be great.
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    Sweet psycho, looking into the Mushashi right now. Just dont like how it voids the warranty , i do like the reviews though. I got the EVGA for its lifetime warranty and 5 month old GPU's are not supposed to do this. I dont think they are...

    My CM690 case has a bottom 140mm fan blowing directly upwards into/on the GPU so it actually gets its own fresh air, as well as a front intake and side Noctua fan that blows directly over the entire board.

    Ugly thing is, my brother has the same machine . Difference is my cables are completely clear and hidden, while his are not and directly interfere with the airflow of the 140mm bottom case fan that blows into the GPU. His card runs on average, 5c cooler than mine.

    And the other nite, he got the same error twice within 15 minutes of each other while playing TF2. Does not tax the GPU too much and temps stay around 60 . This is all with stock clocks, Fan speed at 70%. Rebooted and all is fine , at least for now.

    I went to Microcenter yesterday to pickup the Scythe kazemaster 3.5" Fan controller with the Temperature probes which could have came in handy to monitor those VRM temps. Website showed them in stock on clearance , but were nowhere to be found. Ended up with the sunbeam 5.25" 4 fan controller which does not monitor temps. I really needed to calm down my dual Scythe Slipstreams as they were beginning to annoy me.

    We'll see how everything holds up, Thanks for the info Psycho.
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    Now that i think about it, i may need to install an aftermarket solution regardless. Once i go SLI, the video cards are gonna be sandwiched together . The second card is gonna be sucking up heat from the first card making matters worse. I have installed a second card but only for a day or so and all temps seemed just fine.

    All readings were good, but i did notice some real ugly stuttering or whatever u like to call it. Kazemaster would come in handy here, giving me a second opinion on temps.

    My only concern with an aftermarket GPU cooler and SLI would be the backplate hardware interfering with installing the second card. Is this a known issue to anyone?

    I was taking a look at Newegg.com - MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv3 GeForce GTX 260 896MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
    Anybody use this card here? What do u think psycho.
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    Default Re: nvlddmkm stopped responding video driver failed but recovered

    As long as you have two clear slots before the second PCIE connector, like on my UD3P, you will be OK. My cards have around an inch between them which is more than enough for fan ventilation. I also have a 120MM resting against the cards blowing cool air over the back of the section where the VRM's are located. This is letting me slowly ramp my clock speeds back up. I'll increase them until Crysis and RE5 start to freeze again.

    Have you thought of selling your urrent 260 on eBay and combining it with the ~$180 you'd spend on a second to get a HD5870? You could also Crossfire them when prices fall. Overclocking is looking good, with reasonable temps via the stock cooler at ~925MHz core.

    Some pictures of my cards installed side by side:



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    Hey thanks a million for taking the time to upload those pics. Just the picture i was looking for ( if only we had matching cards) . lol actually i have been looking for another 260 on ebay to SLI, i have seen some selling NEW for as cheap as 120. I bought one before for just over $100 using some ebay coupons i had.

    I have used ATI before and didnt have a good time with the drivers. After seeing the reviews of the 5870 on Tom's , i want one so damn bad. My 260 gets the job done very well dont get me wrong, its not being a headache at all. I just like to have my stuff as problem free as possible.

    IF i were to switch to the 5870's i would definetly wait it out and see what Nvidia's going to do and will have to offer. When they release, we should expect $199 tags on the 5870's anyhow. That would be sweet.

    Like i was saying , me and my bro have identical systems. Something i may consider would be giving him my GTX , and then get a pair of 5870's for myself. I really dont care whos who ATI or Nvidia, its all who can perform better without pissing me off.

    Either way, those GPU coolers look sweet and do some serious heat dissipation . Either way for the money, it might be fun to do and allow me to get some extra speed for the time being. I AA 4x with vsync on no problem in RE5, dips to 50 when it gets really intense.

    I have the Crysis series ready to play, just have been tweakin around with it trying to get my settings to Enthusiast (very high)with AA off , and make it playable. Yea i know it prolly aint gonna happen, but as far as that game, i would like to squeeze every extra frame out of it.

    Not to mention Modern Warfare 2 will be a must and im unsure how high the settings can go with a single card. If i could avoid it until the next series of Nvidia release, then i will. Those ones are gonna cost both my legs.
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    Default Re: nvlddmkm stopped responding video driver failed but recovered

    Just a note I have a ATI 4870 and can play Crysis in DX10 on all high settings with no problems.

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