[Solved] Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered

By Camilla Mo in Common Errors Tags: Graphics Cards

If you get error “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered”, your PC may temporarily hangs and become unresponsive. Don’t worry. You’re not a alone. Many Windows users are reporting this issue. You ca fix the issue with one of the solutions in this post.

Why this error occurs?

The problem occurs when the Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) feature detects that the Graphics card has not responded within the permitted time, then the display driver is restarted to prevent the need to reboot. The following factors can cause the problem:

Problem display drivers

Too many running programs or specific application

Overheating GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)

GPU timeout issues (the most known cause)

How do I fix it?

There are  5 solutions to fix the problem. You may not need to try them all. Just start at the top of the list and work your way down:

Solution 1: Uninstall Graphic Driver
Solution 2: Download and install latest graphic driver
Solution 3: Increase the GPU Processing Time
Solution 4: Close Some Programs Running in the Background
Solution 5: Clean GPU Radiator

Solution 1: Uninstall graphic driver

Follow steps below to uninstall the Graphic driver.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

Type devmgmt.msc and click OK to open Device Manager window.

2) Expand the Display adapters branch.Right-click the display driver and click Uninstall.

Following screen shot is for your reference, as the device name will vary depending on different device manufacturer.

3) After uninstall the driver, restart your PC and check to see if the problem is resolved.

Solution 2: Download and install latest graphic driver

If uninstalling the driver doesn’t resolve the problem, try to update the driver. If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to a flagged graphics driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

Solution 3: Increase the GPU Processing Time by adjusting the Timeout Detection and Recovery registry value

Note: This method will tell you how to modify the registry. It may help fix the problem. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. It is recommended to back up the registry before you modify it so you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.

Type regedit and click OK to open Registry Editor.

2) Browse to and then click the following registry subkey:

3) On the Edit menu in the right pane, right-click on the blank place. Click New, and then select the following registry value from the drop-down menu specific to your version of Windows.

If your PC is running 32-bit operating system, follow these steps:

a) Select DWORD (32-bit) Value.

b) Type TdrDelay as the Name and click Enter.

c) Double-click TdrDelay and add “8” for the Value data and click OK.

If your PC is running 64-bit operating system, follow steps below:

a) Select QWORD (64-bit) Value.

b) Type TdrDelay as the Name and click Enter.

c) Double-click TdrDelay and add “8” for the Value data and click OK.

4) Restart your PC and check to see if the problem is resolved.

After modifying the registry here, if a problem occurs and you are not sure how to restore the registry, you can delete the added TdrDelay Name and restart your PC.

Solution 4: Close Some Programs Running in the Background

If too many programs are running at the same time, the PC performance can be slowed down. So try closing the programs and applications that you are not using.

If the problem occurs only when using a specific application, it may have known issues or corrupt files. Close this application and see if the problem resolves.

Solution 5: Clean GPU Radiator

Overheating GPU may cause the problem. And the GPU is easy to get overheating if the radiator is dusted. So clean the GPU radiator and see if the problem resolves.

  • Dvd Mntl

    My problem is when i rendering a scene with maya 2017. Cpu increase to 100%, its normal,when rendering only use de cpu and dont use the gpu. I tried all things and nothing…

  • Charles Edwards

    I have the same problem that keep coming back. I tried every possible solution until I disabled surge protection in BIOS and it was fine for months before problem returned again. I down-clocked graphic card with afterburner which solved my problem for some time too. However when i hook-up third monitor on motherboard slots wile other monitors are in graphic slots problem again return after few hours of using my PC.

  • Akshay Santhosh

    Hey guys, my problem is whenever I start FIFA 17 the display driver stops working. My graphics card is gt 610 and ram 8gb. Can anyone help me?

  • tommy

    I have mobility radeon 5470 and old driver. In catalyst control center->games->3D settings I set all options to minimum (max efficiency): 1. antyaliasing:controlled by application, 2.anisotropic: controlled by application, 3.tesalation: off, 4. vertical refresh: off, 5. catalyst AI: off. And it works with no problems.

  • mo

    Nothing worked for me I tried everything.

    • Ced Delgado

      Wow, i tried it all to it keeps duing that once in a wile even more when im playing arma3

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  • Philo Anthropos

    The number three solution is has worked or improved the situation. However it still crashes after 10 minutes or so…. whereas before it was doing it after a minute – Is there something I can do to extend this further? I have tried all the other solutions…

  • Md Shihabun Sakib

    my pc running on amd-fx8320 , ga-78lmt-s2p motherboard , 4gb ram, 1TB 7200rpm HDD, windows 7 32bit, no gpu . i so much problem on display driver problem , please some body help me . what should i do

  • Shailendra Goyal

    thank you sir your 3 no. solution is easy and excellent

  • tango charlie

    AFter I click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE from step 3, the display driver crashes and screen becomes blur. So I can’t proceed any further. Please help!!!

