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Vista SP1 and NVIDIA issues (I think)
robzy 
6/9/08 1:53:13 PM
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So I installed Vista 64 SP1, install went okay although it seemed to go very slowly.

I have a dual monitor set up with an XFX 7600GT.

- During install the two monitors mirrored eachother

- Upon first boot the secondary monitor didn't recieve any signal. The login screen came up, but when I tried to log in it would BSOD with "System Service Exception"

- Booting into safe mode (and safe mode with networking) would be fine. The two monitors would mirror eachother.

Because safe mode worked fine, and the monitors acted differently to Normal Boot, I assumed it had something to do with GFX drivers. I installed 175.19_geforce_winvista_64bit_english_whql.exe . (Downloaded from NVIDIA site last night)

- Boot into Normal Mode with the new drivers, and a BSOD (with no real descriptive elements) appears right as the shell is meant to be loaded.

Would anyone happen to have any ideas?

Thanks,
Rob.

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sirsquidness 
6/9/08 11:34:18 PM
Champion

Boot in to safe mode, uninstall drivers for graphics card, restart, install a version or two older drivers, perhaps.

Check event log under safe mode for any info on what may be crashing. Right click My Computer -> Manage -> System Tools -> Event Viewer -> Windows Logs -> System, and then Application after that. Check for errors (they will have a red cross next to them).

If it's BSODing before the GUI has loaded, the event viewed service wont have started, so you wont get any info there for that, but you probably will for the System Service Exception problem.

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robzy 
6/9/08 11:52:25 PM
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Okay, this install of Vista just seems to be buggered :S

For starters there was only one shortcut in Quicklinks in the taskbar, and that was for the desktop, and didn't actually have a proper icon. (Vista and 2k8 both had more)

Furthermore, when I try and save stuff from Event Viewer, a snap-in crashes and takes down a bit with it.

There were quite a few random errors under System. I think I might just format and give it another shot.

Is there any way that I can check the installation media?

[edit] : For those people with Vista x64 DVDs, can you run "cdrom:\sources\sperr32.exe" on XP32? I can't, but I think I should.

Rob.


Edited by robzy: 7/9/2008 12:07:21 AM

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illdrift 
7/9/08 10:27:28 AM
Overlord

175.xx drivers can be quite problematic, i remember getting a lot of blue screens. 177.83 i think are the latest whql and 177.92 are the latest beta. If those won't work on your 7600gt then i know atleast 169.25 were good.

I'd try one of those drivers before seeing what other problems remain

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robzy 
7/9/08 11:50:38 AM
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Well, that solved the BSODs, thanks. I can't remember the last time I had driver issues like that :P

Vista is still running like a bitch though, so I think I'm going to wipe it clean and start again.

Rob.

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robzy 
7/9/08 2:52:30 PM
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Wiped clean and started again, this time didn't have a secondary monitor. Everything went fine (also went much quicker).

It's running as slow as all heck again, simple tasks throw both cores up to 50%, but I'm guessing that's a driver issue.

Rob.

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SceptreCore 
7/9/08 4:01:53 PM
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Id look at getting the older 174.74 drivers.

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