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Windows 7: Nvidia Windows Kernel Mode Driver Stopped responding...Please Help.

26 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64Bit
Nvidia Windows Kernel Mode Driver Stopped responding...Please Help.


This has happened a few times where my monitor turns weird colors and goes black for a second then comes back with the message you can see in the screen shot i've posted.

Can some one please help me figure out how to fix this.
Thank you!

Nvidia Windows Kernel Mode Driver Stopped responding...Please Help.-nvidia-driver-malfunction.jpg

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26 Jan 2013   #2


have you tried to re-install the drivers?
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02 Feb 2013   #3

Windows 7 home premium 64Bit

I've installed the latest drivers and that doesn't seem to keep it from happening. I have not uninstalled drivers then started from scratch again if that's what you are asking.
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03 Feb 2013   #4
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)

Try this method. It seems complicated, but is quite simple and takes less than 5 minutes.

Download the latest driver for your card from Nvidia and save it to the desktop.

Go to C:/Nvidia (The usual location for Display drivers.) Open the folder and there will be a folder for display drivers, open it. Inside will be a folder for every Nvidia driver you have installed. They will be named 306.23, 310.90 etc. Delete all of them but do not delete the display driver folder itself.

Disconnect from the Internet to keep windows from installing a generic display driver. It will install a display adapter, but that's OK.

Go to Control Panel > Uninstall programs and find Nvidia. Important: If you have an Nvidia chipset DO NOT uninstall the chipset driver. Uninstall the 3D driver, PhysX driver, HDMI Driver and all other drivers. IMPORTANT: Uninstall the Display driver Last. After uninstalling the display driver you will be prompted to reboot. Do so. When you come back, Windows will install the display adapter, It's OK.

Begin installing the driver you downloaded from Nvidia on your desktop. Select the language, accept the agreement and select Custom Install. Make sure the 'Clean Install' box is checked. Uncheck all drivers except the Display driver and the Physx Driver. Do not install any of the other drivers unless you have a particular need for the 3D driver. Complete the install and reboot.

Connect to the Internet again and you are done.

The very long explanation for these:
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16 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 home premium 64Bit

Thank you very much for you help. I have followed your instructions. Hopefully this will fix the problem.
I'll write back if the crash happens again.

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