Display driver stopped responding and has recovered in Windows 10/8/7

If your Windows PC suddenly hangs or freezes, and you receive a message Display driver stopped responding and has recovered, then this post may help you. This can typically occur if you have too many Visual / Video / Graphic related programs open at that point of time. You may also face this problem if you are using an old Video card and your Video Driver is not compatible with your Windows OS.

Display driver stopped responding and has recovered

Display driver stopped responding and has recovered

Here are a few things you can do to fix this issue.

1] If you receive this message frequently, you may want to check if you have the latest Display Drivers installed on your Windows computer. Update them to the latest versions.

2] If you have tweaked your Visual Effects, you may want to reset them to defaults. You can do so via Control Panel > Visual Effects > Select Adjust for best performance, OR Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer.

3] If you are on low-end computers or if your current video card or video driver does not support GPU hardware acceleration, then you should try and disable Hardware Acceleration and see if it helps you.

4] You may also have to increase the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) processing time. You can do this by modifying the registry value for Timeout Detection and Recovery.

Timeout Detection and Recovery is a Windows feature that can detect when video adapter hardware or a driver on your PC has taken longer than expected to complete an operation. When this happens, Windows attempts to recover and reset the graphics hardware. If the GPU is unable to recover and reset the graphics hardware in the time permitted (2 seconds), your system may become unresponsive, and display the error Display driver stopped responding and has recovered.

To fix this problem automatically, you can download and run Microsoft Fix it 50848. See if it applies to your system.

Since this is a TDR related issue, you can also read more about troubleshooting Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) crashes.

Hope something helps!

Related read: NVIDIA Kernal Mode Driver has stopped responding and has recovered.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


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  2. Brahim dahbi

    The problem I’m having is that whenever I try to start this game I have on my computer, Star Trek Online, right at the usual character selection screen, the monitor goes black and I get this “display driver stopped responding and was recovered” message. Usually I have a Firefox page with a video paused open when this happens. Is it the video? My current OS is Windows 10 and the game that keeps crashing, before I upgraded, worked fine on Windows 7. My GPU is an HD ATI Radeon 4250. Is it my GPU or my OS? I’ve gone on my computer manufacturer’s website and on the AMD website and downloaded the latest drivers. Is there a solution to this problem?

  3. Hoover1979

    I have been getting this issue for a year now on 3 different Nvidia GPU’s (GTX760, GTX970, and GTX1080), the problem seems to be NVIDIA rushing out bad driver, after bad driver, after bad driver, and the NVIDIA forums are awash with similar stories.

    Usually, I would be playing a game, and then the screen will go black, the game crashes out with an Access Violation (0xc00000005) error and the window pops up that the NVIDIA display driver stopped responding and has recovered. But it only recovered enough to bring the desktop back up, and I have to restart my rig before I can play another game!

    I also find performance degrades severely after a driver update and I have to roll back until either NVIDIA release a new driver, or NVIDIA releases a hotfix. Some drivers have even caused me to BSOD when running any OpenGL program!

    It used to be AMD that was infamous for bad drivers, but now NVIDIA has eclipsed them and is the company with the worst drivers in town.

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