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September 20, 2009 4:01:33 AM

Display driver has stopped responding and has recovered. Need help with this problem. In every game except counterstrike, the game will checker all over my screen with purple/multi colored checkers, then the game will freeze, turn black for about 10 seconds, then come back, and keep repeating till i get frustrated and just exit... i cannot play any games except cs withou this problem occurring many a time. Tried multiple system re formats. Tried many different/up to date display AND mainboard drivers, as well as tried playing games in and out of sli mode, with restart. Cooling is NOT an issue, plenty of fans n temps are fine. Here are my system specs:

Intel Core 2 Quad Processor overclocked @ 3.0 ghz (fsb @ 1333) w/zalman aftermarket cooling fan
evga nforce n75oi sli ftw mainboard
4x 1 GB ocz ram dual channel
seagate 160 gb 7200 rpm hdd w/serial ata connect
2x geforce 9800 gt (pci express x16) ...can the sli bridge on top of the cards be installed backwards? jw...
microsoft windows vista home premium 32 bit with ALL updates for all hardware SP2+
a b Î Nvidia
September 20, 2009 4:47:04 AM

Have you tried each card separately (and in the other physically removed)? I couldn't tell from your post. Also, run memtest and prime95 just to ensure the rest of the system is good. And finally, what is your power supply? Symptoms could be from lack of power.
September 20, 2009 4:57:43 AM

Hi.

This error is due to Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR). It is a feature in windows vista (and 7) designed to restart a crashed video adapter without a hard reset.

Originally it was buggy, and drivers didn't get along with it very well. However, and I know a couple people do not agree with me on this one, it is more or less entirely working now a days assuming you have the latest drivers and updates in your system. Though there are cases I have seen where the issue lied in the bios of the card itself.

What this error is telling you is that the card has crashed. This is generally a hardware problem. It could be brought on by an excess of heat, a bad overclock, something wrong with the card itself, or something wrong with a part feeding the card (MB or Power). If the card is clean, you are sure nothings else in the system is broken, and the cards are not overclocked then the issue is probably with the cards or the motherboard.

This is a specific error (in a way.. it is also painfully general in that it does not tell you the exact issue) as it points directly to the GPU. It is very unlikely the problem is with a part of the system unrelated to the GPU (overclock on the memory or cpu for instance). However, SLI or crossfire adds an extra bit of issue to this as cards that work fine alone may have problems together that would trigger TDR.

You can try a lot of things for this.. you can even turn off TDR in the registry... but more often than not it is related to the cards themselves, though if the issue only crops up in sli it is possible there is something wrong with the mb... but not as likely as the cards simply not behaving.

Despite what the error message states this is notification of a hardware issue. This is not a driver problem.. though it might be a symptom of a bad driver install and wiping+reinstalling drivers is much easier than replacing hardware.
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September 20, 2009 5:02:39 AM

ok. yea i tried running on just one card in the slot, same problem. i didnt try the OTHER card alone tho. i have a 500watt power supply. the cards are not overclocked, just the processor is. ill snoop around some more using these suggestions. also, my memory, ocz platinum 4x 1gb sticks, 400 hz each, is showed as being half used, even at idle with nothing running, is this normal?
September 20, 2009 5:03:57 AM

To add.. given the corruption you see the memory is probably the culprit. The corruption is probably the result of bad video ram (either overheating because the heat sink came loose or just plain broken). The card is more than likely giving out (why you see the corruption) and TDR is bringing the system back to life without the need for a hard reset or BSOD. This can happen over and over and over.. for as long as the card acts up.. even at desktop.. though it is far more likely to occur when the card is heavily taxed.
September 20, 2009 5:05:47 AM

affliictiion said:
ok. yea i tried running on just one card in the slot, same problem. i didnt try the OTHER card alone tho. i have a 500watt power supply. the cards are not overclocked, just the processor is. ill snoop around some more using these suggestions. also, my memory, ocz platinum 4x 1gb sticks, 400 hz each, is showed as being half used, even at idle with nothing running, is this normal?


That is normal. Windows will use a lot of ram if it is there. More often than not that chunk of ram being used is by superfetch and prefetch to speed up file access times, or is simply cached. You can reduce that if you want but there is no real point. The files will be dumped by windows if it needs the ram for more important things.

