GTX 280 WSOD, random colors shot across black screen
Hi all,

I have a GTX 280 that has been working very well for quite a while. Then 196.21 came out and my gaming life has been hell ever since, and also my work is being interrupted.

Two scenarios:

1. Sometimes I can play a game for about 30 minutes or so, before I either get a WSOD, or the random color event black screen which requires a reset. No keyboard response.
2. Sometimes upon starting up, immediately after logging in, it goes to black screen with random colors flickering all over.

Some background:

I have no cooling issues. Huge heat sink is keeping CPU totally cool at round 33C during desktop activities. and around 41c during gaming. Case temp is usually about 30c all the time.
It does not matter what resolution I run.
Sometimes I will have to reboot 5 times to get the normal desktop to even return.
My card worked flawlessly before the install of 196.21

System Specs:

X58 Rampage 2 Extreme
6 gigs DDR3 1600 Ram
3 Sata Drives
SINGLE GTX 280
850w Corsair PSU

Final minor rant: I am really, really tired of dealing with this. For hours I have searched the web, multiple forums, including this one, and have seem many people have this problem. The general consensus is that rolling back the drivers DOES NOT WORK. My question is how can this be? What do I need to do to just get back to where I was with the previous version?

Regards, to any that can help!

Thanks! /confused.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':confused:' />
Hi all,



I have a GTX 280 that has been working very well for quite a while. Then 196.21 came out and my gaming life has been hell ever since, and also my work is being interrupted.



Two scenarios:



1. Sometimes I can play a game for about 30 minutes or so, before I either get a WSOD, or the random color event black screen which requires a reset. No keyboard response.

2. Sometimes upon starting up, immediately after logging in, it goes to black screen with random colors flickering all over.



Some background:



I have no cooling issues. Huge heat sink is keeping CPU totally cool at round 33C during desktop activities. and around 41c during gaming. Case temp is usually about 30c all the time.

It does not matter what resolution I run.

Sometimes I will have to reboot 5 times to get the normal desktop to even return.

My card worked flawlessly before the install of 196.21



System Specs:



X58 Rampage 2 Extreme

6 gigs DDR3 1600 Ram

3 Sata Drives

SINGLE GTX 280

850w Corsair PSU



Final minor rant: I am really, really tired of dealing with this. For hours I have searched the web, multiple forums, including this one, and have seem many people have this problem. The general consensus is that rolling back the drivers DOES NOT WORK. My question is how can this be? What do I need to do to just get back to where I was with the previous version?



Regards, to any that can help!



Thanks! /confused.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':confused:' />

#1
Posted 02/28/2010 05:56 PM   
Are you rolling back the driver or are you uninstalling it and reinstalling an older version? The newest driver wasn't agreeing with Crysis so I removed it and installed the old one. I'm personally not a fan of letting Windows do anything in regards to display drivers. Whether it's using the rollback function or letting Windows Update install the Nvidia display driver, it always seems to screw something up....

So yeah... try doing a manual removal or use Driversweeper to do it for you and then download a fresh copy of an older driver that worked for you in the past. I keep a copy of all my old drivers in the event of problems like this... you never know when you'll need them.
Are you rolling back the driver or are you uninstalling it and reinstalling an older version? The newest driver wasn't agreeing with Crysis so I removed it and installed the old one. I'm personally not a fan of letting Windows do anything in regards to display drivers. Whether it's using the rollback function or letting Windows Update install the Nvidia display driver, it always seems to screw something up....



So yeah... try doing a manual removal or use Driversweeper to do it for you and then download a fresh copy of an older driver that worked for you in the past. I keep a copy of all my old drivers in the event of problems like this... you never know when you'll need them.

Q9550@ 3.83GHz

EVGA 780i - Cooling Mod

570GTX SC + 8800GTX PhysX

4GB OCZ Platinum @1077MHz

Corsair HX1000

100GB Vertex 2 Pro

3x1.5TB SATA II

#2
Posted 02/28/2010 07:16 PM   
[quote name='BCSM' post='1009630' date='Feb 28 2010, 11:16 AM']Are you rolling back the driver or are you uninstalling it and reinstalling an older version? The newest driver wasn't agreeing with Crysis so I removed it and installed the old one. I'm personally not a fan of letting Windows do anything in regards to display drivers. Whether it's using the rollback function or letting Windows Update install the Nvidia display driver, it always seems to screw something up....

So yeah... try doing a manual removal or use Driversweeper to do it for you and then download a fresh copy of an older driver that worked for you in the past. I keep a copy of all my old drivers in the event of problems like this... you never know when you'll need them.[/quote]

Thanks BCSM, I will try Driversweeper and go for an older version. What version do you recommend? I am using Windows 7.

