Posted 13 May 2009 - 05:49 AM
I hope someone can offer some suggestions for me.
3 Days ago I brought my computer out of sleep mode like always. Everything appeared fine at first then suddenly I lost video temporarily and it recovered and windows reported that my display driver had stopped and successfully recovered. At first I didn't think anything of it, but several minutes later it did it again. I looked for solutions online, and one was to update to the latest drivers for my Nvidia 7600, which I did.
Updating the drivers didn't solve my problems so I investigated further. Turns out 3 SMD electrolytic capacitors on my video card had blown. I immediately powered down my computer and later purchased an ATI Radeon 2400 replacement video card.
I installed the new video card and powered up my computer. The problem with my display driver stopping persist. I uninstalled and reinstalled the latest video drivers for card and it did not correct the problem.
My computer will freeze, then the screen will go black, and if it recovers windows reports this specific error.
"Display driver stopped responding and has recovered"
It does not always recover back to Windows. It will sometimes BSOD and Vista will restart my computer. This problem is intermittent, but occurs several times a day, and quite often several times in a row. I'm not doing anything special when these crashes occur. Sometimes I'm browsing the net, and sometimes the computer is just idling.
Sometimes these display driver crashes come just after red video artifacts and/or video shifts appear on my screen, sometimes not. What's quite interesting is sometimes these red video artifacts appear on my screen during POST prior to windows loading.
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6400 3.2GHz
Motherboard: Asus M2N
Memory: 4GB DDR2 RAM (fully tested with no errors)
PSU: Antec 650W TruePower TP3-650
Video: ATi Radeon HD 2400 Pro
OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP1
At this current time, I believe there are 3 possible answers for me.
1: My new ATI video card is faulty and/or is conflicting even tho I purchased it new from the store
2. My previous faulty video card damaged my MB and my MB now needs replacing.
3. Vista is screwed with the repeated uninstalling and reinstalling of video drivers.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.