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Gateway Fx8040 Dies During An Nvidia Driver Install


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#1 Gecko 1123

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 06:11 PM

I recently downloaded a new driver for my Nvidia 8800GTS graphics card. I have Windows Vista Ultimate Edition 32-bit. Part of the way through the installation, this happens: my screen turns black, and my computer beeps. I was able to get Windows working again by doing a system restore. What happened? Do FX8040's have a known tendency to do this? And if I try to update my driver again, what should I do differently? Thanks for your help.

Edited by Gecko 1123, 10 February 2008 - 06:18 PM.

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 07:44 PM

Did you get the driver from the nVidia website? If not, I'd suggest only using the drivers from there (and only using the WHQL certified ones). This could be a problem with the driver itself, the add-ons put on by the folks that you downloaded it from, a bad download, or issues with your card.

In short, if it ain't broke, there's no need to fix it. I'd say leave it alone since it seems to be working OK.
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 08:59 PM

Did you get the driver from the nVidia website? If not, I'd suggest only using the drivers from there (and only using the WHQL certified ones). This could be a problem with the driver itself, the add-ons put on by the folks that you downloaded it from, a bad download, or issues with your card.

In short, if it ain't broke, there's no need to fix it. I'd say leave it alone since it seems to be working OK.


I got it from the Nvidia website, and it is WHQL certified. I need the driver to fix crashes while playing Crysis.
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 08:26 AM

If the driver misbehaves when you install it, and you also have system crashes - I'd suspect that there was another issue involved here.

Could you post the information from the system crashes for us to have a look at? In case you can't find it, here's a link to info about finding it: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...tml#entry409491
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 02:11 PM

If the driver misbehaves when you install it, and you also have system crashes - I'd suspect that there was another issue involved here.

Could you post the information from the system crashes for us to have a look at? In case you can't find it, here's a link to info about finding it: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...tml#entry409491

I didn't mean blue screens of death, I meant the screen goes black for like 5 minutes, and then it comes back and I get a message saying: (the graphics driver, I forget what the file is called) encountered a problem and has been recovered. And sometimes, the screen would freeze and show random triangles in like 8-bit colors. Then I'd have to shut it down with the power button.
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OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit




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