Thanks for your response!
[quote name='BCSM' post='1009630' date='Feb 28 2010, 11:16 AM']Are you rolling back the driver or are you uninstalling it and reinstalling an older version? The newest driver wasn't agreeing with Crysis so I removed it and installed the old one. I'm personally not a fan of letting Windows do anything in regards to display drivers. Whether it's using the rollback function or letting Windows Update install the Nvidia display driver, it always seems to screw something up....



So yeah... try doing a manual removal or use Driversweeper to do it for you and then download a fresh copy of an older driver that worked for you in the past. I keep a copy of all my old drivers in the event of problems like this... you never know when you'll need them.



Thanks BCSM, I will try Driversweeper and go for an older version. What version do you recommend? I am using Windows 7.



Thanks for your response!

#3
Posted 02/28/2010 08:08 PM   
I'm using 195.62, but you should use whatever works. If I were in your position I'd go with the version before the one giving you trouble and work backwards from there till you find one that does what you want it to.
I'm using 195.62, but you should use whatever works. If I were in your position I'd go with the version before the one giving you trouble and work backwards from there till you find one that does what you want it to.

Q9550@ 3.83GHz

EVGA 780i - Cooling Mod

570GTX SC + 8800GTX PhysX

4GB OCZ Platinum @1077MHz

Corsair HX1000

100GB Vertex 2 Pro

3x1.5TB SATA II

#4
Posted 03/01/2010 03:01 AM   
this is your issue?
[url="http://i50.tinypic.com/103662a.jpg"]http://i50.tinypic.com/103662a.jpg[/url]
this is your issue?

http://i50.tinypic.com/103662a.jpg

#5
Posted 03/01/2010 02:47 PM   
[quote name='mirkolawe' post='1010122' date='Mar 1 2010, 07:47 AM']this is your issue?
[url="http://i50.tinypic.com/103662a.jpg"]http://i50.tinypic.com/103662a.jpg[/url][/quote]

Sometimes, but it usually is just black with splashes of random RGB colors.
[quote name='mirkolawe' post='1010122' date='Mar 1 2010, 07:47 AM']this is your issue?

http://i50.tinypic.com/103662a.jpg



Sometimes, but it usually is just black with splashes of random RGB colors.

#6
Posted 03/15/2010 01:22 AM   
[quote name='mirkolawe' post='1010122' date='Mar 1 2010, 04:47 PM']this is your issue?
[url="http://i50.tinypic.com/103662a.jpg"]http://i50.tinypic.com/103662a.jpg[/url][/quote]

I am having this problem. Do you know of a solution?
[quote name='mirkolawe' post='1010122' date='Mar 1 2010, 04:47 PM']this is your issue?

http://i50.tinypic.com/103662a.jpg



I am having this problem. Do you know of a solution?

#7
Posted 04/12/2010 02:23 PM   
[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKFTKzmccM4"]I have a similar problem[/url]

#8
Posted 04/20/2010 01:01 PM   
Im having the same issue and its incredibly frustrating. Heres a pic of what I'm seeing, sorry for the crappy quality, its from an iPhone lol [url="http://incasofemergency.com/photo.jpg"]http://incasofemergency.com/photo.jpg[/url]
Im having the same issue and its incredibly frustrating. Heres a pic of what I'm seeing, sorry for the crappy quality, its from an iPhone lol http://incasofemergency.com/photo.jpg

#9
Posted 07/01/2010 04:47 AM   
Im having the same issue and its incredibly frustrating. Heres a pic of what I'm seeing, sorry for the crappy quality, its from an iPhone lol [url="http://incasofemergency.com/photo.jpg"]http://incasofemergency.com/photo.jpg[/url]
Im having the same issue and its incredibly frustrating. Heres a pic of what I'm seeing, sorry for the crappy quality, its from an iPhone lol http://incasofemergency.com/photo.jpg

