My computer specs
quad core 2.4 (Q6600 95W version)
4 gig crucial ram (2 sticks 2gigs)
Intel dg31pr micro atx motherboard with integrated video, network + audio
corsair power supply 600 watts
So here's the problem that I'm having and it's driving me insane.
I installed vista home premium on my system and everything runs fine. No BSOD's or anything, I updated all the drivers for the integrated video, audio, and network. Nothing wrong at all. Everything stable.
So I went out and purchased a diamond HD 3450 video card
I installed the graphics card (pci-e 16x) loaded the drivers, updated the drivers and my system starts to BSOD. And the BSODs are all random sometimes it will be fine for hours before BSODing. then sometimes it will just BSOD within a few minutes of starting up.
So i did the following,
1.) memory stressing, no errors, processor not overheating.
2.) removed all ati drivers, and reinstalled using the ones that came with the graphics card. Out come? Same thing BSOD
3.) installed only the drivers, no catalyst management software. OUTCOME? Same thing, BSOD
4.) decide to reinstall windows, windows installation fails, I get BSOD during the installation process. I tried it 3 times and each time same thing
Finally i remove the video card from the system. Bam! windows installed with no issue, system startup no issue. I updated everything and the system runs stable with no issue. I even stressed it out by doing a 1 hour HD TV recording with no issues.
So what is going on? 1 dump file point to a memory issue, 2nd to a hardware issue, and the 3rd one is generic. Without the video card everything seems fine and with the video card everything blows up. Common sense is telling me that there must be some conflict with the card. Either there is a compatibility issue between the two or memory on the video card is bad? I searched but i haven't found any info about the Diamond HD 3450 and the Intel DG31PR.
Is it possible that the memory on the video card is bad and that's what is causing vista BSOD problems?