How to fix the «Display driver stopped responding and has recovered» error?

Let’s begin with a few easier methods for fixing the problem that occurs after display driver stopped responding. These are very simple and can be performed by users without technical skills. In addition to that, they usually work most of the time, so you won’t have to waste your nerves on more advanced ways of fixing the problem.

Update or roll back video card drivers

In most cases, this error occurs when your current video card driver fails to do its job or when you’re using wrong drivers. Before we continue, you need to check a few details on your computer.

  1. If your device manager in Windows 10, 8 or 7 indicates that your drivers don’t need updating, but you know that you have not installed any drivers manually, then you should definitely update drivers. Just avoid using tools provided in Device Manager and download an official installation package from the NVIDIA or AMD website.
  2. If you got your video card drivers from a driver-pack (a third-party program for automatic driver installation), then you should try to install a correct driver from the official NVIDIA/AMD website.
  3. When you cannot install the drivers you have downloaded, you need to delete the previously installed driver. In case you are using a laptop, try to install a video card driver from the official website of the manufacturer of your laptop model.

If you are 100% positive that your video card drivers are up to date and the problem with the display driver stopped responding has been popping out just recently, you need to roll back your video card driver. This is how you can do this:

Step 1. Open Device Manager, find your video card on the list (Display adapters menu) and right-click on it. Then go to the «Properties» menu.

Step 2. Now switch to the «Driver» tab and check whether the «Roll Back Driver» button is active. If it is, use it.

Step 3. If that button is not active, remember or write down the current version of the driver and press the «Update Driver» button. In the next window select «Browse my computer for driver software» – «Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.» Select the older video card driver, if you have one, and click «Next».

After finishing the roll back procedure, check if the problem still exists.

Fixing the display driver stopped responding and has recovered error on NVIDIA video cards by changing power management parameters

Sometimes the problem with drivers is caused by default settings of NVIDIA products. They might have a conflict with Windows that results in a series of freezes, and as a result, you see that annoying «display driver stopped responding and has recovered» system message. You can easily fix that problem by switching power management modes from «Optimal» or «Adaptive.» Just follow these steps to get it done in no time:

1. Go to the control panel and open the NVIDIA Control Panel.

2. Go to the «3D Settings» section and select «Manage 3D settings».

3. In the «Global Settings» tab look for the line «Power management mode» and click «Prefer maximum performance»

4. Click «Apply».

Now take your time to test the situation with the reoccurring error.

Fixing the display driver stopped responding and has recovered error by changing Timeout Detection and Recovery in the Windows registry

This method is described on the official Microsoft website, but still, it can be sometimes ineffective because it may disable error notifications while the error itself may remain. All you have to do is to alter the TdrDelay parameter that controls the video card driver response time.

  1. Press Win+R, type regedit, and press Enter.
  2. Go to the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\ Control\ GraphicsDrivers
  3. In the right section of the window look for the TdrDelay parameter. If it does not exist, right-click on blank space on the right, select «New» – «DWORD» and name it TdrDelay. If you already have that parameter in the tab, just proceed to the next step.
  4. Double-click on the newly created parameter and set its value to 8.

After finishing edits in the Windows registry, close it and reboot your PC or laptop.

Hardware acceleration in the browser and Windows

If the error with the display driver stopped responding occurs only when you are on the desktop or browsing (implying that no heavy applications are running that can possibly stress your video card), you could try a few additional tricks:

1. Go to the Control Panel and select «System». Then go to the «Advanced system settings» menu.

2. Once there, press Settings for «Performance» (visual effects, processor scheduling, memory usage, and virtual memory).

3. In the visual effects tab in Performance Options, you need to select «Adjust for best performance.»

4. When the problem with the video card driver occurs in browsers during video playback or while watching Flash-based content, try to disable hardware acceleration in your browser and Flash (or activate it, if it was disabled).

Additional information

Theoretically speaking, this problem with video drivers can be provoked by any program that is currently running and requires active usage of video card resources. You may not even realize that you have some programs of that nature on your hard-drive (for example, it can be a crypto mining malicious software that slipped into your system from the infected website or somewhere else). That is why we recommend downloading drivers and executable files only from trusted sources and also have an advanced antimalware program installed on your PC such as Malwarebytes.