Something breaks Nvidia driver

Discussion in 'Videocards - NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Section' started by Mikel7, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. Mikel7

    Mikel7 Member Guru

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    Anyone else had this problem that suddenly the driver appears to be still installed, but graphic card handles like no drivers are installed + nvidia installer can't find lastest driver version installed also can't uninstall it since files are missing? Physx also busted which is the only thing that is still uninstallable after that happens.

    Happens with my GTX 970 driver version 344.75

    I have double and tripple checked everything already i could think of.

    Plz help.
     
  2. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    virus maybe?
     
  3. Mikel7

    Mikel7 Member Guru

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    already checked with 3 virus scanners none showed anything. also noticed no suspicious programs in task manager
     
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  5. Extraordinary

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    Tried DDU?
    http://www.wagnardmobile.com/DDU/
     
  6. kx11

    kx11 Ancient Guru

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    could be an Audio Driver problem

    remove/instal realtek latest driver
     
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    rflair Don Commisso Staff Member

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    Nice tool will try it when I get home.
     
  10. evgenim

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    kilyan, just open Device Manager.

    rflair, great tool, but I can't remove any ghost device. Run as administrator doesn't bring any changes.
     
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  11. Mikel7

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    nice removed over 300 ghosted devices. Wonder if this will help though.
     
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    You have to right click each section and choose "Class" to highlight the ghosts before hitting remove
     
  14. sourkimchi

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    I did not know that thanks!

    EDIT: just did what you told me and it worked! (removed over 100 ghosts) However, I still have some ghosted devices (ie mouse devices) that just refuses to be removed... i guess i should leave it at that right?
     
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  15. KorbenD

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    Are you running Windows 7 with KB3004394 installed? It's been pulled by Microsoft for causing, among other things, problems with video card driver installation.

    Can't post links, so search Google News or other sites for specifics.
     

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    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3024777
    Should of gotten that update, if he had it installed .
     
  17. EdKiefer

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    So what problems are there in having ghost devices, isn't it just hardware that was once connected but now are not ?
     
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    Yea, old drivers sitting about doing nothing waiting for you to connect that device again - not sure how much of a problem they cause, if any, but keeps the OCD guys happy - plus forces the system to install a new driver if the ghost one keeps getting used and is causing a problem when you connect that device
     
  19. Mikel7

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    I had that update installed, but I uninstalled it without using the new update that kills it. maybe there was smthg left over by it. I downloaded now the new update and ran it in case it removes things whatever was left over by the broken patch. will report back if the problem is gone now or not.
     
  20. EdKiefer

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    yes, that is what i thought .
    So as a example if you updated to a new Nvidia card (6xx>9xx) being they both use same very driver, nothing in this case to remove, even though hardware was changed, cause of unified driver .

    I can see a lot of thumbdrives would show up in storage if you have many .
     

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