Driver Stopped Responding And Recovered!

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  1. Posts : 7,682
    Windows 10 Pro

    Mods can we merge this thread with this one - Display Driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and make it a sticky?

    We could title it "Driver Stopped Responding And Recovered Issue" This way we don't have numerous posts throughout the forums for this one issue.

    Just a suggestion

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  2. Posts : 6,292
    Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

    Yes that happens to me on this new W7 install constantly. GeForce GTX260 card with most current nVidia Driver. No overclocking for video. Have tried several fixes. No joy.
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  3. Posts : 6,292
    Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

    Issue Solved - Bad video card

    I put in a new GeForce 9500GT card and the latest nVidia drivers (195.62) and all my video issues are gone. The GTX260 is being RMA'd as we speak.
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  4. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 64

    Error 4101 display driver stopped responding... FIX

    Error 4101 display driver stopped responding... FIX
    Prior to the Error 4101

    I was running Vista 64, this problem was not present. I then did a CLEAN install onto Windows 7 updated all drivers including Chipset then the dreaded “display driver has stopped responding but has now recovered “started to appear during 2d and 3d applications, under event viewer I located the error 4101.

    My current system is running stable by following this sequence.


    1. Uninstall all GPU related drivers/ and ADOBE FLASH
    2. Turn of PC (not at wall)
    3. Clear CMS
    4. Boot allow windows to load
    5. Shut down then Turn off pc (at wall)
    6. Remove GPU and PCI cards
    7. Re-install
    6. Restart
    7. Hit del (load bios)
    8. Reset to defaults
    9. Load windows
    10. Install 9.3 ATI (for me vista 64_win_7 64)
    11. Alter TDR in registry set to 0
    12. Look for unsupported monitor d-word change to 0
    (Should still be under HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers )
    13. Restart (happy gaming)

    Prior to this, Bioshock and all other games would freeze after 3-7 mins, last night I gamed solid for an hour no freeze.

    Ps. I think it is either unsupported monitor modes on windows 7 (1680 by 1050) or the TDR function. Although 1680 by 1050 is detected by CCC and windows, there may still be a compatibility issue. Any hows it’s now working.
    I don’t think it is adobe flash plug-in, UAC or power management.

    If this works for you spread the word around the community.

    Win 7 64 ( retail )
    Asus commando MB
    Core 2 Duo e6700
    Graphics HD 2900 XT 512
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  5. Posts : 7,682
    Windows 10 Pro

    TheSproutKing said:
    11. Alter TDR in registry set to 0

    Ps. I think it is either unsupported monitor modes on windows 7 (1680 by 1050) or the TDR function.
    Hmmm... It's been a while since I heard the term TDR since being discussed here - “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” - Rage3D Discussion Area

    Incidentally I also think this issue has something to do with the TDR model and DirectX 10 on Vista as discussed in the thread I linked to, and now Windows 7.

    At any rate the link you provide about Microsoft's Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) of GPR through WDDM makes for good reading.

    And if I'm not mistaken, altering the TDR level to zero (O) is only for testing purposes and really does nothing for the end user; but I suppose it's worth a try.

    I also believe you have to "add" that string to the registry. I know I had to do it under Vista when I tried it.

    Good info though.

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  6. Posts : 2

    Yes I have the same problem and have no ideé what to do..?
    Abhimanyu said:

    Has anyone experienced it? This was weird. :|
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  7. Posts : 6,292
    Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

    Diagnostics to correct TDR Errors

    "Display driver xxxxx stopped responding and was recovered"

    Timeout Detection & Recovery (TDR) = "Display Driver Stopped Responding and was Recovered" is a useful feature that started in Vista and is also in W7 that allows the OS to try and recover from a video timeout so that the system does not crash to a bluescreen. Symptoms included a screen flash with the TDR message appearing one or more times or the screen blinking out to black. If the system cannot recover it will crash (Stop Error 116 typical). The issue is that the video card is not responding as expected. The solution is in the: why?

    There is no one-size-fits-all solution to TDR errors. But the problem is usually found in the local environment (your computer). Finding the cause is a matter of checking every possible cause and uncovering the culprit through a simple process of elimination. By methodically running down a checklist of diagnostic procedures you should be able to find the cause and can correct it.

    There are numerous reports of hardware solutions to TDR's. The most common are:

    • Poor Cooling
    • Problems with the power supply
    • Overclocking Issues
    • Bad System memory or incorrect memory timings
    • Defective PC Components

    The order you do the diagnostics is not all that important. My personal strategy is to do the cheap & easy stuff first, the cheap & harder stuff next, and then the stuff that costs last. But whatever order you do it in you need to check or confirm the following:

    Poorly written software and games will cause TDRs. But if this were the case it would affect lots of people, not just a few. Check the game's website & forums for patches and tips.
    See if other people in the forums are having the same problem and if they were able to solve it and how.
    You could also be asking too much of your video card. Check to see if your video card is tested and recommended for the game/program. Test the game at reduced settings.

    It helps if you can isolate the actions that trigger the TDR. Most often it will be an application using 3D graphics. But if the incidents occur constantly it would point more towards defective hardware. If it happens more specifically (just when running Game X) it points towards overheating, settings, software, or driver issues.

    You need to eliminate the possibility that your computer has a global problem. You can use a program like Prime95 to stress test your system. Free Software - GIMPS
    You can run the "Stress Test" for a few hours or overnight. This will not tell you what the problem is, but it is helpful to uncover any issues your system has with instability and cooling.

