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Windows 7: How I fixed my video cards blue screen of death, Windows 7 64-bit.

18 Jan 2016   #1
The GMan

Windoe 7 64bit
How I fixed my video cards blue screen of death, Windows 7 64-bit.

How I fixed my video cards blue screen of death, Windows 7 64-bit. bsod display driver

I did all the troubleshooting and repair suggestions you see on the web. Of course I tried removing every speck of the video drivers and reinstalling brand-new or very old video drivers with no success.
The only thing that kind of worked was system restore, but you couldn't go back far enough in time and the problem would come back soon. So now I would either have to use an old backup or reinstall windows and all my games. (I needed older system restore points, or newer system back ups, which BTW is how Microsoft "fixed" their self-destructing operating system in windows 8 and 10)

All the random crashing suggested a hardware failure, however if I booted with a new clean disk of windows 7 there was no crashing, and no games

So working on the theory that it was registry corruption, and not just one type, I came up with this fix:

Boot into safe mode:

Now Rebuild your corrupted performance counter registry, (Windows uses these timing counters to decide if your card has crashed or not).
1. Click Start, expand All Programs, and expand Accessories.
2. Right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
3. At the command prompt (system32), type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER.
and If you use x64 Windows, after that type cd .. ENTER then cd SysWOW64 ENTER then type lodctr /r, and then press ENTER again.

Remove your video drivers with an uninstall tool. I like: display driver UnInstaller.
Display Driver Uninstaller Download version

Shutdown your computer and unplug it, as The power supply still trickles power to the motherboard.

Now we are going to reset the corrupted plug-and-play registry entries. Remove all your cards and move your video card from the primary to secondary video card slot. If you have a sound card with no place to put it, go ahead and plug it in where your video card used to be, it doesn't matter as long as every card moves to a new slot. However, on second thought I would leave the primary video card slot blank.

Start Windows normally. (your computer may shut down and start up while booting, this is normal)
Once back in windows you can shut down again, and move your cards back, if you want to,
or reinstall your video card drivers, you're good to go! :)


P.S. What is the future of PC gaming? Maybe we will all be playing games on android TV boxes.
Or if Oculus rift takes off, we will need good video cards, in which case we're going to need a box running a better operating system.

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18 Jan 2016   #2
The GMan

Windoe 7 64bit

BTW The corrupted performance counters would cause my system to randomly pause for one second.
If playing a game or IE was using hardware acceleration at that moment, windows would think there was a crash and reboot the display driver. After 5 reboots windows gives up.

For more info on corrupted performance counters, have a look at the below articles as well.


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 How I fixed my video cards blue screen of death, Windows 7 64-bit.

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