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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD7 - Problem with SLI when entering 3D mode

    Hi Hyper530!

    My PSU is a Corsair HX 1000 W. So I think thats not the problem!

    The brand of my GFX cards is EVGA and I'm playing Dead Space 2. Sadly, there is no patch for the game. But I can confirm that it's not a problem related to the game or nvidia driver because the problem occurred in differend games like Dirt2.

    So what I did yesterday is the following: First, I installed the Intel SATA/RAID driver for the Intel controller. After that, I installed the actual Marvel SATA 6GB controller driver (version 1.0.0.1051).

    The current status of the problem is that the "hanging" appears less often than before, but there is still a problem. And now, when I deactivate SLI in the nvidia controll panel, it works fine. But activating SLI is still too much for all the data buses. I'm sure of that.

    So I think, the only way to fix this is to get rid of the Marvell controller.

    What do you think?

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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD7 - Problem with SLI when entering 3D mode

    Have you tried to switch the “SATA3 Firmware Selection” from “AUTO” to “Force” mode in BIOS menu in order to update the SATA3 F/W version?

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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD7 - Problem with SLI when entering 3D mode

    Hi guys!

    I have interesting news for your

    Well, I discovered that the Marvell cotroller on my new P67A-UD7 is NOT responsible for the hanging.. I can confirm that because I installed a game on another HDD and disabled the controller in the BIOS. After that, the problem remains the same. Because of that I'm able to say that the Marvell controller is not the problem.

    After that I was a bit confused. So I thought about the whole issue again. When you keep the problem in perspective the graphics cards and/or the nvidia driver must be the source of the problem.

    So I installed an older version of the nVidia driver. What the freak'in hell, it solves the problem. I played for about 1,5 hours without problems! Of course, to be really sure I have to test it for a longer period of time. But it looks like that the nvidia driver causes the problems..
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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD7 - Problem with SLI when entering 3D mode

    Could you please let us know which version of the NVIDIA driver is that?

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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD7 - Problem with SLI when entering 3D mode

    Of course!

    Actually, I'm using Version 260.99.

    Version 266.58 causing problems on my rig.

    These days, nVidia will release a new Version of the driver (266.77). I think I will try that one as well.

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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD7 - Problem with SLI when entering 3D mode

    If necessary, you can also try recommended older WHQL and beta drivers from GeForce.com - Get the Most Out of Your GPU.
    A search using your GTX 280 and win7 x64 turns up 10 drivers from 197.45 through 266.58.
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    Seasonic SS-660XP2 80 Plus Platinum psu (660w)
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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD7 - Problem with SLI when entering 3D mode

    Hi guys!

    After thinking that I fixed the problem by changing the nVidia driver, I discovered why it's working with the old driver. With the old driver installed, I first checked the utilization of my two GPU's. I discovered that only GPU 1 (the GTX280 which is installed in the first PCIEX16 slot) is utilized while playing a game.

    And then I realized that new nVidia driver adds some SLI profiles. One of the profiles must be for Dead Space 2, the game I'm using to test my new PC.

    So I installed the new driver again. Now, both GPU's are now utilized while playing a game... And of course, the problem still exists.

    @Hyper530: Yes, I tried to switch from AUTO to FORCE in the BIOS. After that the mainboard updated the SATA3 Firmware but it didn't fix the problem.

    That means it's not a driver problem at all. There is a damn problem with SLI.. Is it possible that it's too much for the mainboard when populating the two PCIEX16 slot and the two SATA 6GB ports from the P67 Intel chipset?

    There were no problems with my old EVGA 780i SLI mainboard! Anyway, the next step will be that I will test every video card for it's own. Just to rule out a hardware issue concerning the video card.

    Maybe I shoud switch from the second PCIEX16 slot to a 8x slot... What do you think?
    Last edited by Deus512; 02-18-2011 at 03:24 PM.

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    Default Re: GA-P67A-UD7 - Problem with SLI when entering 3D mode - FOUND THE PROBLEM!

    Hi guys!

    Oh my god, I really found the source of the problem

    I'm 100% sure of that because I'm now able to reproduce the symptoms of the problem.

    Well, the solution was to turn off monitoring tools like EVGA Precision or AIDA64 Extreme!

    I don't know why but that causes the "hanging" and "freezing" in games. Sadly, the EVGA Precision tool was always running in the background while testing my new PC.

    That's LEGEN ....... wait for it ........ DARY! :-D

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