Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: ATI Display driver stopped responding and has recovered

12 Dec 2009   #1

windows 7 home pre 64 bit
ATI Display driver stopped responding and has recovered

I have just installed windows 7 on my pc (a clean install from xp) my pc and hardware was running fine on xp but since I upgraded to win 7 I keep getting a “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” warning pop up, its really bad its happens 50 something times in the last few hours!!! You get a freeze and or a black screen then it works again for a few minutes.

As soon as I try and go on the internet with IE 8within seconds it does it. It will also do it if I start doing stuff on the desktop as well or even if I am typing a MS word doc so its not just IE 8.

The graphics card is a Sapphire HD 3850 AGP I have tried the latest 8.671.0.0 drivers but it is really bad with these installed it completly crashes and blue screens and restarts so I am currently using the ones windows update put on which is 8.632.1.2000, it still freezez lots but no blue screens so it is a little better.

Has anyone got a fix for this because my new win 7 pc is currently unusable until I get a stable driver sorted.

This is my first post ever so any help will be very gratefully received.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Welcome to seven forums Ballie:Unfortunately your board is based on the Nforce 2 chipset which is to old. Windows 7 won't run on the NF3 so your going to have problems running seven with your system.You might get lucky with some of the advise in this sticky Install AGP Drivers for HD 3850, 3650, 2400 PRO But I wouldn't get my hopes up. You can try and do what others have been told to try such as having the latest bios, chipset and disabling any ports your not using like floppy, serial,parallel,com ect. Sorry Fabe
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2009   #3

windows 7 home pre 64 bit


Thank you for your time, why didn't the windows 7 upgrade tell me that!

So are you saying I will need to buy a new mother board, processor, ram and graphics card (because my card is AGP and I assume all new boards will be pci/e) and what about my pcu?

If I do go ahead and buy all this will I have to do another clean install of xp first then the win 7 upgrade?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

First I would try some of the ideas on the thread I posted. Why didn't windows upgrade advisor tell you I don't know. This thread should answer your last question. Doing a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version Also if your running 64bit at least 2 gigs of Ram is advisable. CPU yes since it is a socket A. You can also read through this thread post #7 Sapphire Radeon HD 3850 AGP + Win7 x64 = Code 43 Fabe
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2009   #5

windows 7 home pre 64 bit

Thanks again,
I have tried the thread that you suggested but when I down load the CL_91526.rar file it just come to me as a word pad doc how do I extract an inf file from this? Sorry if I seem dense!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Dec 2009   #6


Hi Ballie. nForce2 is too old as TheFabe has said. NVIDIA dropped support for nForce3 and below and never even created a Vista drivers for the CPU to AGP bridge, which is the crux of your issue.

Your only hope is to update the bios and chipset drivers. The chipset driver updating is going to be next to impossible or if not, impossible, due to what I said above.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Dec 2009   #7


Ballie, as far as I can see, the problem happens to ALL platforms and ALL video platforms.
I have brand new ASUS+Intel+HD4870+quite powerful PSU, but it happened to me too,
mostly in 3D games.

So far the method with removing one of two memory modules helps. Other ones
like disabling some power/sleep options and switching Aero off did not work.

The problem is somewhere in Win7/DX11 + memory tandem. We just have to wait
for MS to fix it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2009   #8

windows 7 home pre 64 bit

Everyone including M/S are telling me that the N/F 2 boards don't support win 7 well with the Sapphire HD 3850 AGP graphics card it doesn't as it keeps crashing as my post says.

HOWEVER, I have removed the Sapphire HD 3850 AGP card and installed a very old nvidia card, windows is just listing it as a "Standard VGA graphics adapter" it only gives a score of 1 but the pc now works just fine!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have not installed any chipset drivers or graphics drivers I am just letting win 7 manage it all.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2009   #9


No DX11 involved - no problems?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Jan 2010   #10

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 ďdisplay driver has stopped responding but has now recovered ďstarted 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 itís now working.
I donít 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
My System SpecsSystem Spec

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Display driver AMD has stopped responding and has recovered
Okay, I've tried everything to fix this issue. I can replicate the issue by opening a store page for a game on Steam. It will freeze up when trying to load the store video and then blackscreen for a second and give that error. I've reinstalled steam and it still happens. It just started recently...
Graphic Cards
display driver stopped responding and has been recovered
Can anyone help me with this, im having a problem with my games and crash. im getting this problem display driver stopped responding and has been recovered this happen after installing my driver of my card nvidia gt 240 512mb 128bit ddr3 i downloaded there new driver but seems to have this kind...
ATI Display driver stopped responding and has recovered
spec: window 7 32 CPUID CPU Name Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU 540 @ 3.07GHz Asus p7h55 Radeon hd 5550 ram 2gb Power Supply 500w i keep get Display driver stopped responding and has recovered .
Graphic Cards
Display driver has stopped responding and has recovered
I'm absolutely confused at this error. I've googled it but I've gotten no answers so far. This error ONLY occurs when I'm playing Assassin's Creed II and it occurs at specific points during the game. I can't continue playing it because it always crashes the game during an important point. I don't...
Display driver stopped responding and has recovered
...For the third time. This is beginning to freak me out. I don't know one graphic card from another and wouldn't be able to give you the proper information unless you directed me as much.
Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:28.
Twitter Facebook