Dying video card, or naughty drivers?

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Subject: Dying video card, or naughty drivers?
Name: Stugatz
Date: 8/9/2005 4:38:32 PM (GMT-7)
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Well, I got a problem with my new computer build, I'll try to make it quick though:

AMD64 3000+ Venice core
DFI Lanparty NF4 Ultra-D
1 GIG OCZ Gold 3200 DDR
GIGABYTE GV-NX66T128D Geforce 6600GT 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16
500W PSU

I installed everything the day I got it, seemed to work fine. I went about updating all the drivers with the latest XP compatible drivers from manufacturers websites (nvidia for the vid. card) and all was well for the first few days. Then on about day 4, it shut down overnight, no apparent reason, nothing terrible to be found in the windows event manager. Did it again on day 5 and 6, but booted fine, and ran fine when it was up. Day 7, it stops booting. Gets to the loading Windows XP screen with that sliding blue bar thing, and froze there. Safe mode doesnt work either at this point.

Me not being happy with that, and since it was a fresh install, I decide what the hay, may as well reinstall. I do that, things seem to be going fine again, boots fine, install SP2, drivers, all is well until I get to the video card driver. I install that, reboot, then things go very wrong. first time, it booted up, and it killed most of my other devices, and told me I should reboot to save settings or something. Then I came back to XP, some stuff worked, LAN, USB, but video was definitely not right. Then I rebooted again, and it froze like before. I rebooted again, into VGA mode, things were fine, and I uninstalled the Nvidia driver, 77.72 I think, and then it went back to normal, except video was slow because it had no driver.

So, what should I do, whats the problem? Is the card dying? It works as basic SVGA with no driver, but as soon as I put the driver in, it hates me. Is my driver corrupted, should I download it again? Should I try a different driver? There was one that came on a CD with my card which I didnt try because I've always heard that the newest detonator driver is the best/most stable for the geforce line. Or could it be something else I'm not seeing? All my problems seem to stem from the time when I install the video driver, so thats all I can think about, but maybe I have tunnel vision or something. Thanks guys, hope your fresh eyes can see what I cant.


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