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I have 2 gtx 260s and I tried to overclock them using evga preision but after setting them to the max my pc froze forcing me to restart and after windows boots it freezes again im running in safe mode for now to fix the problem but i cant get it to work nor can i find any help online is there something i need to do to the card to reset it

asked Sep 16 '11 at 13:13

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You really shouldn't max out everything. You probably overclocked them WAY too high. I would say to bring them back down to the default clocks somehow.

answered Sep 16 '11 at 13:34

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wiindows crashes so i cant do anything i deleted the software and itt fixed the crashing issue it rest but now i tried to get SLI and surrround to work and now my pc wont even turn on

(Sep 16 '11 at 13:40) theghost theghost's gravatar image

if you get no response at all from the computer then you might have burned the southbridge =/ I did it once when tuning my gfx card.. get inside and smell for any foul stench of death from the mobo and gfx card

(Sep 16 '11 at 13:56) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

i geet a response form my pc but wiindows is now stuck on the welcome screen im going to boot in safe mode and see what happens then

(Sep 16 '11 at 14:13) theghost theghost's gravatar image

aha then all is well.. you just managed to fuck up windows.. try to get into safe mode, maybe reset the CMOS and if all fails, reinstall windows

(Sep 16 '11 at 14:16) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

come on tim allen. is that really necessary?

answered Sep 16 '11 at 14:04

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Jason Barnett

You need to reset the clock speed defaults in the bios, Windows will not load in your current configuration.

Try booting into the bios, there is usually a setting to reload the bios default settings.

answered Sep 16 '11 at 15:01

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I fixed the Issue but now im still trying to fix a crashing issue that i get every now and then its random and has only happened once since the fix and a few times when i first put in the new card

answered Sep 16 '11 at 16:09

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a wild guess... something is not compatible.. memory not optimal, too little power on the PSU, you need a beefy one for running SLI.. Might be the drivers who are screwed up. My friend next to me gets crashes all the time because of the buggy drivers from nvidia. Try reinstalling them.

(Sep 16 '11 at 16:30) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

I'll try the drivers it happened again also do you know how I can boost my frame rate

(Sep 16 '11 at 16:45) theghost theghost's gravatar image

lower your graphics settings or upgrade your video card. CPU can have impact but mostly only when you are running other tasks in the background.

(Sep 16 '11 at 19:30) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

Sounds like drivers to me, good luck getting windows to do anything without the drivers for the video card. I'd reset the cmos, check bios and restart in safemode with windows boot disk in optical drive. if you can get that to work, shut down, then pull the graphics cards out and temporarily use your old graphics card to download all the drivers you can find for the last 5 iterations of your graphics cards. then shutdown, reinstall the graphics cards, change bios back, and give it a try. No way to know without troubleshooting.

answered Sep 17 '11 at 19:33

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no videocard on the planet allows you to push the clock speed sliders to the max

you have to increase them 5-10MHz at a time then test for stability, then when you get instability, back down by 20MHz

if you have other issues and want to rule out hardware issues, see if you have a extra hard drive that you can use, or make a 20GB partition in your current hard drive then install a extra copy of windows,

them keep it bare minimum, install windows, install the drivers, then install a game and see if you have the same issue

(if it runs without crashing then in your main OS check your drivers and running processes some people will install programs which add startup items where upon launching will allocate videocard resources in such a way that does not work well with your games, (eg try running vitamin d video (security camera software) and global agenda at the same time and see how long you go without getting a BSOD)

there are many things that can cause a crash and ruling out hardware will save a lot of time

answered Sep 17 '11 at 20:11

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I got it to work but it's not windows that crashes its my driver software I know this because my music will still play and windows will still make noises for notification I'm using the most recent drivers ive unistalled and reinstalled themand still have this problem.

(Sep 17 '11 at 20:57) theghost theghost's gravatar image

I get nvidia driver crashes also, but it is often caused by issues with certain games, for example, running global agenda and vitamin d video at the same time, the graphics drivers will crash, the screen will go black then revert to 4 bit color

then eventually the system will blue screen

Or with the newer drivers and the GT/X 200 series nvidia cards having issues with team fortress 2 where after a while the game may hang for a while then the graphics will distort requiring you to minimize the game then maximize it again.

sometimes these kinds of issues will be caused by either bad drivers or issues with the game.

or issues with multiple programs attempting to use GPU acceleration at the same time, causing the driver to crash.

Some issues I personally have. I have goth a nvidia GTS 250 and a GTX 460

Nvidia GTS 250: TF2 will have a issue every few minutes to an hour where the game will hang for a while then the graphics will distort. (all driver versions past 266.58 cause the issue to happen more frequently

Under windows xp, games such as the witcher 2, alice madness returns, and fear 3 will cause the drivers to crash and eventually take the OS with it (due to lack of testing under windows xp)

When I upgraded to a GTX 460:

Global agenda (crashes taking the OS with it if you run it with vitamin d video (happens with the GTS 250 also).

Global agenda will lag like crazy if high character detail is enabled when using a GTX 460. TF2 will no longer distort but it will crash to desktop more often. Games like red alert 2 will have performance issues due to their GPU usage being too low to get the card to change into it's 3d mode.

(Sep 17 '11 at 22:12) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Adding the rest in another comment since this site has a bug where after a certain number of lines the comment box hides all additional text.

The only way to really track down the issues is to test the games in a clean install, then try and track down if a issue is caused by the drivers or the hardware or the game

(Sep 17 '11 at 22:16) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image
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