View Full Version : Driver Issue I Can't Figure Out

08-06-11, 10:06 PM
Here's my specs:
Thermaltake 1000w PSU
EVGA X58 A1 Motherboard
12GB Corsair Dominator
2x GeForce GTX 480 SLI 280.19 drivers
GeForce GTX 260 (Dedicated PhysX) 280.19 drivers
Core i7 975 @ 4GHz

For six months plus I've had an issue with games randomly CTD. No matter what driver I've used over the past 6 months I have the same issue, and I can't figure it out.
Games that CTD on me are:
Just Cause 2 (crashes on start-up)
Battlefield Bad Company 2 (Crashes on loading screen)
Medal of Honor (crashes on loading screen)
Total War: Shogun 2 (crashes when campaign selected but runs benchmark)

Crysis 2 has texture flashing using DX11

All of my other games seem to work ok, but some of my favorite games I can't even play. Any ideas?

08-06-11, 10:27 PM
Texture flashing with patch 1.9 and DX11 high quality textures is something that happens to many people....

As for the others did you try disabling SLI ? That would the first thing i'd do...

08-06-11, 10:53 PM
Yes, and it still CTD's

08-07-11, 07:39 AM
Any chance you have used custom settings in your NVIDIA CC ?

08-07-11, 07:39 AM
A bad stick of ram caused that on my rig last year. Drove me crazy for a long time, and I only tried the one stick at a time out of desperation, but some games still played just fine. Others would crash on load or after playing a few minutes.

08-07-11, 07:48 AM
CPU Overheating could also be an issue or even the PSU having an issue....Too many things to consider with PCs...

08-07-11, 08:08 AM
Yup, could be one of several things for sure.

Ram is easiest to troubleshoot though, after that I'd start disconnecting/removing hardware until i found the culprit. I'm betting it's not a software related issue.

08-07-11, 07:14 PM
The problem is depending on the driver, and if I manually update Punkbuster for Bad Company 2 I can get into some servers for a period of time, and the campaign works flawlessly.

Also, I noticed that on the loading screen in Bad Company 2 that my web cam light begins flashing, and a few seconds later I CTD.

08-07-11, 07:39 PM
Did you try to up the voltage of your Overclock through the BIOS or do you have it on Auto ?

It could be 1000 things so we need to cover all of them, if possible..

08-07-11, 08:56 PM
Voltage is set to auto.

CPU VCore is at 1.27V
CPU VTT is at 1.43V

08-08-11, 07:44 AM
Are those what CPUZ tells you or did you get them from the BIOS ?

08-08-11, 12:00 PM

08-08-11, 12:24 PM
Can you try at stock speed and see if you get the same issues ?

08-08-11, 12:44 PM
first thing first, rule everything out.

1) for now use WHQL driver
2) disable any OCs, CPU (Core i7 975 @ 4GHz), Ram, video card (even factory OC) turn every to stock
3) remove the 260
4) remove one 480, disable SLI
5) use only one 480 stock

Reset all drivers settings

run, memtest for 12-24 hours.

then try playing games, see if you get any more CTD, if you don't start by making small changes, maybe put the 480 back in

ONE CHANGE AT a time, this way you can maybe figure out what causes the problem

08-08-11, 06:23 PM
Taking the CPU back to stock speeds has seemed to fix the issue so far.

08-08-11, 09:11 PM
Yeap, that usually fixes things....You can push the Voltage a bit more than what your mainboard gave but i don't recommend it without knowing what Cooler you're using.

08-09-11, 04:11 AM
Yeap, that usually fixes things....You can push the Voltage a bit more than what your mainboard gave but i don't recommend it without knowing what Cooler you're using.

Cooler Master V8

08-09-11, 05:16 AM
If at 4GHz/1.27v your OC was unstable you can try 1.3v along with other settings which i can't begin to describe here. That is IF your ambient temp is rather low (by using AC in the summer).

Gabriel over at Hardware Secrets has made a nice online paper on voltages, check it bellow :