#10
Posted 07/01/2010 04:47 AM   
to OP:
monitor GPU temps and mosfet temps & northbridge temps

something is overheating....which is why you have to wait for awhle to reboot (like 5 attempts)
even a PSU failure (to much draw for too long...stressing it)can cause it

even a ram overheat (had someone recently had 1 stick of ram to close to a heat sink...would only fail when the heat sink would get hot...needed extra cooling on that dimms heatsink)

if an old driver fixes the issue stay there for a bit...until a better driver comes out

don't necessarily trust a temp reading...sensors do go..or give bad reading when they fail
-------------------------


as for the others.... stress test the CPU, MB and ram
the system is getting hung....ram, PSU and CPU/MB can cause it

my guess is either PSU or MB/ram errors
since you all say the CPU stays cool

do any of you have realtek network drivers?
if you do roll back to older drivers or find newer ones that work

had a peson with screen errors like yours and a realtek driver change fixed it
to OP:

monitor GPU temps and mosfet temps & northbridge temps



something is overheating....which is why you have to wait for awhle to reboot (like 5 attempts)

even a PSU failure (to much draw for too long...stressing it)can cause it



even a ram overheat (had someone recently had 1 stick of ram to close to a heat sink...would only fail when the heat sink would get hot...needed extra cooling on that dimms heatsink)



if an old driver fixes the issue stay there for a bit...until a better driver comes out



don't necessarily trust a temp reading...sensors do go..or give bad reading when they fail

-------------------------





as for the others.... stress test the CPU, MB and ram

the system is getting hung....ram, PSU and CPU/MB can cause it



my guess is either PSU or MB/ram errors

since you all say the CPU stays cool



do any of you have realtek network drivers?

if you do roll back to older drivers or find newer ones that work



had a peson with screen errors like yours and a realtek driver change fixed it



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#11
Posted 07/01/2010 05:55 AM   
to OP:
monitor GPU temps and mosfet temps & northbridge temps

something is overheating....which is why you have to wait for awhle to reboot (like 5 attempts)
even a PSU failure (to much draw for too long...stressing it)can cause it

even a ram overheat (had someone recently had 1 stick of ram to close to a heat sink...would only fail when the heat sink would get hot...needed extra cooling on that dimms heatsink)

if an old driver fixes the issue stay there for a bit...until a better driver comes out

don't necessarily trust a temp reading...sensors do go..or give bad reading when they fail
-------------------------


as for the others.... stress test the CPU, MB and ram
the system is getting hung....ram, PSU and CPU/MB can cause it

my guess is either PSU or MB/ram errors
since you all say the CPU stays cool

do any of you have realtek network drivers?
if you do roll back to older drivers or find newer ones that work

had a peson with screen errors like yours and a realtek driver change fixed it
to OP:

monitor GPU temps and mosfet temps & northbridge temps



something is overheating....which is why you have to wait for awhle to reboot (like 5 attempts)

even a PSU failure (to much draw for too long...stressing it)can cause it



even a ram overheat (had someone recently had 1 stick of ram to close to a heat sink...would only fail when the heat sink would get hot...needed extra cooling on that dimms heatsink)



if an old driver fixes the issue stay there for a bit...until a better driver comes out



don't necessarily trust a temp reading...sensors do go..or give bad reading when they fail

-------------------------





as for the others.... stress test the CPU, MB and ram

the system is getting hung....ram, PSU and CPU/MB can cause it



my guess is either PSU or MB/ram errors

since you all say the CPU stays cool



do any of you have realtek network drivers?

if you do roll back to older drivers or find newer ones that work



had a peson with screen errors like yours and a realtek driver change fixed it



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Join the NVidia Forum Team - Please Help Medical Research - Folding@home


#12
Posted 07/01/2010 05:55 AM   
Rather than resurrect a dead thread, post a new thread in the appropriate section of the GeForce Forums. This section is an archive of topics from the previous forum structure.

Terramoto, if you still need this thread, please PM me. I'll clear the hijack and push it over to the new layout.


Amorphous
Rather than resurrect a dead thread, post a new thread in the appropriate section of the GeForce Forums. This section is an archive of topics from the previous forum structure.



Terramoto, if you still need this thread, please PM me. I'll clear the hijack and push it over to the new layout.





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#13
Posted 07/01/2010 08:15 AM   
Rather than resurrect a dead thread, post a new thread in the appropriate section of the GeForce Forums. This section is an archive of topics from the previous forum structure.

Terramoto, if you still need this thread, please PM me. I'll clear the hijack and push it over to the new layout.


Amorphous
Rather than resurrect a dead thread, post a new thread in the appropriate section of the GeForce Forums. This section is an archive of topics from the previous forum structure.



Terramoto, if you still need this thread, please PM me. I'll clear the hijack and push it over to the new layout.





Amorphous

Advanced Moderator Operations and Recursive Posting Hermetic/Omnigenous User-Simulating AI



Overclocking Hall of Fame - Post your 3DMark scores today!



NVIDIA Focus Group Members receive free software and/or hardware from NVIDIA from time to time to facilitate

the evaluation of NVIDIA products. However, the opinions expressed are solely those of the members.

#14
Posted 07/01/2010 08:15 AM   
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