    Running a video intensive game for hours can generate some serious heat and overheating will cause video errors. You can check your temps by looking at your BIOS readings or use a free program like Speedfan SpeedFan - Access temperature sensor in your computer .
    A real easy test is to just pull the side panel(s) off your case and see if the problem goes away or gets better. If it does then the issue is definitely overheating. If you are overheating you need to look at installing some cooling upgrades. You want to look at ventilating the case (more or bigger fans), Upgrade your case to a larger gaming case (lots of fans, water-cooling), etc.
    There are free utilities like BurninTest PassMark BurnInTest software - PC Reliability and Load Testing that you can use to test your system's cooling capability. Caution is recommended using these types of programs.

    Bad drivers happen and they can get corrupted. Before installing or reinstalling any video drivers first completely uninstall all video software and the drivers. (Some people say to run a cleaner program from safe mode, some say this is unnecessary). Never rely on the driver package to overwrite the old drivers.
    After uninstalling the old drivers and rebooting Windows 7 will install it's own WDDM 1.1 driver. Check for the video problem while using the generic Windows driver.
    You can then install the latest drivers for your card (or try older drivers).
    See This Tutorial: Installing and updating drivers in 7

    Look in Device Manager and make sure there are no problem devices (yellow ! icon). Correct these by loading the correct drivers or disable the problem device and see if the video problem goes away.

    Reseat video card and memory modules. Make sure the contacts are clean. Check all the electrical connections.

    In BIOS, check the listed voltages against the manufacturer recommended specs. Reset the voltages to factory defaults and see if the video problems disappear.

    Memory errors can cause video problems. Run a program like Memtest86+ for at least 3 passes to see if there are any memory errors. Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

    Overclocking can be a trial and error process. The clocks you set or change for CPU, Memory, or GPU could be unstable. Eliminate this as a possibility by resetting the clocks to their defaults to see if that clears the video problems.

    Check for and install an updated BIOS, particularly if it says the newer BIOS corrects memory errors or bug fixes. You could also try loading the BIOS defaults.
    While you are there, check the motherboard manufacturers forums to see if others are having issues with the same board.

    Eliminate Power Management settings as a possible cause, especially if you are working with a laptop. These settings could be particularly important if the issue is in playing games.
    Go to Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > Power Options. Under "Select a Power Plan" you will find that "Balanced" is the default setting.
    At the bottom you will see a Down arrow next to "Show Additional Plans". Click that and select "High Performance". See if the TDR issue is affected.
    Alternately, you can click "Change Plan Settings" next to the "Balanced" plan and change the setting to "Never" put the computer to sleep (This is the default on a desktop) and/or change when the display is turned off as a test.

    You need to know that your power supply is delivering sufficient power. Power supply problems are the most common cause of video problems, especially using high end cards.
    Check the power supply's amperage ratings. Be sure it has the ample amperage for your video card and the rest of the system.
    Test the supply with multimeter to measure for a steady 12v to the card's power connectors. (The only true way to test a power supply would be to use the very expensive diagnostic equipment used in labs). But for us regular folks: I tested my power supply by hooking up my multimeter to the PCI-E connectors that I was using to power my video card (I used a spare pair from the power supply to run the card while I was testing). I then observed the meter while I used the computer, first watching the voltage, then the amps, to see if there was any drop-off or erratic behavior while booting or using the computer. My readings were rock solid. So I declared my power supply good.
    Otherwise you need to replace the supply to eliminate this possibility. Or borrow one from another computer.

    I suspect that a video card must perform flawlessly to operate in a Windows 7 environment and run the most recent games. If you tried all the above diagnostics and no problems were found then that leaves you with only one possibility: a defective video card. Some brands have the problem more consistently than others. You could check their forums for clues.
    You could try your card in another computer running W7 to see if the problem goes along with the card.
    You could try a different card in your computer. I bought an inexpensive card to use. My TDR's disappeared using a "lesser" card. Or borrow a card from another computer.
    Otherwise RMA or replace the card.

    TDR complaints have come from PC owners running virtually every PC configuration. They occur regardless of which video engine, manufacturer, driver, or system used. They are too numerous to write off as a random problem, but at the same time if people are getting their systems to run correctly using the same hardware and software that you are then it follows that your problem must be solvable.

    More Info Here:
    Timeout Detection and Recovery of GPUs through WDDM
    NVIDIA Statement on TDR Errors - NVIDIA Forums
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  8. Posts : 1
    windows 7 64bit

    I had the same problem, also flickering on my secondary monitor. I switched to DVI cables and did away with the VGA cables and adapters.
    Everything is cured, works great now and no display has stopped responding errors.
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  9. Posts : 2

    Possible solution

    I have an Ati HD3870 and had the same thing, black screen, freeze.
    Tried everything, newer/older drivers, bios, motherboard drivers, switch Aero on/off, nothing helped.
    Then i thought, if its a TDR problem, and Windows 7 not tolerate any hicups in the GPU, i may try to downclock it a bit.
    So i opened CCC and set GPU clock from 777(factory setting) to 750MHz, and ram clock from 1126 to 1050Mhz. And voila problem gone!!!! I could play for hours and no problem!!
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  10. Posts : 9
    Windows 7 Professional

    Is there any "solid" solution out there? like example : Downloading this driver will Fix it?
    I've tried downloading the latest Graphic Card Driver in NVIDIA which is 197..(doesn't rmb) and the old version 185.. also doesn't work.
    Everytime i on windows normal mode it will surely pop up that Error message and my computer freezes for like few sec and lotsa flicker came out, i have to force a reboot to recover but it still occur everytime i on normal mode. So for now temporarily using Safe mode to on.

    Currently using : NVIDIA Geforce 8600 GT and power supply is 230V
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