The big famous Blue Screen of Death

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Sbenyunes

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Hello guys, I just found out by chance this site and saw some of you are really good at things I am not.
Well, it all started when I got this Nvidia 9500 thing back in like 3 years ago, lots of time I had these crashes that gave me a nv4.dll error, and made me restart my computer more times than I probably should in one day than I would in the course of one year. Well, I gave it back to the store, they checked it, nothing wrong with it, but gave me another. They installed the latest driver and there I went. And it still happened. Only much less frequent, something I had to get used to eventually.
2 months ago, I had to format my computer, because I went nuts, and upgraded my old windows XP to Win 7, well that's a blast , I said. Only that instead of the nv4.dll problems, I got now the famous Blue Screen(tm). Well, it was good and all till it really made me mad, and I could finish one level in a game I recently got, it drove me mad again, and instead of changing to Win8 I came to you.
http://img853.imageshack.us/img853/9997/20121223202400.jpg
I got it briefly before it went down.
I got the dxdial log below.

Things I tried that didn't work:
Downloaded the newest driver from NVidia.
Tried doing the memory check from the website you always give, and I don't have a clue on how to do it.
Kicked the computer.

Please Help!
 

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Welcome to TSG! (y)
It's a common problem so your not alone. :D
One thing to try first is a "clean" install. go to nvidia, get the newest driver package, download/save to a familiar location.
go to add/remove and uninstall the nvidia display drivers. you computer will need to restart and when it does the screen will look funky and be at 800x600 resolution. its normal. after your booted up, find the new display package you downloaded, and install. it should ask to reboot again. when it comes back up it may auto set a resolution, ( you can change it to what you prefer)
Test your games, see if it still BSOD's.

If a clean install doesn't help there are other more complicated ways.
Perhaps someone else knows a better easy way. :D
 
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Hmm, there is a clean, clean install... after uninstalling the display drivers and before restarting you run driver cleaner and remove all nvidia files. then reboot and reinstall. Will that work? no idea. :D
This was the recommended cleaner in another old TSG post, http://www.afterdawn.com/software/security/system_cleanup/driver_cleaner_pro.cfm

Also read a mention of direct X.. maybe try an update of that too. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35

Here is the more complicated "expand and replace" fix. http://www.ehow.com/how_7182639_repair-nvlddmkm_sys-error.html

Man, you google this error and there are so many posts to read, some work some don't. The problem ranges from drivers to failed hardware. I would try the clean, clean install before the expand method.

Lets keep our fingers crossed. (y)
 
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