I just purchased a barebones machine that came with a BIOSTAR A880G+ Mobo and AMD Athalon II X3 460 CPU. I then bought a 530W PSU and an Geforce GT 610 (2GB version) and a 4GB stick of RAM. Got home, installed windows 7 x86, updated and began installing games.
First off was F.E.A.R which ran splendidly for about 20 minutes. Then I started noticing tearing in the graphics and some FPS lag. This lasted for about 15 seconds and the screen turned black and the computer rebooted. A similar occurrence happened with BF2. Minecraft froze repeatedly in worlds with complex builds but did not crash. I had one instance of VLC causing the computer to crash when attempting to play a 720p resolution video.
A google search suggest increasing TDR delay, so I increased it to 8 seconds. This stopped the computer from rebooting but the games still crashed. The Nvidia graphics setting are all set to "performance". 3D vision, network service, and streamer services have all been disabled. Doing those things has helped crashes to a degree but it's still rather random. I can play for 10 minutes or 3 hours without a crash. I don't know very much about adjusting clock speeds or voltages with graphics cards so I've been reluctant to tinker around with that but I'm wondering if the graphics card is demanding more juice than my mobo is providing.
Here are the last errors from the event viewer:
Graphics Exception: MISSING_MACRO_DATA
Graphics Exception: ESR 0x404490=0x80000001
Variable String to Large
Graphics MME Exception Type: MAX_INSTR_LIMIT
Graphics Exception: Shader Program Header 11 Error
Graphics Exception: Shader Program Header 18 Error
Graphics Exception: ESR 0x405840=0xa2040800
Not sure if this is a driver issue, a hardware issue or a configuration issue, though it seems these types of problems are relatively common with nvidia cards. Too bad there's no single known fix . Some of the nvlddmkm errors were nowhere on google (ie MISSING_MACRO_DATA), which is...discouraging. If anyone can point me in the right direction and help me to avoid ulcers that would be great.
Thanks in advance
Motherboard: BIOSTAR A880G+
BIOS VERSION: American Megatrends 080016 (09/21/11)
CPU:AMD Athalon II X3 460 3400MHZ
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x86
GPU GeFOrce GT 610, 2048MB RAM, Driver: 347.52
Edited by Benquo, 07 March 2015 - 08:46 PM.