nvidia windows kernel mode driver version 266.58 stopped responding
AMD Athlon X2 4400+
3GB RAM - Tested in Memtest 86, all good
OS: Multibooting - Windows 7 64 bit, Linux 64 bit, BSD, QNX
Up till about a few days ago, I had an 8800GT that was working fine. Then it started crashing and freezing up the system. Turns out the card died.
So I went to a store and picked up a GTX460. Same drivers (also tried uninstalling, cleaning, then reinstalling).
I installed the card and everything seemed to work fine. Then I tried some games. Every few seconds to few minutes, the screen goes black and flickers slowly and I get this error message:
Display Driver Nvidia Windows Kernel Mode Driver Version 266.58 stopped responding and has successfully recovered
It's the most annoying thing ever.
This is ONLY happening in Windows. All other operating systems did NOT give me this error.
Googling for this problem points to idiots insisting its a hardware problem. It may very well be a hardware problem in many cases, but I don't think it is in this case.