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BSOD since new graphics card, happens regularly.

  1. #1


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    BSODs since new graphics card, happens regularly.


    Hello, this is my first attempt at making a thread on these forums, so bear with me
    Ever since I have upgraded from my trusty HD 6790 setup (2 in crossfire) to my GTX 780 (evga sc acx edition, if that matters) it has been a nightmare.
    I originally had Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on my PC, it was hard to get anything done, it would BSOD pretty much all the time, and just getting logged in was a pain, I tried multiple drivers and even tried an older driver with an inf mod.
    Upgrading to Windows 8 made things a bit better, but games were jerky, crash-y and froze alot; formatting my data drive sorted this. I still got alot of random BSOD's until I upgraded my motherboard and cpu.
    I went from an ASUS P7P55D-E PRO with an i3 530 to a Gigabyte Z87X-D3H-CF with an i7 4770k
    I'm currently running the latest driver, I have also tried different drivers with my new setup, apart from the older one as I can't get it to work on 8.1.
    My BSOD's occur every few hours, the bug check string changes alot, but the crash address is pretty much always ntoskrnl.exe (got this in win7, too)

    This is the best my pc has ever ran with this gpu, crashing every few hours. I tend to just be browsing the web, or leaving it idle when I goto sleep when it BSOD's.

    The only thing I can think of now is a bad power supply or bad card, although I highly doubt this as my psu ran fine with my crossfire setup + is 750w, then again, it isn't the best psu ever.
    It's a powercool 750w psu, not modular, I can't find it online. It has 4 pci-e connectors, 2 of which are 8-pin.

    I had 2 BSOD's typing this out :L so much for it happening every few hours.

    I have attached the files from the diagnostics tool.

    I also doubt my ram is bad as my PC ran fine with my AMD gpu's.
    Last edited by warri0r19; 03 Jan 2014 at 11:47.

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  2. #2


    Melbourne,FL.
    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center x64


    Did you uninstall the old AMD driver's and Catalyst Control Center, before you installed the NVidia driver's ? If not that's the problem and need's to be done pronto.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Pretty sure I did, I uninstalled them via ccleaner, then used DDU to clean everything up.
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  4. #4


    Melbourne,FL.
    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center x64


    When you put the new mobo. in did you do a clean install of Windows afterwards ?
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  5. #5


    Melbourne,FL.
    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center x64


    Here's a thread I found about ntoskrnl.exe problems. "ntoskrnl.exe" BSOD - Windows 7 Help Forums It basically say's doing a clean install of Windows fixes it.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I reinstalled Windows 7 a couple times when I was running win7, then upgraded to Win 8 and had the same problem. I honestly don't think it'll help.

    edit: I didn't do a clean install of windows 8 after I put the motherboard in
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    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I'm going to do a fresh install of win8 on my second ssd and see how it runs. I don't want to get rid of my current installation incase the fresh install makes no difference.

    - Windows 8 pro is now installed on a separate drive, the only drivers I've put on myself are the network driver and NVidia driver. If there's any tests I should do please tell me. I will use it normally and see if I get a bsod.
    Last edited by warri0r19; 03 Jan 2014 at 16:20.
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    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Just to add,
    I've ran furmark for an hour and 20 minutes fine now. It was running at 640x360, but with 8x MSAA and Dyamic camera enabled.
    Temps didn't exceed 74c (for the gpu)
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  9. #9


    Melbourne,FL.
    Posts : 187
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center x64


    That's the problem. Do a clean install of Windows. You can't put a new motherboard in without any issue's. Driver's are different from board to board. Do a clean install and I'll bet the issue won't appear. Here's another one that happen's in Windows 8.1: If you keep your documents, etc.. on a drive separate from where Windows is, leave that other drive unplugged, until the 8.1 upgrade is done. Apparentl 8.1 doesn't eork like older versions of Windows in that aspect. It give's weird issue's say if you had 8, etc. installed prior and had documents, downloads, music, etc. on another drive w/Windows pointed to them already in the old version. Stupid things like pre-installed modern app's, etc. will crash/freeze. It wasn't like that in 8, 7, etc. It worked fine in them.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Alright, I'll keep this fresh install of Windows running overnight, if I have no BSOD once I wake up I'll format my main boot drive and put a fresh copy of Win8 onto it. It's a shame I have to reinstall everything once again, though.
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