nVidia BSOD nvlddmkm.sys


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Guest

I am using Vista Home Premium on:
Athlon64 3000
MSI GeForce 7800GT
GA-K8NF-9 motherboard
2GB RAM

Every time I tried to install, the installer would BSOD near the end when it
tried to load my video drivers. The BSOD pointed to nvlddmkm.sys. I was
finally able to complete an install by letting this happen, then booting from
the disc and using the command prompt to delete nvlddmkm.sys. When the
installer tried to continue, it couldn't find the driver so it just went on
without it.

Any time I try to install video drivers, I get the same BSOD pointing to
nvlddmkm.sys. I have tried all kinds of drivers from the default one privided
with Vista, to nVidia's WHQL drivers, to nVidia's beta drivers. All give
exactly the same fault.

I have updated my BIOS, loaded default BIOS settings, and updated my nForce
motherboard drivers to no avail.

My system has never had any problems running Windows XP and it continues to
work fine when I boot it up since I installed Vista.

Does anyone know what's causing this and if there's a fix? I understand that
nVidia are having lots of driver problems but it seems that most people can
at least get in to Windows. I haven't been able to try out Aero yet!
 
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Hohen

I have the same problem when I install vista, but there thi problem also windows xp and the bug ar localized on "CPU to AGP" driver. I need to install VIAGART file driver contained in VIA-Hyperion package.... maybe run under Vista. ;-)

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Guest

I have found and fixed the problem today. This is what appears to happen.
during the installation of the most current drivers 100.65 Vista, an OLD file
nvlddmkm.sys is copied into windows/system32/drivers and not the current one
in the install. As a result the new drivers are attempting to access a file
dated 11/2006 instead of 2/2007 ver 7.15.11.0065 which is in the newest WHQL
driver ver 100.65 vista 32.

Fix: Go to windows/system32/drivers and rename nvlddmkm.sys to
nvlddmkm.sys.old. Go to the nvidia directory and find the file nvlddmkm.sy_
and copy it to windows/system32. Using the cmd window (DOS box) type
EXPAND.EXE nvlddmkm.sy_ nvlddmkm.sys. When the expansion is complete, copy
the new nvlddmkm.sys to windows/system32/drivers and restart the computer.

Your computer should now work properly.

You will notice that any uninstall and reinstall of nvidia drivers will not
remove the old nvlddmkm.sys file and will not overwrite it with the newer
version. You have to do it manually. I do not know why this happens but who
cares as long it is fixed.

Good luck...
 
G

Guest

The latest Nvidia 158 driver goes through the process of eliminating older
versions. However, that is NOT the only problem and will NOT fix your system
permanently.

Various websites and a potential law suit talk about the problem of using the
8800 Series with Vista. When running DreamScene, DirectX 10.0 demos, and
video DVD's, a message pops up saying that Nvlddmkm.dll or nvlddmkm.sys has
lost connectivity and has been recovered. In some cases the computer has to
be rebooted and the offending programs not run again. In some cases, there
is a BSOD or other error messages.

Many solutions, including driver updates and elimination of older versions
of the drivers have been suggested. None of them work.

Well, for me the problem appears fixed; I simply turned off UAC!!!!!!!!!!!!
Everything has been running fine for an hour, which is a record.

My setup is as follows:

* Hardware and software firewall, antispyware, and anti virus software
* Asus Striker Extreme
* PNY 8800 GTX -- Driver version 7.15.11.5818 (158.15)
* 2 GB Corsair Dominator memory
* OC the CPU to 3.00 MHz
* Two Raptor RAID 0 drives
* External RAID 5 backup
* Creative X-Fi gamer

I really hope that this post helps people.
 
C

Curious

Winupdate does not install the latest drivers for a Graphics card. It
installs the drivers that the Graphic card manufacturer released when the
graphics card was first shipped which are often not at all compatible with
your current system.
The current Drivers for cards with Nvidia chips from the Nvidia Web site are
the 190.xx drivers.
 
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Curious

You should get the latest drivers for your card from Nvidia not Microsoft or
from the card manufacturer since the card manufacturers often never update
the drivers after the original shipment of the cards themselves and therfore
MS does not update them for the card either.
 
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Curious

I am saying that since getting the latest released driver version from the
graphic chip vendors website has been the solution for many users using MS
provided graphic card drivers. A year or two ago a former MS employee
explained in a post why the MS graphic card drivers are often not even from
a recent release much less the latest release version. The date of the
drivers does not always correspond to the date that graphic card driver
released them. The release version number is what is important.
 
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Curious

So are you unable to use the computer, or are you only having trouble with
some video based applications? Can you play a DVD using MC or another DVD
playing application?
I do not have all of the posts from this thread since many responders have
snipped the content of the previous posters.
 
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Curious

It is best to update Windows drivers from the vendors website then from
Windows Update.
 

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