    • Phil Reinie

      tango charlie and Mary (a year ago), For procedure 3, editing the registry, you can also do it via the command line with (for 32 bit OS): “reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlGraphicsDrivers /v TdrDelay /t Reg_DWORD /d 3”

      For a 64 bit OS use REG_QWORD (quad word) instead of REG_DWORD (double word).

      Of course, you have to know how to start an ADMIN command prompt. (Non admin can’t add that key.)

      You may find out if the value is already set with “reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlGraphicsDrivers /v TdrDelay”
      TdrDelay REG_DWORD 0x3

      Note that I used the value 3 instead of 8, and I guess it’s because I saw 3 as in procedure/step 3. In any case, I actually used 3 on my machine so the words I’m sticking with are – so I can see what the limit might be. How much does it really have to wait for the GPU to respond? Next to increasing the limit further I might move my HD to a new laptop as all the other laptops do not have this problem meaning it could well be a hardware issue. (My laptop has the Intel HD Graphics 5500 display adapter and if it has a radiator it’s well within the unit.)

  • Business Group (ansarul mulla)

    before uninstall graphic card, I am installing easy drive, now my laptop is no power in display, please help me

    • Camilla Mo


      Is the problem still there? Please leave your comment again if you need further assistance.

  • Domiona Colston

    How do you clean the GPU Radiator? I’ve tried everything here and no solution except cleaning the radiator

  • shekhar mehta

    i think the problem is with display driver as i had format my laptop win 7 home basic before and after that i installed the latest driver from my dell website evry driver was good even display driver but while playing fifa 14 it was crashing with a pop up message that display driver stopped working so as suggested i uninstalled the display driver and installed it from driver cd which i got with my laptop and now i can play fifa 14 without any problem….so if u all guys facing the same prob u might try changing the display driver….i m not sure abt othrs but intel hd the latest display driver is not stable and keeps crashing on my laptop……

  • Logeswaran R.Allgarie

    i tried all solution but its not worked for me finally i solved by reduced the gpu clock and memory clock its work find for me.

    • 百合の心理

      how do you do that?

      • Logeswaran R.Allgarie

        i’m using overclock version gpu.reduce using the software provide by the gpu provider

    • Callahan Folt

      yeah i use that solution too but stil what is realy the cause its sucks to play at reduce performance

  • Dazy Parker

    Thanks for sharing!

  • kavindu chiran

    plases entre the license key……..

  • Jay

    Just did step 1 last night! So far so good! I thought I had too buy a new laptop, save me time and money Thank you!

  • Chaw

    Thank you. It works. Solution 1 and 3 I used.

  • cristina

    thanks so, so much for your help.

  • Rifat Alom Ovi

    Thanks. Its working good.


      which solution did you use

  • Joey

    Thanks. It was helpful.



  • Theresa

    Thank you so much! Your step-by-step instructions in layman terms saved me from having to bring my computer in to be fixed. Thanks again 🙂

  • Sam

    Hai I have zotac GeForce GT610 2gb synergy graphics card.It work for few months but I change my os to win10 then the problem starts a message appears “graphics card stopped working and recovered sucessfully” when I open my GeForce experience or any application the screen get freezed I try all solution but the problem is continuing.I think it was the os problem then I install win7 but the problem is continuing.pls help me

    • Vinoth V

      Your problem is clear sem ..bcos same problem in my system..using graphics card

  • KFC lover

    is there a way i can test if the problems are gone because when im gaming on my computer the issue occurs randomly

  • Mary

    Why don’t you just have a download to repair instead of trying to figure out all those prompt especially for some one who doesn’t know a lot about a computer

    • Retard

      If you can’t handle step by step instructions with pictures, I don’t even know how you managed to turn your computer on.

    • derp

      if you’re executing downloads from “random” websites, … I dunno ’bout that, man.
      And a program that can change registry values…

    • Hannibal

      Because there are so many variables and different computers. No one answer is correct.
      I tried some above and still have problems. I have an old Dell XPS came with Vista. Upgraded to 7 then 10. That is when the graphics issues arose. I got a new graphics card. And this new graphics card supposedly compatible with my computer – the issues started.
      And the last suggestion may be the correct one for me. A dirty (inside) computer.

  • Edo dagan

    Is it possible my monitor is the problem? Because I tried other ones and they worked fine

    • Hannibal

      Doubt it. Depends on how old monitor is.
      Mostly it is incompatibility issues with CPU and graphics card. If the graphics card is integrated, well, you may have to go to computer manufacturer. And if old computer, well, they may be of no help.
      I installed (Windows 10) the Gadgets/Widgets (a download software) and my CPU is running way to high/hard. Which means that my old Dell XPS 410 is on the way out.

  • Muhammad Shees

    what if we install driver pack solution 15.4

    • Bill

      What’s that?