my system had, over the last few weeks, been getting increasingly unstable. Probably Windows had updated some drivers etc. I first noticed it when working on a movie score with the video track running, Cubase would sometimes start stuttering real fast, become frozen for a few seconds and get back to normal. I first thought it was the disc wit the video, for some reason not being fast enough, so I put the video on an external HD, seemed temporarily better.
I wrote to Nvidia, they suggested the newest driver.( Geforce 7300) Did that, but that one seemed totally shakey, my second monitor would get blacks and stutters occasionally…OK so I roll back.
The stutters got more frequent, then the BSODs started, saying
" attempt to reset the display driver and recover from timeout failed…"
I got scared…the blue screens started to happen more and more often, until today, working in Cubase became impossible, as it crashed every 5 minutes. Then I really got scared. A new attempt at the very latest driver resulted in the dreaded message:
“Display driver stopped responding and has successfully recovered”, after a flickering black screen, after which Cubase would only record some sort of digital noise
I googled the “display driver…” message, found literally hundreds of messages from people complaining about the problem, with different video cards all over the place, and apparently no solution in sight!! Ironically, it never happened to anyone on XP, it started with Vista and went on to win7.
I really really got really scared…new card? new computer?? my score… etc…still have my emergency XP partition but wel you know…
Had a live chat with some Nvidia tech guy who apparently had not much of a clue what he was to say to me…the usual “have you tried reinstalling or updating, check our FAQ bla bla…” left me hopeless.
Finally stumbled across some forum with the same issue, and where some guy said: “Do NOT always get the latest drivers, when your card is like 2 years old…”
So I went to the Nvidia archive and picked some random driver from 2009…and guess what… up and running without a glitch for 5 hours now.
Just thought I’d share my lesson learned…