GeForce 6800 GS Problems/Driver recommendations required.

By Morgus
Aug 19, 2006
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  1. Hello,

    I have a problem with my NVidia GeForce 6800 GS.
    As soon as I'm starting to play a game it randomly freezes for a few seconds or it comes up with an BSOD that says nv4_disp.dll is caught in an infinite loop (minidump included).

    I've tryed a lot of things to fix it already like:
    -Replacing drivers.
    -Formatted my computer.
    -Bought new RAM and PSU.
    And im browsing forums for a few months now looking for other answers and I'm getting pretty tired of this.

    The specs are:
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-8I915PM
    CPU: Intel Pentium 4 515, 2933 MHz (22 x 133)
    RAM: 1024 MB DDR SDRAM PC3200 (200 MHz)
    PSU: 650W
    (If there is any more you need, just ask).

    Right now I'm using the 84.21 drivers and they seem to last longer without crashing than the newest ones (not 100% sure on this though).

    Morgus :)

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  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Your minidump crashes at your video card drivers. It has a bugcheckof EA.

    This is the meaning of your bugcheck code.

    0x000000EA: THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER

    A device driver problem has caused the system to pause indefinitely (hang). Typically, this is caused by a display driver waiting for the video hardware to enter an idle state. This might indicate a hardware problem with the video adapter, or a faulty video driver.

    As you can see, drivers are often the culprit. However, it can also be caused by a faulty video card.

    If at all possible, try the card in another system and see if you get the same results.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. Morgus

    Morgus Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Thanks for the quick reply,

    It will be hard for me to test it on another system since we only have one.
    Isn't there some other way to test it?

    Morgus :)
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +19

    That`s unfortunate.

    All you can really do, is try different drivers. If that doesn`t solve your problem and you keep getting the same bugcheck, it looks like a faulty card.

    Make sure the card is clean and not full of dust etc and that any fan it has is running properly. You could also open your case and aim a deskfan at your card and see if the crashes become less frequent. If they do, it`s an overheating problem.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. Morgus

    Morgus Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Ok thanks.

    Are there any recommended drivers or should I just try some random ones?
    I do use drivercleaner first while in safemode before the install.

    My case was already open to make sure that wasn't the problem.
    If other drivers won't work, I'll try to clean it and put a fan on it.

    Morgus :)
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso Newcomer, in training Posts: 25,948   +19

    I can`t recommend any specific drivers for your card. However, I`m sure some of our other members will have recommendations.

    I`ll edit your thread title to reflect this.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 278

    hmm I got the same card without the problem

    you mentioned your power supply was 650 Watts? HOw many amps do you have on the 12V rail? and most importantly what brand is it?
  8. Morgus

    Morgus Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    The new one is:

    Sweex Low Noise (Retail, BA000110, 2 fans)

    650 Watts

    230V, 50Hz
    110/220 V Volt

    +3,3V 28 A
    +5Vsb 2 A
    +5V 45 A
    -5V 0,5 A
    +12V 25 A
    -12V 0,8 A

    but I had the same thing on my old PSU (that one didn't have enough Watts. That's why I bought it in the first place).

    Morgus :)
  9. Morgus

    Morgus Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I've done all the things you said and updated the drivers to 91.36 (from this site) but my screen still froze every few minutes.

    Morgus :)

    Edit: Sorry for double post. I saw it too late.
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    any drivers after 81.98 are not stable.
  11. Morgus

    Morgus Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Strange that you go to the 91.31 drivers at the NVIDIA site then, but I'll try the 81.98.

    Thanks!
    Hope this works.

    Edit: I updated my drivers to 81.98 but unfortunatly it still froze..
     
  12. Sarah07

    Sarah07 Newcomer, in training Posts: 25

    I suggest you to updateyour mother board drivers & bios too!
    tough gigabyte never released GA-8I915Pm but i thout you means GA-8I915P-MF may be you've bought a pretended one!
    you could update your bios & drivers from the link below
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=1800
    I suggest you to bought a gigabyte Vga next time they're better and also match your mother board too.
    Sincerely Sarah
  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    Uninstall the NVIDIA display drivers and let them install through Windows Update. This will install the most stable drivers for ur card.
    BTW, 91.36 is not meant for standalone display adapters, only for the Quadro series.
  14. Morgus

    Morgus Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I do notice some difference now I use 81.98. At 81.98+ it froze every 10 minutes and now i only have it 1 time a day so that's a lot better.
    About the mother board, I bought my computer instead of building it myself so that explains the GA-8I915PM.
    For the updates I used http://download.gigabyte.com.tw/ but I'll look at the link you gave me aswell as the Microsoft Update site.

    Thanks for your help.

    Edit: I have updated my mother board drivers with the link you gave me but I don't know how to do the bios and I heard it can go wrong pretty badly so I'd like to have a little more info on that if possible.
    When I uninstalled my display drivers and ran Windows Update I got nothing.. So I reinstalled 81.98.
  15. Sarah07

    Sarah07 Newcomer, in training Posts: 25

    try link below it's from gigabyte site
    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Support/Motherboard/HowToReflashBIOS.aspx
    and this if you need more.
    http://www.cyberwalker.com/columns/jul98/073098.html
    I think it's necessary cause you're motherboard is unknown maybe too old , are you sure it's agp 8 maybe it's agp4! if it's agp4 you're problem will solve by updating bios it also increas proformance.
  16. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf Newcomer, in training Posts: 23

    I'm having the same problem, with the same vid-card and I can't get proper drivers becuase I'm running Windows XP Professional x32. 1.5 gig RAM, 3.00 Ghz Dual-Core Processor, 480W power supply.
  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    Did u try using Windows Update and\or getting the 81.98 drivers?
  18. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf Newcomer, in training Posts: 23

    81.98 doesn't cover anything to do with 6800GS, I have one newish of the betas, unfortunately.
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    Whatever do u mean it has nothing to do with the 6800GS? And using beta drivers will cause problems because they're just that, BETA, so they will be buggy. Try switching to 91.31 and see if it helps.
  20. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf Newcomer, in training Posts: 23

    Nothing to do, meaning doesn't support and doesn't accept or register that it's there.
  21. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    Funny, I wonder how Morgus got them to work.
  22. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf Newcomer, in training Posts: 23

    The version drivers compatable with the card, is the only one that doesn't exist, x32-bit XP Professional. Actually, the only requirement I don't meet with the card is a x64 bit Windows, and I don't feel like spending hundreds of dollars on that, when I have a $450, nonfunctional videocard.
  23. Morgus

    Morgus Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Sorry for the late response, I had some other things to do..

    It's still not working but the 81.98 drivers made it crash less (it freezes once a day instead of every 10 minutes and no more BSOD's so far) then when I used 81.98 or higher drivers.

    Thank you for the link Sarah07. I will try it this week and let you know if it helped or not.
  24. Jakethe8lf

    Jakethe8lf Newcomer, in training Posts: 23

  25. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,281   +24

    Morgus might have a PCI-Express one then. Not sure coz I can't find any info on his mobo. And I have no idea if it's possible to modify 81.98 to detect them. But that brings me to these drivers, from Omega and DNA. Try both and see if they sort out the problem.
    Omega Drivers for NVIDIA
    DNA Drivers for NVIDIA
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