Display driver stopped responding and has recovered, here’s a simple fix that worked on Windows 7 gaming system with NVIDIA 560 Ti, and Windows 8 ThinkPad W520 with NVIDIA 1000M

Ah, the dreaded “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” message, aka, TDR error that dates back to Vista days. Here’s my saga, that began in the summer of 2012:

You may recall I’m using an SLI configuration in gZilla, the family’s gaming system. That’s two 560 Ti based GPUs:

MSI GeForce GTX560 Ti 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/Mini HDMI
PCI-Express Video Card N560GTX TI TWIN FROZR II OC

Recently, I began to run into trouble with one of the 2 cards running significantly hotter than the other, even when installed alone. How do I know this? For one, the gamer was complaining of random crashes becoming more frequent, forfeiting battles. Not good.

So I used MSI Kombuster that comes along with MSI’s latest Afterburner 2.22 from here:
to stress the GPU, and really bring it to high temperatures rather quickly. This quickly crashed the system with a blank black screen. It was kind of like the computer was running, but nobody was home. Being able to quickly reproduce the problem is good, in a way.

So I pulled one MSI card out, 50/50 shot at getting the right one. Oops, I apparently chose the wrong one, since the remaining one ran hot (>80C then crash). Swapped cards, much cooler, no crashes, simple, now I know which one to RMA (which MSI processed instantly, 3 year warranty is a good thing.

I then figured now was as good a time as any to also update to the latest WHQL 301.42 drivers, as well as bring my ASRock Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 motherboard to BIOS level 2.10. That didn’t go so well, with 2 new issues:

  • one of my three 1TB drives dropped from the Intel Rapid Storage Technology RAID0 array, perhaps just as a nasty side effect of the UEFI flash upgrade
    time for a restore from my latest Windows Home Server based backup, which had a problem with booting the usual recovery media, which after additional anxiety, I eventually worked out here:
    good, at least I have an operating system again, one hurtle cleared, one more to go:
  • I began to get this error (pictured above) on this 301.42 driver:
    Display driver stopped responding and has recovered
    Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 301.42 stopped
    responding and has successfully recovered.

Here’s the details of the error, from the Windows System Event Log:

Log Name: System

Source: Display
Date: 6/25/2012 5:02:13 PM
Event ID: 4101
Task Category: None
Level: Warning
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: gzilla
Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has successfully recovered.
Event Xml:

So I began my quest for a solution, Googling away, and pouring over NVIDIA and MSI FAQs:

Basic Troubleshooting Guide:
Online FAQ (frequently updated to provide fresh solutions):

and hundreds of various forum posts. Bad sign that I was not finding consensus for this catch-all “display driver not responding” class of error, which could be anything from an under-powered power supply to bad DIMMs.

I then knew this was likely going to be a tough nut to crack. So I also opened a trouble ticket with MSI, just in case they had helpful advice or things to try. Here was their admittedly very fast response:

MSI Tech. 06/25/2012 Dear Mr. Braren I want to apologize for the issues that you are experiencing with your MSI product. If you are experiencing issues after updating the drivers you can try installing an older version of the driver from the NVIDIA website to see if the issue gets betters or stays the same. If the issue is not a driver issue please try testing a different game to see if the system is crashing only on a specific game or multiple applications. If you continue to have the display driver error this may be a result of a defective video card, if possible try testing this video card on another computer or a different video card on this system. If you are able to troubleshoot the issue as a defective video card you will want to submit a request at the following link to have an RMA number issued http://service.msicomputer.com/msi_user/rma_form_new.aspx

Not really wishing to go all the way back to mid-last-year’s drivers (with worse StarCraft II performance), I figured there must be a better, more elegant solution. Pouring over the release notes for all the 2011 and 2012 driver releases proved fruitless. But eventually stumbled across this simple gem, from August 16 2011, when “Yowan” had this to say, on 08/16/2011 04:43 PM:

I fixed it by using “Prefer Max performance” instead of “Adaptive” in NVIDIA Control Panel

My gut and experience was telling me to try this simple fix, since avoiding GHz shifting on the fly seemed to help others with similar video cards. At the cost of some watt burn savings perhaps, but worth a try, still, and took only seconds to do.

Amazing, it worked. No need to fiddle with clean uninstalling of drivers. Yep, nailed it with this one simple fix, which is not the default driver setting that you get with a fresh install. Overall system watt-burn seems to be the same at idle and under load, actually. Thank you Yowan!



