I will try tonight to make sure all my drivers are good to go. I'll play some crysis and other games and if it happens again I will most likely do a fresh install. I am combating my lazyness on this one but one more BSOD will be motivation enough. Thanks for all the advice guys. O, and I am running Windows XP 32bit =( so that must be it.
I recently upgraded my Motherboard along with my RAM, GPU, and CPU, (See specs below) everything went smoothly at first, I did not do a fresh install of windows xp though I did do a repair install. At first I was getting BSOD Everytime I attempted to run BF2 (and only BF2), the game would BSOD right at the begining before anything visual was on the screen, EVERY time. I found out that that was an HD Audio Driver issue that was easily fixed. I have been playing Crysis (Max Settings) and at first everything was going wonderfull, then out of no where, (after hours and hours of gameplay) I get an NV4_DISP.DLL BSOD. Bare in mind the first BSOD was absolutely caused by my audio as it was a VIAHDUAA.SYS error which pretty much translates into my HD audio driver (i think lol, but its fixed now). I have googled and attempted to read up on this error but most of the threads are years old.
I am looking for a new and more revised explanation as to what this error can or does mean exactly. I have the newest drivers from invidia for my GTS 250, I also did a chipset update from the ASUS Website. I noticed that in my system page it states that my RAM is 3.25g and that has me confused aswell, not sure if that has anything to do with it but figured I would throw it out there. The BSOD has only happend twice in a period of three days with about 12-15 hours of gameplay total, the first happend after around 6 hours of gameplay, and the second was after about 2-3. I will keep an eye out if it happens again to see if it had the IRQL error aswell (I think it may have not sure =P).
Aside from the two random BSODs everything else and every other game have ran great with no problems. This isn't exactly urgent but I figured I would try and get an explanation because I just can't get a BSOD occurance out of the back of my head because it makes me think there is somthing not right (which is most likely valid). The RAM coming up as 3.25G gets on my nerves too. 3D Mark showsit a 4g and so does Driver Detective (oppinions on that program would be nice, I've heard things, but seems to work fine for me).All
All information and opinions on this subject will be greatly appreciated and respected =)
Thanks again in advance HH Gurus [;)]
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Thanks for the help man, I know now that it was almost a downgrade in some respects. It was my fault though of course for not oing research first before purchasing. I'm not really out that much money as the card was fairly cheap, and I already found a place for it in a family computer. Live n Learn xD
I figured I would upgrade my GFX Card a tad and the 8600GT didn't look like too bad of a choice at the time. Well I went ahead and purchased the card and it came in today, I ran a benchmark with 3dMark06 and got about 4500 marks with the 7900GS. When I thew the 8600GT in, I immediatly ran another bench and I got 2900 marks. Well, needless to say I was dissapointed. I know that the card is DX10 and I read that running DX10 cards on xp will basically make them run at DX9. I also know that my motherboard supports only 256mb shared video memory, and the 8600 GT I have has 512mb, I am not sure if any of these factors have anything to do with the low performance but figured I'd throw them in. So my question pretty much is: Is the 7900GS really a better card than the 8600GT or is there some other issue that is making the 8600GT perform poorly.
Thanks in advance,
I just went out and bought a new Lite-on 16x DVD/CD ROM drive, plugged it up and boom, works like a charm so it had to of been the hardware because I tried everything to fix the damn thing and still nothing. The fact that I bought a new one and plugged it right in and it worked without any other installments or downloads is proof enough I guess.
I just reformatted my hard drive and everything was looking peaching and I thought I had everything updated and ready to go. I download all the windows updates of course and all my hardware drivers. I also installed the Windwos.net Framework 3.5. When I tried to install some of my games none of them would auto run. I have already checked all the steps on the microsoft technical support page (Regestry software, drivers, everything) I can not think of anything else that would be causing this to happen. My DVDRW ROM drive is IDE Master 0 and my HD is IDE Master 01 (not sure if that matters) I'll also have the little spacer on the back of the drive plugged into (Master). Only thing I can think of at this point is that my Drive is faulty but I have had it less than a year so that is kinda odd imo.
EDIT: I just found out t hat the drive is only recognizing CD-ROM CDs and even my computer is seeing it as a CD-ROM drive (exept for in the Device Manager)
Any help or ideas to why this would be happening would be greatly appreciated.
I have decided to put together a new rig for 08, I have taken a look threw newegg and made up a list of all the components I am going to need. The one thing I am not sure on is the OS I am going to use. I have added Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate DVD to the list for the OS but am not really sure if I want to go threw that again. I have had Vista on my past 2 rigs and it didn't end very well, I am now running windows XP on both of them again. I think that most of those issues were hardware related and also due to the infancy of the software at the time. So now that I am going to put together a new rig for 08 and I know that there will not be any hardware adequacy issues I am really wanting to try and get it to work. I am here to get your opinion on if I should fork up the cash for this again due to the new and adequate hardware and the updates that I assume have came out to fix some (hopefully most) issues. I will insert a list of all the components I am going to be purchasing for this new rig along with links and any advice on that would be appreciated as well.
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate DVD
Thanks in advance for the help =)
Case - COOLER MASTER Stacker 830 Evolution RC-830-SSN3-GP Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
HD - Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFDRTL 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
CD-ROM - ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T
ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T
GFX - XFX PVT80FSHF9 GeForce 8800GTX 768MB 384-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
PSU - ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ800 ATX12V / EPS12V 800W Patent Piperock Modular Power Supply
CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor Model BX80562Q6600
Channel Kit Desktop Memory
MOBO - ASUS MAXIMUS EXTREME LGA 775 Intel X38 ATX Intel Motherboard
OS - Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate DVD (Maby?)