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Liveblogging fixing my gaming rig

For being such a powerful piece of hardware, my gaming rig has TONS of driver, compatibility, and software problems. I can’t really identify why except for a combination of bad luck, beta software, and Windows Vista.

Update I: 175.92 drivers come with NVidia PhysX software! I can’t wait to see if it matters to anything, ever.

Update II: After passing the Vista boot loader and the cool little OS loading progress bar, my system halts at a black screen, numlock fails to respond, and I’m a tad angry. I’m calling it the BlackSOD. It could be your death, so watch out.

Update III: Luckily, safe mode still works, so I’m able to walk around my system. Gonna take some time to download cleaning software, and see if I can’t get rid of every NVidia driver intertwined with my windows installation folders. I’m going to try using Guru3D’s Driver Sweeper software to make my life a little bit easier.

Update IV: Finally uninstalled all display drivers to the point where I could reboot my machine and successfully load Windows, which I’ll be calling the baseline.

Update V: Installed 175.89 forceware drivers, which brought back the BlackSOD. The uninstaller in Safe Mode brought me back to baseline.

Update VI: Okay, after reaching baseline, I was asked again if I wanted to install drivers from NVidia, and normally I had been saying “Ask again later.” This time, I said “Go ahead and install.” I’m not sure what it actually will install, but I guess I can check later.

Update VII: Got BlackSOD again, but this time I accidentally hit the power button instead of the reset button. I shit you not, the system booted up properly. I don’t know what the hell is going on here, but I don’t fucking like it.

Update VIII: I rebooted after that weird miracle occurrence, and now my system is exhibiting a true BSOD, message SYSTEM_SERVICE_ERROR, at nvlddmkm.dll. Fabulous. What the hell is it?

Update IX: After an uninstall, I didn’t go back to baseline, and I’m back to BlackSOD again. No power button tricks either, this thing’s dead in the water. I guess I’ll attempt to revert to the 175.19 official drivers from June.

Update X: As if by magic, my graphics cards now appear as Standard VGA Graphics Adapters. I may have achieved a clean slate? Yeah right. I’ll make a restore point just in case, and then run the setup for 175.19.

Final Update: A really detailed look through the Event Viewer showed that the NVIDIA Display Service couldn’t start because a dependency service failed. Since the system was waiting for that service to actually start up a window manager, it froze. I really had no idea how to fix this problem, so I checked to see if there were maybe any windows updates that would fix this problem. I last checked for updates last week, but that was before I had installed this new driver. Lo and behold, some updates were availale, and after installing them, the system started to behave as normal again. To me, this is a crap solution, but it’s late, and I’m going to bed.

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Liveblogging the DIY Video Blogger’s Conference

This is what everyone around me is doing right now. They’re blogging. Except, they’re blogging on macs (Lazy!), and they’re using VIDEO CAMERAS to do it.

This conference is all about that stuff. Video blogs. I missed a lot of the good stuff, since it was on Friday and I didn’t take off of work. Friday night I had discovered a flat tire, so I had to show up at 11 and miss a really interesting panel, though I caught the last 30 minutes. But Lawrence “Larry” Lessig wasn’t going to make it, so I felt things could have been worse.

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Liveblogging the DIY Video Blogger's Conference

This is what everyone around me is doing right now. They’re blogging. Except, they’re blogging on macs (Lazy!), and they’re using VIDEO CAMERAS to do it.

This conference is all about that stuff. Video blogs. I missed a lot of the good stuff, since it was on Friday and I didn’t take off of work. Friday night I had discovered a flat tire, so I had to show up at 11 and miss a really interesting panel, though I caught the last 30 minutes. But Lawrence “Larry” Lessig wasn’t going to make it, so I felt things could have been worse.

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