Step-by-step, start by right-clicking on your desktop, choosing the NVIDIA Control Panel:

“Power management mode – Adaptive” is the default setting


Change it to Prefer maximum performance


Then click “Apply” and you’re all set, no reboot required.

I may try SLI again once I get the RMA’d 2nd 560 Ti card back, but only if I see StarCraft II frame rates not keeping up when boyo is streaming. And only if stability of the system is unaffected, of course.

So there you have it, a nice tidy ending to a long saga. Hope this helps somebody else out there. And I learned a lot along the way. Which is often the case with the tougher, more time consuming technology battles we all find ourselves fighting. Feels good, going from zero (I broke his system) to hero (I got things working better than ever).

Nov 26 2012 Update:
Surprised myself today. Was Google searching here, for a cure for a BSOD error I was getting coming out of suspend on my ThinkPad W520 with Windows 8 Pro 64 bit:

and as I poked around various sites, I surprised myself when I came across my own June 2012 post, yes this, the article you’re reading now was the 2nd result when searching for
nvlddmkm.sys crash “windows 8″ nvidia 100m thinkpad w520

Google search for:
nvlddmkm.sys crash “windows 8″ nvidia 1000m thinkpad w520

Figured why not try it again. Surprise surprise, the same fix worked here again, no reboot needed, stability regained. Wow. Even though it was a seemingly entirely different error and circumstance. This W520 has the latest Windows 8 drivers from here:
which currently means NVIDIA video driver /

So I updated the title of this post, and added better screenshots. Interesting that this article continues to see Pageviews grow over time, seen below.

Apparently I’m not exactly alone with this apparently common issue. Glad this workaround may also be helping others. And glad I was able to help myself!

Apr 06, 2013 Update:
Still going strong, with positive user comments still coming in, with 10,000 unique pageviews.

In an effort to bring more attention to this helpful tip, Microsoft’s Dan Stolts allowed me to post over at his popular IT Pro Guru Blog as well:


Aug 27 2013 Update:
This is kind of amazing, still going strong, with positive comments continuing to flow in.
unique-page-views-nvidia-stopped-responding Aug 27 2013

Oct 30 2013 Update:
Still growing, 34,727 page views so far, with a recent flood of roughly 100 unique pageviews per day.

Oct 30 2013 unique pageviews
Just an FYI, this video by Michael Martin covers some other fix methods. I didn’t try changing the PhysX settings, or changing the voltage of the GPU, since I didn’t have to. But these methods may be of value to you, should my method above not work for you. These are procedures to follow if you know what you are doing, and are done at your own risk!

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  • Arnold Rimmer

    thanks for posting in such good detail!

  • Erik W

    I was also having the same problem and the above solution has appeared to fix it. I fixed it by using “Prefer Max performance” instead of “Adaptive” in NVIDIA Control Panel: It has been a few weeks now and I have not received this error since changing to this setting. Thank you to the original poster for this solution. (using GTX570 Sept 2012)

  • http://www.facebook.com/simeon.d.krastev.5 Simeon D. Krastev

    Works great man, thanks for posting this, I was going the same meaningless posts in different forums until I came up across this, again thanks a million man!

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      So glad to hear this fix also worked for you. Thank you for taking the time to give this valuable feedback!

  • Emmanuel

    i dont have nvidia….but have intel hd graphics…please help…

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      I do not have any first hand experience with such issues on Intel, so I’m unfortunately unable to assist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gregulator1987 Greg Thompson

    When this started did you also have artifacts with the driver crash?

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      No actually, I don’t recall any visual artifacts. But can you outline what kind of artifacts you’re seeing, for the possible benefit to others following this?

      FYI, both my Core i7 running Windows 8 on ThinkPad W520, and the Core i7 homebuild running Windows 7, are still working quite nicely, with no more of these driver crash errors.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Gregulator1987 Greg Thompson

        I have had all sorts of artifact colors green purple yellow. I tried another slot in my motherboard just encase that was causing all this but just today after week of it being in the second slot it artifact’d and did the display driver kernel crash right after. I found another site saying increasing the voltage in small amount will fix this.

