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Windows 7: Windows 7 - Display driver has stopped responding

10 Nov 2009   #1

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Signature Edition
Windows 7 - Display driver has stopped responding

I keep getting the message:
"Display driver atikmdag stopped responding and has successfully recovered." I have received over a dozen warnings in the last 14 days, all when browsing the Internet. I have read a couple threads in regards to the atikmdag errors. I currently have all up to date drivers (10-13-09), Mobo Bios, have ran test on my hardware etc. I have ruled out faulty hardware and my GPU is running at or around 37c to 45c. I am not sure if this warning is result of a faulty driver from ATI? I am RMAing the card back to Newegg and will try one more, if the problem persist looks like I will go a different route. Any help would be appreciated. My specs are filled out.

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10 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86

Try updating your chipset drivers from motherboard manufacturer. It's unlikely the card is causing any errors, itself.
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10 Nov 2009   #3

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Signature Edition

Thanks for the fast reply. I just noticed that my chipset driver was not up to date (duh). I just updated the driver from the ASUS support site, it was dated 7/21/09, hopefully that was the trick. I will give it a couple days before RMAing the card, but if I get the same warning, it is going back. I am not sure what more I can do. I appreciate the help.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.=

Mobo Bios 501, and Chipset Version
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22 Jan 2010   #4

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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