How to Fix: Display Driver has Stopped Responding and has Recovered

How to Fix: Display Driver has Stopped Responding and has Recovered

/ James Masterson

Sometimes our incredibly complex computers can run into problems related to the coordination of internal tasks. This error will state that the “Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered” and can occur when Windows believes that your graphics card (or its driver) has taken too much time to do its job.

More technically a Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered error indicates that your graphics card caused a Windows Time Out Detection and Recovery Error and Windows attempted a reset, without success. It could have been the result of a highly unusual circumstance and might not happen again after you reboot your computer.

If it does happen again, or if you wish to take proactive steps to prevent it from happening again, you can try the following steps to ensure that your graphics card responds in a timely fashion.

Fix #1: Running too Many Applications could cause a “Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered Error”

Exit all applications except the one you were running when the error occurred.

If there are applications that have been minimized, hover over the icon in the taskbar at the bottom (minimized applications are signified with underlining of the icon in Windows 10)

close out applications

Step 1:

Right Click on Each Underlined Icon

Step 2:

Then, Click “Close Window

Save any work that you want to save as the window closes (it will ask you if you wish to save it)

If the error does not occur again, you may have temporarily corrected the problem. However, it may return if you again run and minimize multiple applications as you did before.

If you need to have multiple applications running and/or minimized at the same time, then you might also consider one of the following, more permanent, fixes below.

Fix #2: You May be Running a Highly Graphics-Intensive Application

Realistic games can make heavy demands on your graphics card. If the demand gets too much, you could get a Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered Error Try closing the most graphics-oriented application that you are currently running, to see if the error no longer occurs.

Engineering and scientific software can also be highly graphics-intensive, even if they don’t display graphics images (some use the much faster graphics processor to process mathematical calculations).

If this works, but you still need to use the graphics-intensive application, then you might consider one of the following methods to fix it more permanently.

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Fix #3: Try Changing the Windows Visual Effects settings

You can also try disabling some of the Windows visual effects to reduce the demands on your graphics card:

Step 1:

Click Start. Then click Settings.

Step 2:

Look for the search box on the dialog box that pops up and then type: Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows, and then click on the same phrase in the results box below.

Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows

Step 3:

Click on the Visual Effects Tab

Click on the Visual Effects Tab

Step 4:

Click the circle next to Adjust for Best Performance

If you don’t like the effects of this setting, you could try checking some of the features underneath to arrive at a custom configuration. Just remember that each one increases demand on the Graphics card again.

Fix #4: Change Your Time Out Detection and Recovery Setting

For a more technical fix for the Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered Error message you could change the registry settings.

Change the time-out setting in your Registry so that Windows gives the graphics card more time before it triggers this error. Since this setting is typically set as default, a new configuration needs to be added to the Registry as follows.

DANGER: Improper modifications to your Registry can permanently and severely damage your Windows operating system. You could lose all of your work and all of your files. Have this step done by a professional unless you are qualified to perform it. Always back up your Registry before making such a change especially after a Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered Error.

Step 1:

Exit all Windows applications.

Step 2:

Click on Start and look for the “Search” box:

Windows Search Box

Step 3:

Enter “regedit” in the Search box. A search will be performed as you type.

Step 4:

Find regedit.exe in the search results and Double-Click on it to bring up the Registry Editor:

registry editor

Step 5:

Find the Graphics Drivers registry subkey by clicking down the path given below:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlGraphicsDrivers:


Step 6:

While GraphicsDrivers is highlighted (as shown), Click on the Edit menu and then on New.

Step 7:

Click on the correct choice (for your operating system) in the drop-down menu, as follows:

For 32 Bit Windows

  1. Select DWORD (32-bit) value.
  2. Type TdrDelay as the Name and then select Enter.
  3. Double-click TdrDelay and add 8 for the Value data and then select OK.

For 64 Bit Windows

  1. Select QWORD (64-bit) value.
  2. Type TdrDelay as the Name and then select Enter.
  3. Double-click TdrDelay and add 8 for the Value data and then select OK.

Step 8:

Double-click on the new “TdrDelay” entry and choose Modify to bring up the edit box:

modify tdrdelay

Step 9:

Close RegEdit and restart your computer.

Fix #5: There may be a problem with Your Graphics Card

Update your display driver to the latest version, this is an extremely common cause of the dreaded Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered Error. This can happen when you have neglected to upgrade your card drivers for too long.

Step 1:

Determine the manufacturer of your graphics card and the model number.

  1. If your graphics card is a separate card installed into an expansion or upgrade socket, inspect the part of the card that you can see from outside (the monitor will likely be connected straight to it) for labels, stamping, or printing.
  2. Check the Windows Device Manager for information on the graphics card (AKA “display adapter” in the Device Manager)

Click on Start and type “Device Manager” into the search box:

device manager on the list

Step 2:

Click on “Device Manager” (subheading “Control Panel”) to start the device manager.

Step 3:

Click on “Display adapters” and inspect what is expanded below it. The make and model of your graphics card will often be given here.

display adapters

Step 4:

Visit the manufacturer’s website and look for “downloads” or “drivers” or “support.”

Step 5:

Download the latest driver for your graphics card.

Step 6:

Install the driver by double-clicking on the driver file downloaded. Follow all instructions given during the driver install. This should remove the Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered Error

If your installation fails read how to fix it here.

Fix #6: Your Graphics Card Hardware may be Failing

It does happen. A failing graphics card is not surprising since they often run at high temperatures and “crunches” an amazing amount of numbers during normal operation. A Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered Error message may indicate a burnout card. In this situation, you may have no choice but to replace your graphics card or upgrade to a new graphics card.

Hopefully, after reading this article, you have a better idea of what has caused your Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered error message and how to fix it. If you still need help, drop us a comment below!

James Masterson
Meet the author

James is a software engineer and an information architect with keen attention to detail. He focuses on data-driven decisions, making sure that all decisions are backed up by reliable facts. His key interests include enhancing find-ability and usability of our content related to Windows 10; troubleshooting errors; and tech news. Robert is also enthusiastic about structured data, which he believes will help the world make better sense of their information in the digital age.