[Solved] Nvidia Display driver stopped working and has recovered

Camilla Mo, in Graphic issues
Nvidia Black screen problem “Display driver stopped working and has recovered” can be caused by different issues, but mostly due to power supply issues and driver issues. If you meet this problem, try solutions below to solve it. 

Change Power Management Setting

If the power saving the drivers tries to make changes on the Nvidia video cards, the problem would occur. Follow these steps to change the power management setting.

1. Go to Control Panel
2. View by “Small icons” in Control Panel and click Power Options.

3. Change plans to High Performance. After opening Power Options window, if you do not see High Performance option, expand “Show additional plans”, then you will see it there.

4. After that, click Change plan settings

5. Click Change advanced power settings.

6. Expand PCI Express then Link State Power Management. Make sure the setting is Off.

7. Right-click on PC desktop and click NVIDIA Control Panel.

8. Click Manage 3D settings in right pane. In left pane at “Global Settings” tab, select “Power management mode” to Prefer maximum performance.

Then click Apply button to make the change take effect.

9. If the problem occurs while you are playing games, please also:
Right click the the game icon and select Properties. Select the “Compatibility” tab and check the box for “Disable Desktop Composition” and click OK button.

The problem can also be caused by faulty graphics drivers. To fix this problem, you can try below.

Uninstall Nvidia Graphics Drivers

Follow steps below to uninstall the Graphics driver.

1. Press Win+R (Windows key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog box will appear.
Type devmgmt.msc in the run box then click OK button. This is to open Device Manager Window.


2. Expand “Display adapters” category and right-click on NVIDIA device name. The context menu will pop up. Click Uninstall on context menu.

After uninstall the driver, restart your PC for the changes to take effect. Then Windows will load the correct drivers. 


Download and Install Latest NVIDIA Graphics Drivers


You can go to your PC manufacturer’s website or Nvidia website to download the latest drivers for NVIDIA Graphics card. The driver can be normally downloaded from “Support” section of the website. Usually, the downloaded driver package contains .exe setup file. To install the driver, double-click on this file then follow the on-screen instructions.

If you are having difficulty downloading drivers manually, you can use Driver Easy to help you.

Driver Easy is a driver update tool which can detect all problem drivers in your computer. Then find and download new drivers for you. So if your Nvidia drivers are outdated, your can use Driver Easy to download the latest drivers. 

Driver Easy has Free version and Paid version. Both versions can be used to download drivers freely. But with Free version, you are required to install drivers manually. To save more time, you can consider using the Paid version. With Paid version, you can get higher download speed, and update all drivers automatically with just 1 click. We offer free technical support guarantee and 30-day money back guarantee. You can ask for further assistance regarding your Nvidia black screen issue and a full refund if you want.


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  • Riflo

    THNX, solved everything, more than one month not facing any driver crash

  • sdsdsd

    I’ll never buy nvidia again

  • Cliff G

    A huge vote of thanks is due to you folks; I followed all of the above steps, problem is now solved. As Force G says, it is necessary to uninstall GeForce Experience, and I also found it necessary to uninstall Dell SystemProtect (stress tests hardware, checks for driver updates).

  • usman aziz

    i couldn’t see the option of power management mode of my gpu control pannel

    • Pichu Pokémon

      Try Nvidia Inspector

  • 百合の心理

    i also have this problem but the freezing just got worse from time to time.
    at first it only occur everytime when im playing ps2 emulator but when i play games like shadow of mordor or heavy stuff it doenst freeze, thats the first encounter.
    and then it become worst when it happen everytime when i play any games on my computer except ps1 emulator.
    at this point i think its because i havent clean my computer for a long time so i tried to clean it. but not too detail. just cleaning the dust on motherboard, ram, etc. but i didnt open the psu or the gpu so there might be a dust in the fan. after that the computer going well for a while until it freeze everytime. even when im only browsing internet like this it will got randomly freeze. but i will try this method and see if this work

  • WenXing Ethereal

    I cant find Disable Desktop Composition on my game properties compability tab

  • Force G

    Tried this but didn’t work. I was about to start the process of deleting the drivers and starting again with a fresh install.

    Before I did that I went to control panel/programs and features and deleted Nvidia Geforce Experience. Not only is the problem solved, but I’m happy not to have that bloated program running in the background. Computer is running so much better without it.

    • Pat

      will try this

      • Darken Rahl

        you can just exit geforce experience…

  • Khurram

    Thanks, First part solved the issue 🙂

  • Just a Puny Wanderer

    First part solved my problem. But, would it have negative effects on the Graphic card? The power saving cut in for a reason, right?

    • leftjeffa

      Same. It worked for me from the top (until and before ‘Uninstall Nvidia..’.) Good tips here, however, I was wondering the same thing about the setting change.

      Bahh, I guess I would rather play the game ‘Observer’ (the only game that caused the crash) than care about my card overheating :/ Then again, I downloaded the free ‘TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.2.0’ to monitor temp and it says my GPU temperature is only at a stable 62°C so it looks good in that regards.

  • swamhtetnaing

    After uninstalling Nvidia Driver,My computer work normally and I opened my favourite world of warcraft game but it doesn’t happen ” Nvidia Display driver stopped working and has recovered “. Thank you so much Drivereasy!

  • JOE t

    first part did the trick thanks

  • Ali Haider

    Thanks a lot ! it worked ! 🙂

  • User

    Thanks for the steps,I think my problem is solved