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Windows 7: Laptop "display driver stopped responding and has recovered" errors

05 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Laptop "display driver stopped responding and has recovered" errors

I've been having problems with artifacts (sprinkled dots and rainbow-ish shapes) popping up on my screen whenever I put my laptop to any more demanding use, like games, videos, hi-res images, etc. This leads to the system hanging up, repeated "Driver stopped responding and recovered errors", and eventually a blue screen. If I shutdown my computer and restart it, it tends to go away for a few days before returning to normal.

I ran the Furmark stress test and it immediately caused the above symptoms and I had to stop it. I'm aware that this kind of problem may have several possible causes. I'm hoping maybe someone with a similar system (see my system specs) has overcome this.

I'm open to any suggestions at this point.

Edit: Wow, great timing. I was just trying to play Osmos just now and I got an error message I never noticed before. The game froze up and the "driver stopped responding" message came up but this time I got an Nvidia Open GL error that said "The NVIDIA OpenGL driver lost connection with the display driver and is unable to continue. The application must close. Please visit for help. Error code: 8"

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Update the driver to latest and check gpu temps
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 Laptop "display driver stopped responding and has recovered" errors

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