Nvidia display driver crashes - forced to reboot

By Shigawire
Sep 29, 2008
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  1. System:
    Intel Extreme Quad Core 6700
    2GB PC6400 DDR2
    GeForce 8800GTX 768mb - Nvidia driver 178.13
    Asus Striker Extreme (Nforce 680)

    The Event Viewer says the following:

    19:32:14 event 108
    The driver nv4_disp for the display device \Device\Video0 got stuck in an infinite loop. This usually indicates a problem with the device itself or with the device driver programming the hardware incorrectly. Please check with your hardware device vendor for any driver updates.

    19:32:31 event 26
    Application popup: Windows - Display Driver Stopped Responding : The nv4_disp display driver has stopped working normally. Save your work and reboot the system to restore full display functionality. The next time you reboot the machine a dialog will be displayed giving you a chance to upload data about this failure to Microsoft.

    19:32:49 event 51
    An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk2\D during a paging operation.
    (this is strange since I have no page file on harddisk2, external 2TB WD HDD)

    19:35:30 event 1001
    The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x000000ea (0x8a59ebf0, 0x8a3d6f60, 0x89371d70, 0x00000001). A dump was saved in: C:\WINXP\Minidump\Mini092908-01.dmp.

    19:36:04 event 1003
    Error code 000000ea, parameter1 8a59ebf0, parameter2 8a3d6f60, parameter3 89371d70, parameter4 00000001.

    Minidump included.

    Anyone got any ideas?
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Try this:

    1. Dowload the free version of Driver Cleaner Pro.

    2. Download but don't install the latest drivers for your video card. Save it to your desktop.

    3. Uninstall your Nvidia drivers.

    4. Reboot your system into Safe Mode and use Driver Cleaner Pro. if it doesn't find anything Nvidia that is quite okay.

    5. Reboot your sytem into normal mode and install the latest drivers from Nvidia.

    * Let us know of the results.
  3. Shigawire

    Shigawire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 57

    I've already done that. Same results.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Try rolling back your driver. You may need to roll back more than one version, but start we the previous one first.
  5. Shigawire

    Shigawire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 57

    I went from 175 to 178, so I've tried those.
    Every time I install a new driver, I use Driver Sweeper to remove all traces of Nvidia/ATI display drivers.

    Can someone read anything from the minidump?
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,109   +21

    Your error is 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.


    The driver cited is nv4_disp.dll and there is tons on the internet concerning this .dll with more than work-around. It is a display driver. Have you tried to take out and then reseat your video card?
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