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Hey guys I'm working on a system that I built for a friend this summer. He says he's getting random reboots while playing WOW. Among the usual testing and maintenance I plan to update the video drivers.

Basically I'm wondering what are the best drivers for a 9800GTX and if anyone else had noticed any instability in WOW with a 9800GTX. Currently installed is Forceware 174.40 on XP SP3.

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Hey guys I'm working on a system that I built for a friend this summer. He says he's getting random reboots while playing WOW. Among the usual testing and maintenance I plan to update the video drivers.

Basically I'm wondering what are the best drivers for a 9800GTX and if anyone else had noticed any instability in WOW with a 9800GTX. Currently installed is Forceware 174.40 on XP SP3.

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Unfortunately I dont use XP, I use Vista 64, and I have the latest drivers (182.06) installed , and I have no issues at all... possibly some old drivers might still be installed on your system. Should try cleaning everything out.

If your friends computer reboots randomly... Check the PSU, and do a stress test on the CPU and RAM to see if any faulty parts...
 

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I have to agree that their has been a ton of drivers since the 174's. I run on the 181.22 (vista version) drivers and I play everything I own with no issues, but I dont play WoW so Im not sure.
 

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182.06 WHQL released today. Use those.
 
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Thanks guys I installed the latest drivers but I was just wondering if there happened to be some inside knowledge about the 9800GTX that I wasn't privileged to.

@ DjJakl It's not the PSU, I know people always refuse to accept that it is or might be the problem. :p. I know it's not the PSU because I built the system. He's running a Gigabyte P35, E8400, 2x2GB, 500GB, Antec 900, all from a Corsair TX750w (it was on sale).

For stressing I ran Otrhos and Furmark simultaneously for a while... obviously not a full 24h burn test.
 

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Thanks guys I installed the latest drivers but I was just wondering if there happened to be some inside knowledge about the 9800GTX that I wasn't privileged to.

@ DjJakl It's not the PSU, I know people always refuse to accept that it is or might be the problem. :p. I know it's not the PSU because I built the system. He's running a Gigabyte P35, E8400, 2x2GB, 500GB, Antec 900, all from a Corsair TX750w (it was on sale).

For stressing I ran Otrhos and Furmark simultaneously for a while... obviously not a full 24h burn test.
Word but sometimes one of the PSU Rails can be off 1v and that will cause the system to randomly reboot... Ive worked in Service at a computer store, I have seen strange things lol.
 
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Yeah I know what you mean. For now I backed off his OC and updated the drivers. Only WOW has made it crash... if it keeps happening I'll test the PSU.

I really think it's WOW related since Orthos and Furmark ran solid.
 

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Yeah I know what you mean. For now I backed off his OC and updated the drivers. Only WOW has made it crash... if it keeps happening I'll test the PSU.

I really think it's WOW related since Orthos and Furmark ran solid.
Did you attempt to Repair or actually Reinstall WoW? I had the same issue, but it randomly locked up my system. As soon as I did a fresh installation of WoW, never had a problem since...

I hope your able to trace the problem
 
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Did you attempt to Repair or actually Reinstall WoW? I had the same issue, but it randomly locked up my system. As soon as I did a fresh installation of WoW, never had a problem since...

I hope your able to trace the problem
I hadn't considered that but I dont have the disks here anyway. I'll suggest he try that though, I believe he can handle doing that himself.

I also did a defrag for him. Using DiskTrix Ultimate Defrag the HDD read 103.5% fragmented I didnt get a capture of it but I should have :shadedshu
 
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The freezing issue was fixed when I returned the system to my friend. One of the things I mentioned had cured the problem.

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