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nVidia 8800GT Woes -- need stable driver version suggestion

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nVidia 8800GT Woes -- need stable driver version suggestion

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Snowdown
03.19.2012 , 01:31 PM | #1
So, I'm running SWTOR on an 8800GT, and I had it running perfectly (other than the fact that every time SWTOR patched, I would video glitch for about a day before they fixed their patch), no crashes, no pixelated artifacts, etc.

Well, I messed with perfection and upgraded drivers of course. HUGE mistake. I started video glitching (to the point where my entire video locks up, reboot required) and crashing like crazy.

I found an old driver exe on my system and rolled back to 275.27, which fixed the locking up video, however I still experience frequent pixel artifacts, some FPS issues occasionally, and the driver crashes a few times a night -- most of the time the driver is able to recover leading to a black screen -- then swtor loading screen -- then back to where I was.

Is anyone running completely stable with a nVidia 8800GT and if so, can you provide me with some driver info, etc so that I can return to a better gaming experience?

Thanks.

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BCasey
03.19.2012 , 02:41 PM | #2
I'm running an 8800GT just fine, well relatively fine, obviously its not the best card for the game but I have no experienced any issues like you have.

I'll check my driver version when im at home and let you know
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Orizuru
03.19.2012 , 02:51 PM | #3
I'm amazed there are still functioning 8800's in use today. Those things were terrible at dissipating heat.

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blowmedown
03.19.2012 , 04:47 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Snowdown View Post
So, I'm running SWTOR on an 8800GT, and I had it running perfectly (other than the fact that every time SWTOR patched, I would video glitch for about a day before they fixed their patch), no crashes, no pixelated artifacts, etc.

Well, I messed with perfection and upgraded drivers of course. HUGE mistake. I started video glitching (to the point where my entire video locks up, reboot required) and crashing like crazy.

I found an old driver exe on my system and rolled back to 275.27, which fixed the locking up video, however I still experience frequent pixel artifacts, some FPS issues occasionally, and the driver crashes a few times a night -- most of the time the driver is able to recover leading to a black screen -- then swtor loading screen -- then back to where I was.

Is anyone running completely stable with a nVidia 8800GT and if so, can you provide me with some driver info, etc so that I can return to a better gaming experience?

Thanks.
The driver crashes a few times a nite! This sounds more like a heat issue.
Buy a can of compressed air, remove video card from PC, hold the fan still to keep it from turning, used air on the card to clean out all the dust and stuff. Install card and use a program to ramp up your fan speed on the card not sure what Nvidia is as i use AMD cards and MSI afterburner. Google is your friend. You might need to clean out you entire PC but the card would be a good start.

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Marctraider
03.19.2012 , 04:52 PM | #5
If you've already tried several drivers and still having 'instability' issues, perhaps there is more going on here than just the GPU driver?

Quote: Originally Posted by Quzum View Post
I'm amazed there are still functioning 8800's in use today. Those things were terrible at dissipating heat.
Excuse me, but isn't it the Heatspreader's 'Task' to dissipate the heat from the chip, and on its turn the air blown towards it? How can a chip not 'dissipate' its heat properly?

I assume you mean the chips itself were just hotheads.
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Roguehwz
03.19.2012 , 04:56 PM | #6
Maybe your card is entering its last stage of life.... Prepare for imminent hardware failure.

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OkuKeelus
03.19.2012 , 05:06 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Quzum View Post
I'm amazed there are still functioning 8800's in use today. Those things were terrible at dissipating heat.
Indeed.

Still rocking a passive cooled 8800GT here tho. Surprised it hasn't set my case on fire in all those years.

It doubles as a furnace in those long cold winters
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shadowfoxe
03.19.2012 , 05:09 PM | #8
sorry i cannot speak to drivers as to i learned if the vid card works do not update drivers unless absolutely necessary because half the time it messes many games up.
but read below i have a suggestion since you run the same card i do

i have a 8800 GTX and this video card combined with a core 2 duo the game is very very difficult to play if i do alot of zone changes (i.e. PVP)
I Found one thing that helps called MemClean
what it does is it forces the game to let go of my RAM clearing the Cache. It helps alot with problems.

http://www.koshyjohn.com/software/memclean/

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Wildwa
03.20.2012 , 12:45 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by Quzum View Post
I'm amazed there are still functioning 8800's in use today. Those things were terrible at dissipating heat.
Haha, my old 8800 finally burned up recently in my old rig... Never tried it with TOR though.

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jasta_
03.20.2012 , 05:22 AM | #10
I found SWTOR does NOT play nice with unstable cards.

Other games will kick you back to windows or trigger a driver crash... SWTOR will just hard lock and freeze your comp.

Is your card factory overclocked?

Mine was and it caused a ton of crashes. I underclocked it back to the stock settings and all my problems went away.

It's not ideal but I'd rather play the game with slightly less performance than not play at all.