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GPU Drivers crash when opening/playing games

by Repulsive_Chap / August 12, 2015 4:37 AM PDT

Okay, this problem occurred out of nowhere. When I was ingame playing Dota 2 which is not that demanding for the graphic card, the drivers crashed and I couldn't restart the game. I decided to restart the computer and try again but every time i tried to relaunch the game, my computer either froze and I was not able to move anything, forcing me to restart, or the drivers restarted exiting all the applications with an error message complaining about "windows nvidia kernel mode driver crash". I also tried launching different games.

My first fixes were to sweep the computers GPU drivers and install the stable version I got with a CD when i bought the computer. Didn't work. I also changed a value to 8 in the GraphicsDrivers to 8 (A how to fix told me to do it) but that didn't work either.

So now im stuck with 2 different answers to the problem. First one is my GPU is too old and I need a new one. Second is my PSU doesn't provide enough power to the GPU.

SPECS
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.3GHz
8,00 GB
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
Antec 550W

Any help that can confirm if it's either PSU or GPU problem or both, would be greatly appreciated. Or if you got any questions or tests you would like me to run, I would appreciate it aswell. Thanks!

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Watch what they do at shops.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 12, 2015 6:14 AM PDT

To figure out if it's PSU or GPU they swap in new ones. Horrible, isn't it?

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Fix I found Today
by PCMustardRice / August 16, 2015 3:32 PM PDT

Hello, I also had this problem for a while (when playing League, cs:go, etc. which aren't that demanding) and found a really easy fix today. What worked for me was going to the NVIDIA Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > and turn 'Power management mode' to 'Prefer maximum performance'. Hopefully it works for you as well.

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The fix I did
by Repulsive_Chap / August 17, 2015 7:17 AM PDT

I simply bought an EVGA 960 and hoped for the best. Now my computers runs really well. Thanks for the answers anyway!

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