If it helps, the same TDR issue with ATI cards comes up as "atikmdag.sys has stopped responding...."
September 20, 2009 6:38:46 AM

ok. thank you immensely for the help guys. thanks daedalus685... u seem very well educated on pcs/components.
September 20, 2009 6:51:44 AM

np, good luck with sorting everything out.
October 24, 2009 9:06:49 PM

Hi All,
I have a similar problem with my Toshiba laptop. My laptop uses a "ATI RADEON XPRESS 200M Series " graphics display card. Whenever I watch a video in a smaller screen, I don't see any issue. But, after sometime I make the video full screen, it stops the video playing and displays the message - "Display Driver Stopped Working and has recovered successfully". Can you please let me know if I install the latest display driver from ATI, will it help me solve the problem? Or is there any known way to fix this issue?

Thanks in advance,
Swami.S
November 10, 2009 6:35:48 PM

Hi,
I am also having this problem, same os OP's but I only have a single card and windows 7.

My spec is as follows

Intel i7 860 @2.8GHz
4MB Corsair 1600 ram xms3
2XWD 500GB green SataII HD as raid 0
1XWD 640GB SataII HD
2X LG litescribe SataII DVD+-RW
Asus P55D EVO Motherboard.
Antec NEO 500W PSU
Sapphire ATI Radeon 5770 1GB GDDR5 Memory PCIE GFX
Recommended ATI Drivers
Windows 7 x64

My system is not overclocked at all but I keep getting Screen freezes, mouse locks nad bad graphic corruption, generally I do a ctrl-alt-del ctrl-C and escape to restore display but it is a pain.

My cpu tem is around 20-28C most of the time
According to Catalyst my GPU is 41C
Fan speed 35%
activity 1-5%

This happens when just browsing the web and certainly nothing strenous on the GFX card or CPU
Sapphire recommended I install the lates drivers, this did not work:( 

Has anybody else found a solution or have any ideas what could be causing this?

Cheers
November 10, 2009 8:36:21 PM

Nothing fixed this problem as permanent/right solution. From search, I found one quick workaround for this. But, it may not be recommended if you are used to fascinating GUI of Windows Vista/later. If you are okay to compromise the window color and appearance rather than getting annoyed(like I used to ) when watching an interesting movie or video clip; please modify your theme to "Windows Classic" theme and you can see the problem getting resolved and watch the video without any break. Let me know if this works for you!!

My assumption for this solution: Windows' jazzy theme, color, appearance of the GUI is one of the largest consumer of CPU and memory Usage. If I am right, this switching back the theme to Classic one, reduces the memory usage to larger extent and gives space for the Video Graphics Card's CPU which is running in parallel..!!!

My OS: "Windows Vista Home"

Thanks,
Swami.S

BlokeUK said:
Hi,
I am also having this problem, same os OP's but I only have a single card and windows 7.

My spec is as follows

Intel i7 860 @2.8GHz
4MB Corsair 1600 ram xms3
2XWD 500GB green SataII HD as raid 0
1XWD 640GB SataII HD
2X LG litescribe SataII DVD+-RW
Asus P55D EVO Motherboard.
Antec NEO 500W PSU
Sapphire ATI Radeon 5770 1GB GDDR5 Memory PCIE GFX
Recommended ATI Drivers
Windows 7 x64

My system is not overclocked at all but I keep getting Screen freezes, mouse locks nad bad graphic corruption, generally I do a ctrl-alt-del ctrl-C and escape to restore display but it is a pain.

My cpu tem is around 20-28C most of the time
According to Catalyst my GPU is 41C
Fan speed 35%
activity 1-5%

This happens when just browsing the web and certainly nothing strenous on the GFX card or CPU
Sapphire recommended I install the lates drivers, this did not work:( 

Has anybody else found a solution or have any ideas what could be causing this?

Cheers

November 10, 2009 8:45:14 PM

just my 2 cents. both times when i started getting this "gpu has stopped but has recovered" error, within a month the cards died. happened on a 4 year old x850 and 3.5 year old x700 that came with prebuilt P4 Dell computers.
November 10, 2009 11:42:03 PM

my friend has the same problem on a fairly new ati 4670, I hope the card is not broken.
November 12, 2009 8:17:07 PM

Thanks for all the replies.

I have now been running stable for over 3 hours! (touch wood)

I set my cpu settings to manual and manually set ram and turned of Turbo EVO, even thought his was set at manual anyway and all seems fine, cpu temp running hotter than before 25 - 30c with Firefox and about 80 open tabs and vcore running slightly higher, but I have for the first time experienced a snag free evening, even when running prime 95 64 bit.

I was sure it wasn't cpu or GFX since I was able to run for an entire week on the windows 7 vga drivers without a glitch.

