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Annoying sound and video problems

JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
edited Sep 2011 in PC Building
Hi.

I have a Multicom Kunshan X7200 laptop. It's a custom built laptop from Norwegian manufacturer Multicom. Specs are:

Intel Core i7 980X 3.33Ghz LGA1366
Samsung 4GB DDR3 PC1060 1333MHz
Nvidia GeForce GTX485M
Unknown Mobo, sound card (probably built-in)
Connected through the web through network cable
Win7 Home Premium.

Now to the problems: Sometimes, when using sound for anything (gaming, music, movies, youtube, etc) the sound will become choppy/crackling and distorted. This happens both when I use the laptop speakers and my headset (Koss SB/45). The only solution is to reboot. It'll work fine for a while until it starts crackling again. It can happen right after boot or it can work fine for a day or two. Updating the sound drivers from the manufacturer didn't help.

There is also a video problem, that occurs less frequently, but still annoying. My screen will go black and then flicker for a few seconds, and then return to almost normal with the error message: "The screen driver malfunctioned and shut down, but has now been restored" or something similar to that. When I say return to almost normal it's because sometimes there's a pink-ish ring on my desktop (does not show up elsewhere) and some buttons, tabs and menus are weirldy colored. A reboot fixes this. Once the driver has started crashing, it will do so frequently (as in once per 5 minutes to once an hour) until reboot. The error seems to be random, as it can happen while the computer has been idling for an hour or during gaming. However, it may be just random, but it seems to happen more frequently while surfing the web with Firefox (haven't tried any other browsers). Updating drivers seems the most obvious here, but the ones supplied by the manufacturer website didn't help, and the Nvidia homepage won't let me download. Nvidia tells me to contact the manufacturer.

I've been in touch with Multicom, and their solution is to do a full reformat. If not, I'll have to ship it back to them for testing (which'll cost a fortune). I'm ready to try some advice from you guys first.

Jokke

Comments

  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    You should probably update these drivers:
    - Intel Chipset and Graphics
    - nVidia gpu
    - Onboard sound
    - Any custom power saving software / modes from the manufacturer

    Lastly, does this happen when you are plugged in, unplugged, or both?
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    As I said, GPU and sound drivers are already updated with the last version they'll allow me to download. I'll try upgrading chipset and I'll try location power saving software.

    This laptop is always plugged in, as it has like 40 minutes of battery time. I have two laptops, and the other one is MUCH easier to carry around. Brian can probably verify the size of this thing. But anyways, I digress. Could the battery or power brick have anything to do with this, under or overvoltage or something? See, the first time I ever plugged the power brick into the socket, the fuse went... Might have damaged it?
  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Sorry for not reading everything...
    You mentioned you could not get your video driver updated from nVidia.
    Here is the direct link to Win7 64 (English):
    http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/280.26/280.26-notebook-win7-winvista-64bit-international-whql.exe
    and Win7x 86 (English):
    http://us.download.nvidia.com/Windows/280.26/280.26-notebook-win7-winvista-32bit-international-whql.exe

    I don't think there was any damage done by the battery or power brick. The battery would actually sort of act like a middle man and protect the laptop's insides from most voltage problems, but I'm not an expert in that field.

    My first idea, however, was that this laptop was having problems switching from when it used gpu accelerated applications (such as youtube) to standard desktop applications. In that case it is likely shutting down the gpu and switching to the Intel based graphics accelerator. My theory is that there is some issue occurring during that switch.

    If drivers and software updates don't do the trick, I'd consider peaking in on your event log when this happens to see exactly what triggers it (if anything).

    Another thought is to check your temperatures when this happens, just keep a temperature program open at all times and the next time one of the sound / video problems occurs, look and see if anything is suspiciously hot.

    Other than that, I have no idea. I hope you do not have to send it in. It honestly could be faulty hardware / motherboard.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Thanks for the feedback, drivers are installed, let's hope this helps. CoreTemp reports a low of 54 degrees celcius and a high of 65 degrees. During this period I'm just folding and surfing the web.

    In my event log I have lots of errors under the label "WMI". Related?
  • primesuspectprimesuspect Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    I wouldn't fold on a laptop. They're not designed to run 100% cpu at all times.
  • RootWyrmRootWyrm Cleveland, OH Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Temps are fine. Hell, those are exceptionally low for a laptop, especially folding. Max acceptable for GPU is 100C and CPU is 90C.

