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Windows 7: "NVIDIA Kernel Mode Driver Version 186.75"

30 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7
"NVIDIA Kernel Mode Driver Version 186.75"

I just bought a new desktop and within the first hour I had an error message that said, "Display driver has stopped responding and has recovered. Display driver NVIDIA kernel mode driver version 186.75 stopped responding and has successfully restored". What the heck is this? Could this be related to Windows 7 and would anyone happen to have any suggestions? What happens is the screen goes black for about two seconds then appears with the above error message on the task bar. This happens very randomly, and maybe three to six times a day (had my computer for about two weeks). Also, two times now it has gone black and not come back! Just a little frustrated to say the least. Thank you anyone!

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30 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

Can you fill in your hardware specs and then use the guide in my sig to update your gpu and other drivers?
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30 Dec 2009   #3

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Update your driver.
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30 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7

Sorry "seekermeister" and "Frostmourne", I have a technical background, just not in computers. I had someone in "tech support" from the computer company walk me through what I believe was reinstalling my driver. I do not believe I updated it. What would this entail, simply downloading the latest version? And if so, what are the potential problems to look for? Thank you again, I'd like to get this behind me. Thanks.
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30 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

The guide in my sig has the details but essentially you:

1) Find out your GPU using HWInfo32.

2) Get the latest WHQL driver for Windows 7 from the manufacturer.

3) Uninstall your old drivers in the control panel and keep a copy of them if you have one. Then reboot into safe mode and run driver sweeper.

4) Reboot back into safe mode and install the newest driver. Use the normal Windows startup if you receive a message saying no video adapter or something similar is found.
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30 Dec 2009   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE

Nvidia download wizard:

Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers

When you run Driver Sweeper, if it lists anything regarding VGA, DON'T TOUCH IT!

Driver Sweeper Download

HWInfo32 download
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27 Jul 2011   #7
Robin Cochrane

32 bit
how to avoid NVIDIA Graphics driver failure

I've got another way to at least get around the NVIDIA graphics driver failure.

Use Windows Classic mode in the graphics properties. (right click on screen to adjust. note - Windows Classic mode is listed off the bottom of the screen.)
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13 Mar 2015   #8

Win 7 Home Premium SP1 x64

The system I am working on is a Sony Vaio Laptop, VPCF126FM. Its a few years old. Win Home Prem SP1x64.

An interesting note is that the system originally did not have GeForce Experience on it or the 3 extra graphics packages (physx ..etc). The system also initially ran fine with its pre 200 version driver for some time. So I highly suspect either dying hardware or an update to windows creating an incompatibility with the drivers.

Currently, eventvwr notes that "nvlddmkm" is the driver crashing. At boot up during the VAIO / Windows screens, I would see dozens of horizontal red lines. These disappeared for a short while after cleaning, but intermittently reappear.

The reason (I suspect) the 'Windows Classic Mode' would likely work, is because according to the Windows Aero wiki, "Desktop Window Manager was introduced to achieve hardware acceleration, transferring the duty of UI rendering from CPU to graphic subsystem".

I noticed that cleaning out the physical laptop helped a lot. I also noticed my max temps dropped about 10 degrees. However, the CPU never peaked above about 70 and the GPU 80 even before cleaning. I may need a new heatsink paste.

-DirectX update (2007 to present), no effect.
-Graphics update (189? to 341.44) had no effect.
-Java Update, no effect.
-BIOS, was already up to date.
-A few mentioned Nvidia audio drivers might be interfering. (Audio should be bus 0 I believe) [Why is my graphics driver installing audio drivers I dont need.. what??]
-Afterburner, -100 on both clocks, no effect.
-BCDedit cmd no effect. (bcdedit /set useplatformclock true, its normally enabled by default though). [bcdedit can be a dangerous command, not to be used if you dont know what youre doing]
-Internet Options, Adv Tab, Software instead of GPU rendering, no effect. (That no effect surprised me a bit).
-Nvidia Control Panel, Set PhysX Config, set it to the GPU instead of Auto. No effect.
-- (Not installed on this system )

OCCT tests cause massive crashes only during the DX11 test. DX9 has NO issues.
CPU and PSU tests all come back fine.

DX11 tends to draw more power and thus heat, so it makes it difficult to test if overheating is the true cause. Running basic youTube videos can crash the PC though.

Interestingly enough. The bios options on this particular system are almost nonexistent in every regard short of a simple password. I (hope) that means everything is automated and pre adjusted to be as functional and long lasting as the pyramids. However, it also means I cant force the usage of a particular video card..etc.

Connecting an external monitor doesn't show anything until windows loads, so I cannot confirm they appear at boot on an external monitor.

-I've seen some posts that blame over/under clocking and inadequate voltage.
-I tried a reg tweak with TdrLevel and TdrDelay.. the PC only locked up occasionally after that instead of crashing. Removed the edits.

I realized after posting this (unfortunately), that I necroed an old thread. Though it was surprisingly relevant and had very similar version numbers. Hopefully someone has found a fix by now?
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