        • Gurparam Kang

          Yep I am getting these artifacts as well, all sorts of different colours. I have tried a lot of different things, when I open up nVidia control panel I don’t have the option that says Power Management mode

  • Illanyss

    I had the same kind of problem but the issue Happened even during idle times. It even prevents me from logging into Windows for a while. The system looks stable for some time (it can be any amount of time) and then the driver fails (so it says in the error text). I monitored the voltage, the power %, the memory, the cpu, mostly anything but I only saw a change in the moment it happens as a result of it happening, not as a cause…
    The thing is, I tried your method and the issue still happened. I’m using Windows 7 Home Premium and my Graphics Card is a Gigabyte GTX 550 Ti. I tried many things already but nothing seems to work. For now I’m using Windows drivers but I’m not sure that will keep me safe for long…

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      Darn, can’t win them all I guess. There’s just so many variables, and I’m amazed these sorts of issues have lingered for such a very long time. I sincerely hope you find a combination of GPU, driver, and settings that work for your particular installation, and I’m sorry this particular tip didn’t work for you.

      • Illanyss

        Well, for now it seems kind of stable. The drivers fail at Windows start ALWAYS but recover and then nothing else happens. Still, I’m always expecting the worst. I’ll investigate this further if something else happens.

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  • spaceman_za

    I tried setting the Prefer Max performance and still no luck,i tried everthing
    plz share if there is new fix on it
    the error i get is with the 310.70 nvidia and im using msi 560ti twin frozr 3
    ingame gpu temp is stable at 50′C only seem to happen when the pc idels
    thanks alot

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      I’m sorry it didn’t work for you, I too wish there was a simple, universal fix for this sort of annoyance. I admit, I haven’t come across a newer/better fix either.

    • Adriaan Pretorius

      I just wanted to also mention yes, that on my PC it seems to only happen when the card is NOT busy. I can play games on ultra performance for hours (the newest titles) with no freezes and resets, but when I am on the desktop of just idly browsing the internet, I get frequent TDR errors. It’s as if the card cannot be kept ‘busy’ enough and shuts down? I wish I could use my onboard card for Windows and switch to the PCI-e card for games.

      I have a GeForce GTX 780 GAMING card, running Windows 8.0 with the 320.49 driver.

      • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

        I’ll ask around, because that may be similar to our situation (summer of 2012). Thank you for taking the time to note what could be important information!

  • Anon

    Thank you! Your solution is the only one that worked

  • Sergio

    Thanks!! This WORKS!!!

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      So glad you took a moment to share the good news.
      I didn’t find fighting with this NVIDIA quirk very fun, but glad to know perhaps I’ve allowed somebody else to enjoy better uses of their time.

      • Sergio

        Yes!!, I was thinking of buying another Graphics card!! I have and Nvidia GTS 250.

        Now all goes perfect no black screen no restart of nvidia driver, all perfect. It was very annoying viewing youtube videos.

        Thanks From Spain.

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  • micman

    I will try this. I get the same error while using Google Drive in Chrome of all things. No games installed on this machine yet (Lenovo Y500 w/ 2 GT650m’s). Running Windows 8. I’ll report back. Going to load Google Drive again…

  • Patrick

    Wow that actualy worked!

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      Patrick, glad it helped you. Still kind of amazing to me that this is such a pervasive problem, that has apparently persisted out there for such a long time. I published this article nearly 8 months ago, and the popularity of this post continues to hold steady, at around 100 readers per day.

      Can you share what GPU and driver combo you’re using? I’m curious if this tweak is still needed for newer releases of the NVIDIA drivers.

  • Terowack

    I sure hope this fix works… I’ve been dealing with this for weeks now. Ever since they came out with 314.07.

    My only issue is that I don’t have an option to swap under my global settings for power management. I think perhaps because I installed the Nvidia system tools. I cant find anything that adjusts the global settings for power management.


    • Terowack

      Closest I could find was under the Adjust image settings with preview, right above where you’ve shown in the screenshots. There’s an option for a user preference, but it’s not power management…

      Guess I’ll roll the dice.

      • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

        Whatever happens, it’s good info. Thank you for sharing your experiences, good and bad.

    • Terowack

      The power management option under the global settings is only available only for the GeForce 9 series and above. I’m a GTX 8800…

      Damn you ‘Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has successfully recovered.’

  • asdklfjkads

    Dude. You. Are. So. Awesome. Thank you so much for providing this INDEPTH review on my computer. I’ve had this huge problem RIGHT when I got it from the manufacturers and was starting to think of asking them for a new one but you have my exact same problem and have provided me with a very quick and easy fix. I am left with no questions and now have a humming computer. I can’t thank you enough!

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      Wow. You’re welcome!

  • Morten

    THANK YOU!!! Searched and tried different approaches for two days now.. This worked instantly.. Im so happy :)

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      How nice of you to share how you feel, that’s great. It’s so fun to share techniques and to spread joy. Have fun!

