View Full Version : Instability with Win 7 x64 + nVidia drivers (9600M GT)

02-22-10, 02:08 AM

It's been 4 months since I've bought a new laptop (HP Pavilion dv7-1253ca with a GeForce 9600M GT, originally branded with Vista) and upgraded it to Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit version). Since then, I have a series of instability problems caused by an unknown agent (possibly an incompatible/conflicting driver?), and that includes:

constant Firefox crashes (with the crash report window);
constant Chrome "Aw, Snap!" messages;
constant Flash Player 10 crashes with all browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, IExplorer);
constant random crashes playing games like The Sims 3 and Fallout 3;
"Desktop Window Manager" service constantly stopping.

Here are a few fixes I've already tried:

fresh re-install of Windows 7 a couple of times (32-bit & 64-bit versions);
disabling DEP (Data Execution Prevention);
uninstalling/disabling IDT Audio drivers;
uninstalling/disabling Bluetooth drivers;
clean-boot Windows;
memory testing with memtest+ (diagnostic OK);
BIOS update to the latest version;
disabling Powermizer within nVidia drivers.

So, the only solution to the problem I've found was to uninstall the nVidia drivers and use the crappy "Standard VGA Display Adapter" drivers that come with Windows, that don't support Aero or let me play any game. As soon as I install the GeForce drivers, everything starts crashing again. Another solution I've found was to run Windows Vista, but that's totally unacceptable after you try Windows 7 for the first time.

I've already tried using many driver releases, from the HP-provided 179.04 to the latest 195.62 from LaptopVideo2Go.com; but it's no use...

Any ideas? Please help! It's been weeks I'm after a solution, but I'm just hopeless... Thank you!


03-13-10, 01:04 PM
Windows 7 has been a total bust for me. I tried it during the beta, went back to Vista. I bought 6 copies at launch thinking it had been fixed only to be disappointed again. I`m back on Vista HP x64 and will stay with it until SP 1 comes out for seven. Vista with SP 2 is far more stable on my system. Win 7 has some nice new features but overall it is far too buggy for me.

Acid Rain
03-14-10, 03:02 AM
Sounds like bad hardware, just a timing coincidence. A fresh install and current drivers on the unit in question should result in a reliable machine.

Perhaps send the unit in for service under warranty.

03-14-10, 08:00 PM
yeah win 7 is great, the best os that i ever had