    WMI errors are related. Can you copy and paste the XML of a WMI error here? (Details tab, select XML view, and put it in a code block.)
  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Punta Gorda, FL Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Perhaps. Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is installed in Windows 2000 and more recent. It hooks into Windows Driver Model (WDM). These are complex sets of code that even I would have problems figuring out. Click one of the errors that refer to WMI and look at the details tab info. Tell us the number of the error from the error line please.

    You might have WMI also refering to Windows Module Installer.

    You also could check your BIOS and update if possible.
  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Punta Gorda, FL Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    primesuspect said:
    I wouldn't fold on a laptop. They're not designed to run 100% cpu at all times.
    Um, yes, but you do not have to give it 100% of load-- mine runs at 85% max in one core, the other is free for other uses. It folds like a champ.
  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Punta Gorda, FL Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    http://www.drivershq.com/lp/driverdetective.html?gclid=CNDzkveMmasCFRoS2godsW_woA

    This might help you figure out your mobo chipset and sound driver needs(and, for others, many other kinds of drivers). The program has been, with version 7.1.x, rewritten for XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Reviews are positive. My own experience with it has been excellent. Its name? Driver Detective.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    RootWyrm said:
    Temps are fine. Hell, those are exceptionally low for a laptop, especially folding. Max acceptable for GPU is 100C and CPU is 90C.

    WMI errors are related. Can you copy and paste the XML of a WMI error here? (Details tab, select XML view, and put it in a code block.)
    This shows up under warnings, with the description: "Display driver stopped working:


    Loggnavn: System
    Kilde: Display
    Dato: 11.09.2011 15:15:48
    Hendelses-ID: 4101
    Oppgavekategori:Ingen
    Nivå: Advarsel
    Nøkkelord: Klassisk
    Bruker: I/T
    Datamaskin: Jokke-PC
    Beskrivelse:
    Skjermdriver nvlddmkm sluttet å svare, og er blitt gjenopprettet.
    Hendelses-XML-fil:
    <event xmlns=\"http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event\">
    <system>


    <eventid qualifiers=\"0\">4101</eventid>
    <level>3</level>
    <task>0</task>
    <keywords>0x80000000000000</keywords>
    <timecreated systemtime=\"2011-09-11T13:15:48.000000000Z\">
    <eventrecordid>17626</eventrecordid>
    <channel>System</channel>
    <computer>Jokke-PC</computer>
    <security>
    </security></timecreated></system>
    <eventdata>
    <data>nvlddmkm</data>
    <data>
    </data>
    </eventdata>
    </event>


    And the WMI-error:


    Loggnavn: Application
    Kilde: Microsoft-Windows-WMI
    Dato: 11.09.2011 15:17:51
    Hendelses-ID: 10
    Oppgavekategori:Ingen
    Nivå: Feil
    Nøkkelord: Klassisk
    Bruker: I/T
    Datamaskin: Jokke-PC
    Beskrivelse:
    Event filter with query \"SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA \"Win32_Processor\" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99\" could not be reactivated in namespace \"//./root/CIMV2\" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.
    Hendelses-XML-fil:
    <Event xmlns=\"http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event\">
    <System>
    <Provider Name=\"Microsoft-Windows-WMI\" Guid=\"{1edeee53-0afe-4609-b846-d8c0b2075b1f}\" EventSourceName=\"WinMgmt\" />
    <EventID Qualifiers=\"49152\">10</EventID>
    <Version>0</Version>
    <Level>2</Level>
    <Task>0</Task>
    <Opcode>0</Opcode>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime=\"2011-09-11T13:17:51.000000000Z\" />
    <EventRecordID>4029</EventRecordID>
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID=\"0\" ThreadID=\"0\" />
    <Channel>Application</Channel>
    <Computer>Jokke-PC</Computer>
    <Security />
    </System>
    <EventData>
    <Data>//./root/CIMV2</Data>
    <Data>SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA \"Win32_Processor\" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage &gt; 99</Data>
    <Data>0x80041003</Data>
    </EventData>
    </Event>
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Not sure if the above makes sense, that's not how it shows up on my computer.
  • RootWyrmRootWyrm Cleveland, OH Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Need the raw XML in a [ PHP ] block, actually - THANKS VBULLETIN. Derp. Needs to be the raw XML, because that's got the important details we're looking for. Which includes the triggering PID data. The [ code ] tags 'conveniently' strip out all the XML markup AND the data inside of it. YAY!