  • Troublesum

    Thanks you!, i new it was a power saving issue as only happend when system went idle only turned off all the windows power saving options. Cheers for this great article :)

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren


  • Hussam

    please can you tell how i do this with an ATI radeon hd 5450 2gb ddr3 video card please this problem has Tortured me

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      I wish I could help, but since I don’t have an ATI Radeon card, I don’t have any way to make even an educated guess. I wish you well, and hope you find a solution to the issue.

    • aap

      you can do it by editing your vbios. i need to do this myself as every ati card i have had, has this problem

      • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

        Wow, thank you aap, hope it helps others!

  • maimonguy

    Thanks man,

    I don’t even know if your suggesions will eventually help me come up with the solution to the problem I am facing, but here’s my amazing story, the wildest expirience I have had in ~20 years as ITpro:

    may someone have a clue of further steps i should take i will be very greatful.

    1. First seen this problem 3 months ago- the problem – “Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has successfully recovered.” when moving the mouse while watching a movie in full sceen at a friend’s house
    2. change drivers (nvidia) at clients home – no luck
    3. reinstalled os (7) at my home – no traces of the problem but when i gave it back to the friend’s home – same broblem.
    4. replaced GPU (GT9500 –> GT220) at the friend’s home – still crashing.
    5. replaced the computer (yes man, with a new one, everything but the HDD) – still crashing.
    but than i tried something else
    6. I took the whole workstation (thge computer along with te monitor, mouse, keyboard) to my place home from this clients home and – UNBELIEVABLE – No Crashes no metter what i try to do !!!!
    in the meanhwile i have tried anything, including unplugging the printer and the Speakers set from the power at the friend’s home – no luck
    My next suggestion – problem with AC power at the friend’s house (old infrastructure)
    7. brought a UPS to his house and still – same problem there.

    MY PROBLEM STILL REMAIN UNSOLVED, and just made the software changes uggested here, will check it later today and will surely update if helped.


    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      You certainly got my attention, looking forward to hearing the results, even if just tentative results.

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      Any word yet (did it work)?

    • Adrian Ruiz

      I hope this post gets to you. I also had this issue and couldn’t figure it out for weeks! I recently found a forum on this issue and found that Mirror Drivers for software such as LogMeIn don’t play nice with the video driver hence the TDR error message. After removing the Mirror Driver from the Device Manager in Windows 7 64 bit my pc runs like a top! Hope this helps.


      • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

        Interesting twist, thank you Adrian!

        I should add that when troubleshooting such issues as this TDR issue last summer, I always disabled the LogMeIn mirror driver in Device Manager anyway (without uninstalling it), and that didn’t seem to make a difference. But with you bringing this up, I’ll re-think that, and consider un-installing it entirely (at the expense of a considerable speed boost it can give for remote control), especially if this TDR bites me on another system in the future.

        • Adrian

          Paul – I’m sorry to report that the issue is back! I was rock solid for a week and then it started happening all over again. Yesterday I replaced my GTX 560 with an old Radeon 4850. The system is stable and I have also re-installed LogMeIn as I do alot of remoting for work. So far so good, but this card is much weaker than the 560 :( This issue is a nightmare!

          • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

            Sigh, agreed Adrian, it’s so mysterious, a difficult issue to understand, troubleshoot, and fix. Instead, it’s more like try workaround and cross fingers.
            (note somebody else commented about ATI/AMD too, seen below).

            So, anybody got the name of somebody at NVIDIA? I got nowhere with the one NVIDIA business card I collected, back at CES 2012.

            If you know somebody, please share this disqus thread with them, and/or contact me directly at:

          • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

            Sigh, agreed Adrian, it’s so mysterious, a difficult issue to understand, troubleshoot, and fix. Instead, it’s more like try my workaround and cross your fingers.
            (note somebody else commented about ATI/AMD too, seen below).

            So, anybody got the name of somebody at NVIDIA? I got nowhere with the one NVIDIA business card I collected, back at CES 2012.

            If you know somebody, please share this disqus thread with them, and/or contact me directly at:

  • Katie

    Thank you! I bought a Lenovo y500 and the first one I got had a whole slew of problems, that being one. Annoyed me to the point of returning the product as faulty. With the second one, the driver still crashing had me frustrated but with such a simple fix, I feel silly now.

    • http://tinkerty.com/ Paul Braren

      Wow! Glad I could help, and thank you so much for sharing.

