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Display Driver nvlddmkm stopped responding

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#1
Hi

Few days ago i installed Vista Ultimate 32bit, Im using the Nvidia 8800GTX card with this 175.19_geforce_winvista_32bit driver. everything was working fine untill today when i got this message "Display Driver nvlddmkm Stopped Responding and Has Successfully Recovered".

This first happen when i was playing Crysis Warhead but i thought it was once of this. then it happen again and again in windows while checking mail.

I thought that it might have something to do with the Video Driver so i dloaded 177.83_geforce_winvista_32bit, but im still having the same problem.

PS. I've had Vista Ultimate before on this PC with same system spec, but now i just have a new Monitor and im thinking that it could be the problem?
New Monitor is Samsung 2493HM.

Any help would be great on how to correct this problem
 

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I had that problem too and though it was a 64-bt issue. When it happened to me my machine completely locked up and I had to reset. I think I was doing something with Outlook and opening PDF's. Hasn't happened again though. No idea as to the cause or solution.
 

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Try using DX9 mode. I can't play Warhead in DX10 mode due to that problem.
(right click on the icon in windows games, choose DX9 mode).

Once it happens, almost all screen activity is affected, and a reboot is required.

You'll be hard pressed to find a permanent solution though, the drivers are often blamed for this.

If you google it you'll find lots of posts about it over at the nvidia forums.
 
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There are almost a 1000 reasons for this message. Most likely though is your 8800 overheated. Try putting your fan at 100% (Rivatuner etc can do this).
 

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Yes that is the most common response. I've never had any luck though solving the nvlddmkm.., mine never gets above 45C (watercooled) and even a fresh vista install, new mobo and ram didn't solve it. I'm blaming drivers.

But, I'm aiming for a new card in a couple of months, this 8800GTX feels very old by now...
 

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i agree with the above guys, there are lots of possible causes.

THe thing is, MANY things can trigger the drive to go bad - a bad driver install, outdated directX, overheating, corrupt/bad system RAM, and so on.

I used to have it incessantly, and it drove me mad. In the end i had a bad stick of ram, swapped it and the problem never came back.