    Should look kinda like this:
    - <Event xmlns=\"http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event\">
    - <System>
    <Provider Name=\"Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-PnP\" Guid=\"{9C205A39-1250-487D-ABD7-E831C6290539}\" />
    <EventID>219</EventID>
    <Version>0</Version>
    <Level>3</Level>
    <Task>212</Task>
    <Opcode>0</Opcode>
    <Keywords>0x8000000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime=\"2011-09-12T23:53:52.594816000Z\" />
    <EventRecordID>525445</EventRecordID>
    <Correlation />
    <Execution ProcessID=\"4\" ThreadID=\"68\" />
    <Channel>System</Channel>
    <Computer>imalamuya</Computer>
    <Security UserID=\"S-1-5-18\" />
    </System>
    - <EventData>
    <Data Name=\"DriverNameLength\">58</Data>
    <Data Name=\"DriverName\">USB\VID_045E&PID_0710\b80298f7-d18d-d2a4-82d8-26eeadcc0ce8</Data>
    <Data Name=\"Status\">3221226341</Data>
    <Data Name=\"FailureNameLength\">14</Data>
    <Data Name=\"FailureName\">\Driver\WUDFRd</Data>
    <Data Name=\"Version\">0</Data>
    </EventData>
    </Event>


    Code's stripping out the important bits.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Actually, it should be a [ php ] block. I edited it into his post. Carry on.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Thanks, Thrax.
  • RootWyrmRootWyrm Cleveland, OH Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Thrax said:
    Actually, it should be a [ php ] block. I edited it into his post. Carry on.
    Yup, I forgot [ code ] is stupid on vbullshittin'. Thanks, Thraxbert.

    Problem is twofold. Something's tripping the video driver, and the PID isn't being logged. Why is the PID not being logged? Because some idiot screwed up and the WMI error you got there, is WMI saying the process trying to log the error, doesn't have sufficient permissions to do that. The load spike is due to the video driver going unresponsive.

    Can you go to Applications and Services Logs, then Hardware Events, and see if there's any errors other than the video driver going unresponsive in there? Fingers crossed, but hope slim to nil. Think we're gonna have to do some digging on the sound drivers and registry.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Will do as soon as I get home. I'm at school atm.
  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2545227
    fix: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9775756

    However, none of this seems to have much to do with your original problems you posted about.

    Has your display driver crashed since you got the latest one I linked to @ nVidia?

    I still think you need to check the event logs the next time any of this happens, especially the system logs.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Application and service logs - Hardware is empty, no listings, not even the graphic failure.

    Thanks for the fix, PirateNinja, worth a shot.
    The graphics seems stable, but as I may have mentioned earlier they happen pretty randomly, and could be weeks before the next crash.
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Not sure if it's already been said (I skimmed), but nvlddmkm is an NVIDIA driver component. If I had to guess, something is broken with any of the parts involved with Optimus. I'd update the NV drivers, update the Intel GPU drivers, and update the chipset drivers.

    I would not go to the manufacturer site to do this.
  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Ya Optimus is what I was trying to say earlier, I just couldn't remember the term for it.

    Jokke, the logs you want to check out the next time you have issues like this with sound or video are under event logs -> windows logs -> system (and you can check application as well). Just make sure you look at your system time when you have the scratchy sound or crashed driver so you know apx. what time to look for in the logs. Keep us updated, cheers.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Well, I went to the manufacturer first (sue me), but then I saw their driver was last updated in 2010, so I went to Nvidia, but they told me (through their automatic driver download/system scan thing) that I had to go to the manufacturer. Thanks to PirateNinja, my Nvidia drivers are now up to date. I'm also working on finding out what drivers are needed for my chipset and Intel GPU.

    However, do any of you feel that in order to solve this I have to reformat my entire drive? Because I think, with your help, we can solve this without such drastic measures.

    Update:
    I'm trying to identify my motherboard, but I can't figure it out properly. I got this program AIDA64, that's supposed to find out for me, but I don't quite understand it..
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  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    I don't think you need to reformat anything. We can get to the bottom of the issues if they occur again by analyzing your event logs.

    Here is the chipset driver you need:
    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=20019&keyword=%22inf+update%22&lang=eng

    I'm unsure of the Intel graphics driver, but you could probably get a relatively up to date version of that through Windows Update optional updates.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    I see, nvm.
  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Punta Gorda, FL Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    NVM = "nevermind."
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Yes, I posted a question, but then I found the answer (it involved clicking your link) and then edited out my question, if that makes any sense :) Thank you, will let you know what and if anything happens.

