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Display Driver Has Stopped Responding...

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#1 Cryptvill


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:19 AM

This problem has been going on for about four months now. My computer specs are as follows:

Windows 7 64 Bit.
Nvidia GForce GTX 460 graphics card
6 GB of Ram
500 GB hard drive with 411 GB free

The problem is: At random times (most often when adobe flash player runs through youtube or a website with a lot of applications like Facebook) the computer screen will freeze for 2 seconds, turn black, and then come back online and a message will pop up saying "Display driver has stopped responding and has now recovered." The bigger problem is, every now and then it does not come back and I have to forcefully restart, losing any unsaved work.

This problem seems to be unsolved on the internet:


Microsoft offers a fix-it-for-me tool, that I have ran multiple times, and nothing has come out of it.

My hypothesis:

This is not a problem of the graphics card, this is three possiblities:

1) Motherboard - if this is the case, then I am not going to be happy. There's not much I can do about this.
2) Virus - A simple reformat should do the trick
3) Operating system - All these problems seem to happen on windows 7, maybe I should jump ship to a different operating system.

My question to YOU is: IS my hypothesis correct? IF so, should I reformat my comp with windows 7 in hopes that all problems will be gone, OR should I switch to a different operating system? Which would be better? And do you have any help in this situation?

Thank you for looking and responding to my topic.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

My lappy (NVidia 540M) did the exact same thing. Eventually updating the drivers (or reverting) the drivers resolved the problem.

Update flash first, then NVidia drivers and go from there.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:49 PM

I ran into the same issues with my Nvidia GeForce 6200 AGP graphics drivers.

Seemed like the newer drivers were a nightmare and it happened more often.

The issue is most common on both Windows Vista and Windows 7 32 Bit and 64 Bit OS.

I don't seem to have issues with Windows XP SP3 Machines FWIW.

This MSDN article explains why this happens with the

Timeout Detection and Recovery of GPUs


A possible FIX may involve editing the windows registry.

As a Staff member of BC it is only fitting to post this link as a warning:

(The information provided above, requires a registry edit. (The recommended program, will make changes to the registry.)
Improper changes to the registry could render your computer inoperable.
Remember to backup the registry, before making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry
(I highly recommend, you make a copy of this article, before proceeding.)


Edit: Added more information.

Edited by MrBruce1959, 01 January 2013 - 06:11 PM.

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