I guess my GFX and mobo don't play nicely together when auto setting on in bios :( 

Googled for some bios setting for P755D EVO but no joy

Hope this helps anyone else
Anonymous
December 12, 2009 3:54:26 AM

Satswami's advice fixed my problem: Change your desktop theme to
"Windows Classic", at least before a high intensity video program or game. Works everytime for me. Thanks!
December 13, 2009 4:03:36 PM

Cheers,
Disabling Asus Control Serivce has fixed my problem and also disabling the Intel Matrix driver.

I have experienced for well over a week now no freezes and one display driver recovery, but this was after coming out of hybrid power saving, which I think I fixed by turning off the option to turn of power to the PCIE-X in power savings.

I have never had it running this stable, playing games, videos and encoding video.

The only oddity I have now is that BIOS and Task manager only think I have 4087MB or installed ram instead of 4096MB, CPU-Z and Memetest 4.00 see full 4096MB of installed ram.

I also have seen posts about disabling the Gigabyte Control Service fixing this problem, I am guessing that Windows 7 control services are conflicting with this?

Oh and I also uninstalled all Turbo EVO, PCProbeII and Asus AI Suite only leaving Asus update installed, not sure if these had any bearing on the problem, as I uninstalled these before disabling ACS.

I am 99% certain ACS is the problem, as I enabled it again and suffered same problems, disabling once more and the problems vanished.

Cheers
Anonymous
December 14, 2009 1:13:58 AM

Been having a similar problem - (Display driver stopped responding but has recovered) Windows 7 64 bit and Sapphire 5770. Games would crash within 20 seconds or so.
Finally solved by removing 1 memory module,leaving just one 2gb module in board. Several days no crashes. I never had any problems with XP and same components.
Is this Win 7 or Ati early drivers at fault,since i know my memory is fine.
January 27, 2010 4:39:31 PM

I have the same issue with my system : q6600, 6 gig of ocz gold, p45 msi neo 3, 650w bfg ps, 2x patriot torqx ssd, bfg gtx280, windows 7 64bit.
I only get this error message once in while only when browsing the web...i never had the issue while gaming : Wow, Aion, ME2...all work flawless.
Video drivers are up to date...
So how to i fix this problem ? (i'm on a fresh install of win 7...btw i never had this with vista 64)
February 2, 2010 12:57:46 AM

I was investigating this problem for a few months while troubleshooting the system below, and researching all the proposed fixes on the internet. It seems the only solution that has worked for anyone (other than underclocking or turning options off) is replacing the video card with one that takes completely different drivers.

Thus, I don't believe that any of these responses are correct. This is a Windows (Vista & 7) problem that effects/corrupts both nVidia and ATI cards/drivers. Work-arounds don't address the cause of the problem.

I've got a customer's system with:
Windows 7 Pro 64bit
P55A-UD3R
i5 750
2X2GB Kingston 1333
Corsair VX450W
Asus GF9500GT
Antec 300
etc.

We set up the system at their home and it ran fine for 2 weeks, then started getting the "display has stopped responding and has recovered" error when they used the scroll on their mouse. I replaced their video card with 2 different brand new identical video cards... both errored. We changed to several different drivers, but none solved the issue. I replaced all hardware except the MB and CPU, but it still errored. I checked BIOS, but everything there was correct and I wasn't about to underclock anything just to solve this.

I took their components back to the shop and put them in another system with Win 7 Pro 64-bit and same drivers. It ran 24/7 for a week with no problems at all. So nothing is wrong with their hardware. I took 2 other vid cards back to their house along with their old one, the other 2 used completely different drivers (nVidia GF7900GTX and an ATI 4850). Both worked fine. Then I uninstalled all drivers, put their original 9500GT and all other components back in and loaded the most current nVidia drivers again. This time no more errors. Their system has been working fine with the original components for 3 weeks now.

So my conclusion: this is a Windows problem with drivers and hardware which can only be fixed by replacing the video card with one requiring completely different drivers. Then you can go back to the original drivers and video card without problems (for who knows how long before they become corrupted again). Something in Windows (Vista & Win 7) is corrupting drivers from both Intel and ATI.