    As for the Intel graphics, I'm not sure I understand that part.. I have two GPU's one from Nvidia, and one from Intel? Or am I missing something? Anyways, Win Update doesn't show any optional Intel upgrades..
  • ThraxThrax Professional Shill, Pokémaster, Watch Slut Toronto, ON Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Just checked your CPU, and you don't have a GPU to switch to. Disregard all comments about Optimus, because it's not enabled on your system. Though you had a newer Core i7.
  • RootWyrmRootWyrm Cleveland, OH Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    It's a laptop from a major OEM. Chances are about 100% that they've changed PCI VEN_ID and DEV_ID so that standard drivers won't work.

    But hey, let's try this anyways. Saved me a step - figuring out which Realtek audio it was. Go here and install the latest driver set. (If that link screws up, it's Downloads, High Definition Audio Codecs. NOT AC'97.)
    ALC88n's are unpredictable, low end, and most importantly to OEMs, cheap as hell. It might be thermal related, since the ALC888 is, well, a typical Realtek part. Or it could be the driver. Or it could be that the ALC888 is bad. Or a loose connector on the speakers.

    The screen flickering and pink ring is a driver bug for sure. Not a hardware defect. Driver. DRIVER. GPU Folding client is triggering it. Not sure WHY it's triggering it, but that's that, no question. No hardware fault with GPU. The end. You can try updating, but who knows? NVIDIA's drivers have become worse than abysmal. I'd take an ATI Rage Fury MAXX over their current lot of drivers, and that, is really saying something. There's a slim chance that it's bad memory, but we're talking <1%; you'd see inconsistent graphics corruption during normal operation if that was the case. (It's not like they're using ECC.)

    Unfortunately, it's most likely that the sound issues are a hardware issue. IOW; Multicom support is incompetent on all fronts by suggesting a reformat. Shocking, nein? Reformat won't help a damn thing. If it's under warranty, they shouldn't be charging a penny to fix what is likely a hardware defect with the sound.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    I used Driver Detective to update all my drivers just a moment ago, and neither DD nor the install programs themselves reported any problem.

    How do you know it's the F@H GPU client? I'd be sad to have to abort folding...

    Multicom wont charge for the repair itself, but they WILL charge for shipping to them and back to me after repairs, they WILL charge for parts (if neccessary) and they WILL charge me an "examination fee" just for looking at it.
  • RootWyrmRootWyrm Cleveland, OH Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Jokke said:
    I used Driver Detective to update all my drivers just a moment ago, and neither DD nor the install programs themselves reported any problem.
    DD tends to fail with Realtek. They all do. Realtek is just a pain that way. Driver updates are random, poorly documented, the works. Generally presume that for anything Realtek, you'll just have to go direct to Realtek.
    How do you know it's the F@H GPU client? I'd be sad to have to abort folding...
    Several reasons. One, saw identical behavior on an 8800GTX intermittently. Two, it's the only thing poking at the GPU. Three, reboot fixes it. It has to be a F@H and driver interaction bug. If it was hardware, you'd see it while you were playing games.
    Multicom wont charge for the repair itself, but they WILL charge for shipping to them and back to me after repairs, they WILL charge for parts (if neccessary) and they WILL charge me an "examination fee" just for looking at it.
    Wow. So basically they have a license to completely ignore warranty? I can't even find a legitimate warranty statement on their website (using trusty Google Translate of course.) Just vague outlines and such. I know nothing of Norwegian laws, but it seems pretty damn shady to me that they're trying to claim they can charge an "examination fee" for a warranty claim, or charge for parts. (Over here, that's completely illegal.) I mean, that basically says "there is no warranty, all repairs are at customer expense." Does not compute.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    They are not allowed to charge for labour. The exception is if the error occur within 30 days of purchase, then all expenses are covered by the retailer, according to Norwegian consumer laws. If warranty had expired, they could just say blankly no to even accept it for repairs, or charge me just as much as they'd like to fix it.

