Why does my display driver stop responding?

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Why does my display driver stop responding?
Display driver errors interrupt workflow. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

According to Microsoft Support, there are three main reasons for receiving the message: “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered.” The message usually appears after a temporary delay and lack of response on a PC. Although the PC usually recovers, working with continual display driver errors is frustrating. Further, the situation can cause a stop error and the dreaded "Blue Screen of Death."

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Timeout detection and recovery

If your PC takes more time than it should for video adapter operations, Windows timeout detection and recovery has two seconds to try and reset the graphics hardware. If it fails to achieve this in the allotted time, the system may temporarily stutter. You can change the setting by editing the registry. However, if you make one false move while editing the registry, you can cause serious problems. Therefore, Microsoft offers a “Fix it” solution instead.

Fix it

Click the “Fix it” button. Save the Windows Installer Package “MicrosoftFixit50848.msi” somewhere where you can easily find it again. Double click the file when it has fully downloaded. Click the “Run” button when prompted. Follow prompts.

VDU drivers

You may need to update your visual display unit (VDU) drivers. Check the make and model of your VDU, also known as a monitor. Locate the manufacturer’s website. Look for customer support, or similar. Find display drivers. Download the latest driver for your particular VDU. Save it somewhere where you can easily find it again. Run the driver software. Follow prompts to successfully install it.

Insufficient memory

Another reason for the problem could be background programs. Quit programs that you have finished using. Likewise, close any windows that you no longer need. Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete. Click “Start Task Manager.” The Windows Task Manager pane appears. Click the “Processes” tab. Sometimes, program you have quit will stay resident. If you see one listed, click it. Right click and click “End Process.” Click the “End process” button to confirm the action.

Visual effects

The display driver may stop responding if you have too many visual effects. These might include “Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing,” “Fade out menu items after clicking” and “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop.” To change the settings, first click the Start button. Click “Control Panel.” Click “Performance Information and Tools.” Click “Adjust visual effects.” Click the “Visual Effects” tab if it is not already showing. Click the “Adjust for best performance” radio button. Click the “OK” button.

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