'Display Driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has recovered'
Takes place a few minutes into COD4. Have seen it in Vista when doing anything. The rate at which it appears in vista is inconsistent, though gaming is fairly reliable to crash within minutes.
Solutions found on the net and tried:
Latest Nvidia Drivers
Latest Beta Nvidia Drivers
Nvidia Omega Drivers
Applied Kb938194 Vista Update (does not apply to system)
Applied KB938979 Vista Update (does not apply to system)
Used Driver Sweep to clear out all possible Nvidia Drivers, reinstalled latest
Renamed nvlddmkm.sys -> nvlddmkm.sys.old and reinstalled drivers
PC Specs: (Nothing OC'd)
OS = Vista 64 bit Ultimate (SP1 - latest drivers updated)
CPU = Dual Core 3.16gig
Motherboard = Gigabyte GA-EP35-Ds3P (updated bios)
Memory = Kingston HyperX 4G (KHX8500D2K2/2GN) (4X1gig each) (5-5-5-15)
Graphics = 8800GTX (768mb dedicated mem, 2559 available graphics mem)
Power = Thermaltake 850W
Moniors = BenQ + Acer (AL1916) (Dual monitor setup)
HDD = Segate 160gig 7200 + (2x 300gig raid 0 + 2x 80gig raid 0) Raid done by external card not motherboard. Had it done on a different motherboard and have not transfered it to the motherboard as I am having issues.
I was running everything sweet with no hiccups with the same system above except I upgraded the CPU from dual core 2.66 and motherboard (asus p5k, died because of bios update fail, as new cpu was not recognised by previous bios :/).
I have tried almost everything I could find and now I am really at a loss at what to do next
I really do need some expert advise and would appreciate anyone who could help
I have attached some mini-dumps which i found, no idea what they relate to, but they were from today. When the nvlddmkm errors occur they dont appear to create mini dumps.
If anyone requires anymore information, just ask and I can get it. May need to tell me how to get it for the complicated stuff. Thanking in advance
Noted GPU temp gets to 79 degrees during a game. Though research over the net revealed that normal operating temp is 80 degrees with a cut off threshold of 140..
Idle Temp = 52
Just went into a game, jumped on a server and with 10sec the screen went a little weird and then COD4 stopped working with the nvlddmkm error.
GPU temp about 53.
Noticed CPU1 = 0% usage and CPU2 = 100% usage during these and other times when this error has come up
CPU temps during all this went from 30 degrees to 46 degrees.
I read somewhere that it could have been a power issue. As stated in my specs, I have a 850W Thermaltake Power Supply.
I dc'd case fans, and 2x hdd (300gig) and tested the system out. COD4 fails 5->7min into the game with same error.
I have also placed my 8800GTX in the 2nd PCI Express Slot. Everything installed as it should. As I went to startup my 2nd monitor through the settings, the error came once again.
I have also renamed nvlddmkm.sys -> nvlddmkm.sys.old. -> expanded the nvlddmkm.sys file from the Nvidia installation folder and placed it in the system32 folder. Computer still comes up with the same error.
The help here has been great..... Such a great input.
Anyhows, I have discovered what was causing the error and crash. (A truely Ripley's believe it or not...)
My Kingston HyperX was the culprit...
I have the KHX8500D2K2/2GN running at 800mhz which is underpowered according to the specifications (1066mhz). This fixes the issue, no more errors. When I adjust timings to specifications (1066mhz, 5-5-5-15, 2.2V), the error appears.
Alternatively I have tried Patriot Memory 800mhz which has proven to be stable, no errors.
I have also tried to get my KHX6400D2K2/4G working but no luck... Runing in auto option (667mhz) leaves me with blue screens. When I change settings to specifications (800mhz, 5-5-5-15, 2.0V) I end up with nvlddmkm errors... So returned the Kingston in exchange for Patriot Memory
I hope this post helps other people who have received this issues and apply all known fixes which I have. Research on this topic revealed that the cause for this error can be many things and various different types of solutions would solve it.
Though I can now play COD4, when going setting dream scene I again receive the famous nvlddmkm error....
It appears the problem has not been fixed completely.... If anyone has any further ideas, would be great to hear it.
No luck so far with the attempt any solution yet.
I have however come accross this message board that are tackling this same issue