    Anyways, I'll disable GPU F@H, and hope that Multicom will be nice to me. Might be other rules since they actually built it.
  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    hands down, bottom line, end of conversation, no question, for sure, the end, realtalkâ„¢, hand of god
    ---

    I'd see how far you get with the new driver, and then if you still have problems with the driver crashing, throttle or shut down the gpu folding client.
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Ok, so since last driver update (2 days ago), the sound has been consistenstly crispy clear, and no weird graphics fuckups. I'm thinking the sound problem seems cleared, still waiting a little to see for the graphics.
  • RootWyrmRootWyrm Cleveland, OH Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Jokke said:
    Ok, so since last driver update (2 days ago), the sound has been consistenstly crispy clear, and no weird graphics fuckups. I'm thinking the sound problem seems cleared, still waiting a little to see for the graphics.
    Yup, no surprise there. Honestly, the video driver issues are not gonna go away. I still see them on a regular basis with random triggers on the system with the 8800GTS. It's just bugs and poor quality code here there and everywhere. Might be reduced though. The sound issue definitely smells like driver bug. Realtek, well, this happens. A lot. (I'm still waiting for a fix for total cutout when >16 channels are triggered on a 64 channel Codec.)
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Update: I've figured out the sound issue. Seems it WASN'T the driver (although it may have helped), but uTorrent! I was watching a movie, and suddenly I noticed scrathing and distortion again. Puzzled, I asked myself what I just did. I had just started uTorrent, so I shut it down. No sound issue. Open it back up, and hello scratching! Shut it down again and the issue instantly dissappears.. This also explains why it'd be fixed by a reboot, as that would shut uTorrent down. Who would have known? Thanks for the help though! It's always nice to have updated drivers.

    No new graphics issues.
  • Straight_ManStraight_Man Geeky, in my own way Punta Gorda, FL Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Jokke said:
    Update: I've figured out the sound issue. Seems it WASN'T the driver (although it may have helped), but uTorrent! I was watching a movie, and suddenly I noticed scrathing and distortion again. Puzzled, I asked myself what I just did. I had just started uTorrent, so I shut it down. No sound issue. Open it back up, and hello scratching! Shut it down again and the issue instantly dissappears.. This also explains why it'd be fixed by a reboot, as that would shut uTorrent down. Who would have known? Thanks for the help though! It's always nice to have updated drivers.

    No new graphics issues.
    You are welcome, anytime I am not real busy IRL. I LIKE working on system puzzles. That is what I do instead of gaming.

    John
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Video driver crashed again. It's not F@H, uninstalled that last week.
    Was playing Mount&Blade (the original) when color got all effed up. Quit the game, everything runs normal for about five seconds, and then starts an infinate loop of crashing and restoring until reboot. Drivers fucked?

    Error log:


    Logname: System
    Source: Display
    Date: 26.09.2011 22:45:22
    Event-ID: 4101
    Oppgavekategori:None
    Level: Warning
    Keyword: Classic
    User: I/T
    Computer: Jokke-PC
    Description:
    Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding, and has been restored.
    Event-XML-file:
    <Event xmlns=\"http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event\">
    <System>
    <Provider Name=\"Display\" />
    <EventID Qualifiers=\"0\">4101</EventID>
    <Level>3</Level>
    <Task>0</Task>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime=\"2011-09-26T20:45:22.000000000Z\" />
    <EventRecordID>19964</EventRecordID>
    <Channel>System</Channel>
    <Computer>Jokke-PC</Computer>
    <Security />
    </System>
    <EventData>
    <Data>nvlddmkm</Data>
    <Data>
    </Data>
    </EventData>
    </Event>


    (event log has been translated from Norwegain to English for easier analysis)
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Download the original driver (here) and do a clean install (if that is an option). It is probably hitting a bug in the driver software, and because they decided to release their own, you can't install an updated one to fix your issue. boo on OEMs that do this. The other option is format and then installing drivers on clean system, then stress testing (or testing specific programs known to cause issues since it doesn't seem to be heat related).
  • PirateNinjaPirateNinja Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Well given he had the same issue with the original driver, I'm not sure that's going to help much.

    Jokke: The only thing I can think of is to underclock your gpu and it's memory by 10mhz increments until this stops happening.
    Otherwise send it back to the manufacturer and complain your way in to a free replacement.

    For whatever reason, your graphics card just isn't responding well to load situations.
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    I agree, and am unsure if it is load based or buggy driver not being updated (Furmark for load would help, but can't test driver changes)
  • JokkeJokke Nuvsvaag, Norway Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    Alright, temps were in the low 60s at time of crash, so I don't think heating is an issue.

    Got 2692 PCMarks using PCMark Basic, no odd reactions to it.
    Also, playing Red Orchestra 2, Dead Island, New Vegas, Medal of Honor (all at max graphics) doesn't give any issues even after hours of gametime..
  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Dallas Icrontian
    edited Sep 2011
    With that in mind, I definitely think the games causing crashes are hitting buggy parts of the driver (and you can't do anything about that because of the way the company chose to implement the driver software), while others are not having any issues because they don't hit those parts of the driver.
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