Windows Display Blacks-out

Your PC may temporarily hang or become unresponsive, and you receive the following error message: Display driver stopped responding and has recovered

This behavior can occur for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You may need to install the latest updates for your display driver
  • Visual effects, or too many programs running in the background may be slowing your PC down
  • The GPU is taking more time than permitted to display graphics to your monitor

Note: If you are using an older video card, there may not be a video driver that is fully compatible with your version of Windows.

Increase the GPU processing time by adjusting the Timeout Detection and Recovery registry value

  1. Exit all Windows based programs.
  2. Click Start, type regedit in the Search box, and then double-click regedit.exe from the results above. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Browse to and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers
  4. On the Edit menu, click New, and then select the following registry value from the drop-down menu specific to your version of Windows (32 bit, or 64 bit):
    • For 32 bit Windows
      • Select DWORD (32-bit) value.
      • Type TdrDelay as the Name and click Enter.
      • Double-click TdrDelay and add 8 for the Value data and click OK.
    • For 64 bit Windows
      • Select QWORD (64-bit) value.
      • Type TdrDelay as the Name and click Enter.
      • Double-click TdrDelay and add 8 for the Value data and clickOK.
  5. Close the registry editor and then restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Other options

Install the latest updates

Or …

Investigate possible issues with visual effects or background programs

Having multiple programs, browser windows, or email messages open at the same time can use up memory, and cause performance issues. Try closing any programs and windows that you are not using.

You can also adjust your PC for better performance by disabling some of the visual effects. Here’s how to adjust all visual effects for best performance:

  1. Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type Performance Information and Tools, and then, in the list of results, click Performance Information and Tools.
  2. Click Adjust visual effects, if you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Click the Visual Effects tab, click Adjust for best performance, and then click OK.

Note: For a less drastic option, select Let “Windows choose what’s best for my computer”.

Last modified:: 2016/03/19 16:03