Sometimes our incredibly complex computers can run into problems related to the coordination of internal tasks. This error can occur when Windows believes that your graphics card (or its driver) has taken too much time to do its job.
More technically, Microsoft Support 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.
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)
Right Click on Each Underlined Icon
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.
Realistic games can make heavy demands on your graphics card. 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.
You can also try disabling some of the Windows visual effects to reduce the demands on your graphics card:
Click Start. Then click Settings.
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.
Click on the Visual Effects Tab
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.
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.
Exit all Windows applications.
Click on Start and look for the “Search” box:
Enter regedit in the Search box. A search will be performed as you type.
Find regedit.exe in the search results and Double-Click on it to bring up the Registry Editor:
Find the Graphics Drivers registry subkey by clicking down the path given below:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers:
While GraphicsDrivers is highlighted (as shown), Click on the Edit menu and then on New.
Click on the correct choice (for your operating system) in the drop-down menu, as follows:
For 32 Bit Windows
For 64 Bit Windows
Double-click on the new “TdrDelay” entry and choose Modify to bring up the edit box:
Close RegEdit and restart your computer.
Update your display driver to the latest version
Determine the manufacturer of your graphics card and the model number.
Click on Start and type “Device Manager” into the search box:
Click on “Device Manager” (subheading “Control Panel”) to start the device manager.
Click on “display adapters” and inspect what is expanded below it. The make and model of your graphics card will often be given here.
Visit the manufacturer’s website and look for “downloads” or “drivers” or “support.”
Download the latest driver for your graphics card.
Install the driver by double-clicking on the driver file downloaded. Follow all instructions given during the driver install.
If your installation fails read how to fix it here.
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. You may have no choice but to replace your graphics card or upgrade to a new graphics card.