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  • Nathan Josephs

    my problem was even worse than most users sure i got the display driver crash and the black screen….but mine didnt recover resulting in a so called blue screen (which im only informed about on my next start up since i couldnt see it) and lo behold this fixed it as well! thanks man been plaguing my gaming sessions for the last 2 months.

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      So great to hear that, really glad it helped yet another person out there! Keep in mind that only about 1 in a thousand visitors write comments, so wow, a lot of folks still having this issue. This article’s page views continue to climb, even now, over a year since it was originally published. Wonder if this issue will ever truly get resolved by NVIDIA.

      • raffau

        I managed to fix the damn issue,download “nvidia inspector” and find your own correct settings, if interested in more detail (currently using my mobile so it has to be short:) mail me raffau25@yahoo.com

        • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

          Very interested, see my email!

  • Zero Counts

    Yo man, I just built a computer recently and I was running into these problems.

    I asked all my friends and no one had any idea what the hell I was talking about.

    BUT NOW I KNOW. It’s all thanks to you.


    • Zero Counts


      Never mind. Like 6 minutes later it crashes again.

      • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

        I’ll let you know if I find more info, since you’re right, it just doesn’t work for everybody (there’s a variety of reasons for these sorts of errors). I’m also talking to raffau as well (see his comment above).

  • Fredrik

    I will try this in my windows 8, its very anoying. I am using the same motherboard and graphics card u are using btw, except the second one is an Asus.

  • Kyo

    Again unlucky -.-

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      Sorry it didn’t wind up helping you out. It’s a complex issue, with so many potential causes, and hard to figure out which circumstances this software tweak will help.

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      What wound up happening (with your unfortunate experience), if you’re willing to share?

  • Ariahna Phelps

    I have a MSI GT780DXR Laptop. I love this thing to death, despite my husband saying I need a desk top. (I know… but it’s nice to have this little thing to take along for traveling) But I was having the same exact issue. I just found your site, so I am hoping this will work. What we did was install windows on the laptop, and it seemed to have fixed the issue, until last night (about 2 days after installing windows 8). I’m crossing my fingers that this works. If so, thank you so much! If not… well I’ll let you know too. :)

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      Either way, thank you for visiting, and for taking the time to share your story!

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      How things work out for you?

      • army.girl916

        Oh I got distracted bc it actually worked and fixed the problem completely! Back to video games and school work. Thank you for your post! It helped immensely. :D

  • mako

    i read this and tonight i will try because now i’m on my work…hope to work

  • Phillip

    Thank you thank you thank you! After weeks of trying to find a solution, this actually worked!

    • Phillip

      I forgot to mention that I’m using a Lenovo ideapad y500 running Windows 8.

      • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

        Thank you for the feedback!

  • Flá Morniëtári

    Well, I’ve just read the article, ’cause I have formatted my PC and I’m getting this crash and freezing everytime. I was going to try what you’ve proposed BUT, after I’ve opened my Nvidia Control Panel, I realized I just don’t have this option there!!! My GeForce is an onboard one, model 8300 from Asus M4N78 Pro motherboard. So, what can I do? I’ll put a printscreen here. Thanks in advance.

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      I’m really not sure, since I don’t own that combination of motherboard and driver and NVIDIA Control Panel. Any chance you’ve tried different drivers (even older ones) and control panel, to see if the option shows up? Perhaps it’s not available on onboard GPUs.

      I’m so sorry, I just can’t accurately weigh in on such a complex topic that is well beyond my full understanding. All I can say is what I’ve tested myself, which has benefited a whole lot of folks, but might not work out in your circumstance. I realize this is all very frustrating, I sure hope NVIDIA takes a good look at this as an opportunity for improvement!

      • Flá Morniëtári

        Well, thanks anyway! First, for the very fast answer, and second, for trying to help.
        There’s a topic related to this problem on Nvidia official forum and I’ll put your link there to help the others, while I try to find something else for here… Have a nice day! ^^

        • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

          That is such a kind offer! Feel free to link to that forum post here, even if it’s non-English, to possibly help others down the road. Thank you again!

  • elliot

    i tried changing to prefer maximum performance but it didnt work =(

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      Sigh, wish we had a fix for this for everybody, not just a workaround I found that works for some. Thanks for stopping by, elliot.

  • ryan

    well i can confirm that this did not fix the driver not responding issue for me.. glad it is helping some idk what to do anymore

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      Sorry to hear that ryan. I cannot win ‘em all, but at least I try ;-)

  • jay bhura

    I am not able to find the Power Management Mode in this Manage 3D Setting–>Global Settings. What should I do. Whenever I watch a video the problem (display driver stopped responding) only aggravates, the browser crashes and the screen goes black.

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      Your driver/device doesn’t have this setting, so my fix won’t apply. I would suggest trying to reach out to the support folks for the particular video card you have. If it’s a laptop, then it’d be the laptop vendor. Sorry I couldn’t help out, I just have no first-hand knowledge to even begin to guess what you’ll have to do to fix this in your situation.

  • kobe

    geforce 560ti

    win 7 64bit

    after i updated driver to 331.58-desktop-win8-win7-winvista-64bit-english-whql

    i get crashes during anything i do with same messege “display driver nvidia windows kernel mode driver stopped responding and has recovered”
    i tried many things nothing seems to work.
    if just anyone can help..?

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      As workaround, may need to go backlevel on the driver, I’m sorry to say. It may not fix it, and neither does my workaround really, it’s just something to try. Sorry I don’t have the same situation as you kobe. I know others will see your comments, hard to know the likelihood of an answer to your specific circumstance though. Thanks for visiting/posting!

    • Ashish Gupta

      did you found any solution to this problem? Please reply

  • Jay Tee

    Fix worked for me after i also did the same in the Programs tab of Manage 3d settings.

    Do one program and the others should change also automatically.

    Thanks very much. Cured a lot of hassles. Nvidia—change your defaults please.

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      Wow, another success story, and an additional tip that may help others, very kind of you to type it up. Thanks!

  • asad

    n my nvidia control panel i dont have any power amnagment mode???? what i should do

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      It would then seem more likely your TDR errors are not resolved through a simple software tweak, consider asking for RMA, or working with your reseller or vendor. Sorry I don’t have a better answer.

  • Dan Knight

    Thank you so much. I have been struggling with this issue for ages, it affected my MBP when in Bootcamp with Win 7, 7, and 8,1 and mostly when I was developing/viewing WPF applications or watching YouTube. I had tried various things, including, reinstalling OS, a reg value that turned of Tdr checking and so on, and this is the only thing that seems to have fixed it. Thanks again. Dan

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren


  • David Moffoot

    I thought this worked for me but instead

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      Yeah, this workaround doesn’t work for everybody, unfortunately. Consider contacting support from the company that makes your graphics card.

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  • K0zBr

    Someone give this guy a medal.

  • Jamie O’Hara

    I’m wondering if my GPU is just dying. This issue became more and more common as time went on, and got to the point where the second I start a game, it freezes the entire computer. I have tried applying this fix – Nothing changed, was running the 331 update given through Windows Update, and it happened as well with a 2xx.xx driver when I had reset the computer back to factory state.

    I had this solution applied, and for a moment, it worked, but then my XPS 17 BSOD’d, and I haven’t touched it since then. It’s getting to the point where I think I might just have to say goodbye to my XPS, and start a custom build desktop. :/

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      Well, yeah, I’d agree, that GPU/software behavior doesn’t too promising, and is likely quite aggravating. Likely best to move onward, if you can afford to!

  • NaX

    Hi! I’ve seen you give such a great feedback to the comments, so I’m just going to try it here… maybe I’m lucky, i’m kinda desperated now …

    Geforce GTX 770 4gb. i7 4820K. 16Gb RAM.

    I can play games in Ultra, render Videos or use Photoshop perfectly.

    Problem comes when I try to render something in 3ds Max… when it’s been between 2 and 7 minutes rendering, black screen during 3 seconds and the annoying drivers kernel appears. After that, 3ds Max freezes and I lose my render.

    I can’t render anything, which I don’t understand, because when you are rendering you are using 100% CPU, but GPU is doing nothing…

    I really hope someone gets a solution to me, I’ve tried so many of them (included this one)..Thanks!!

  • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

    Will be very interesting to see what folks have to say about this “Tdr Manipulator” in the coming weeks. Thank you for sharing, NaX!

  • Kelly

    You have just made my day, my week, my month, my YEAR with the fix about the nvidia graphics drive recovered message. ThANK YOU!!!

    • http://TinkerTry.com/about Paul Braren

      Wow, glad this article helped!

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  • owesometips

    This is really a good fix. And if needed, learn more fixes from this slideshow: http://www.slideshare.net/Olivia_Lewis/display-driver-keeps-stop-working-and-recovering-repeatedly