MS needs to get off their butts and resolve this once and for all. Its been going on since Vista was introduced and although the problems seem less frequent, they're still happening.
February 4, 2010 11:24:47 AM

I actually manage to fix my issue has well but for some reason the format/fresh install didn`t seem enough...
I guess this is a work around but for me what did it was turning off the AREO windows effect or what ever you call it because just like dark 41 i did try the gtx 280 in another system with no issues and i did try a 8800gtx in my system with no issues... and fresh install only worked for like few days or few weeks before the problem came back...but turn off your windows areo affect (sorry i know it ain`t areo...but something like that..that makes win 7 look good or vista).

Good luck to all that have this issue !!
TY Dark41 great info
February 19, 2010 4:07:16 PM

i have the same "stopped working but recovered" problem but both with dedicated and integrated card!!!! The difference is when onboard (new 5750) is working system sometimes crashes, and with only integrated (3300) it just pause for a momment and displays this notice.

help?
February 22, 2010 12:30:45 AM

My work around isn't working after all...it restarted !!! can't figured this one out...going back to XP !!! (btw i never had any issue before going to win 7)...
February 22, 2010 12:48:52 AM

I'm really sorry if this has already been mentioned as i didn't read all posts just your original problem. It could be your memory playing up. I once had a very similar problem to yours and it turned out to be my memory going faulty and so corrupting the temporary files created while the drivers are running. Try running some memory tests (memtest) just for the sake of elimination.
February 22, 2010 1:05:34 AM

I'm dealing with a problem that's very similar to what others are describing in this thread.....

The PC is a 2008 HP 9040N desktop, running a 2.40GHz processor with 3GB of Ram. The video card is a NVIDIA PCI Bus slot GeForce 8400GS. The monitor is a HP w2408.

About a week or so ago, I started getting ever-increasing blue screen crashes to the point by 4 days ago, I was unable to even boot up my pc unless I did it in safe mode. After a *lot* of sleuthing, I narrowed the problem down to what appeared to be the NVIDEA drivers for my card, a GeForce 8400 GS that came stock with the pc. I uninstalled the drivers, downloaded the most current ones directly from nVidea's site and for about 4 hours, the problem seemed to be solved. However, I did a restart and the same problem came back, worse than ever. I went to the trouble of opening the case, pulling the card and making sure the fan and card was clean of dust and reinstalled it to no avail. The only way I can view my monitor is using the Windows default monitor settings with the NVIDEA control/drivers disabled. From what I've found on various sites, this is not an isolated problem but fairly widespread.

I'm very close to simply replacing the card with a non-NVIDEA card. However, that's my last resort. Is there a way I can figure out if there's a physical problem with the card? I've run all sorts of diagnostics on my pc and the motherboard and nothing appears to be wrong in that respect. If I need to, what's a good, solid card with a slim profile that will provide me top support for a large LCD where I watch a lot of blu-ray content and decent gaming capabilities?
February 22, 2010 1:07:01 AM

Partyslammer said:
I'm dealing with a problem that's very similar to what others are describing in this thread.....

The PC is a 2008 HP 9040N desktop, running a 2.40GHz processor with 3GB of Ram. The video card is a NVIDIA PCI Bus slot GeForce 8400GS. The monitor is a HP w2408.

About a week or so ago, I started getting ever-increasing blue screen crashes to the point by 4 days ago, I was unable to even boot up my pc unless I did it in safe mode. After a *lot* of sleuthing, I narrowed the problem down to what appeared to be the NVIDEA drivers for my card, a GeForce 8400 GS that came stock with the pc. I uninstalled the drivers, downloaded the most current ones directly from nVidea's site and for about 4 hours, the problem seemed to be solved. However, I did a restart and the same problem came back, worse than ever. I went to the trouble of opening the case, pulling the card and making sure the fan and card was clean of dust and reinstalled it to no avail. The only way I can view my monitor is using the Windows default monitor settings with the NVIDEA control/drivers disabled. From what I've found on various sites, this is not an isolated problem but fairly widespread.

I'm very close to simply replacing the card with a non-NVIDEA card. However, that's my last resort. Is there a way I can figure out if there's a physical problem with the card? I've run all sorts of diagnostics on my pc and the motherboard and nothing appears to be wrong in that respect. If I need to, what's a good, solid card with a slim profile that will provide me top support for a large LCD where I watch a lot of blu-ray content and decent gaming capabilities?



Please see my post just above yours, it might help...
February 25, 2010 11:56:04 PM

Memtest shows no errors. I wiped the HD and did a fresh install of Windows Vista with no positive results - can't even boot up unless I disable the NVIDEA driver or run in safe mode. A friend of mine has the CPU and is running some diagnostics on it over the weekend.

Interestingly, I'm now starting to have very similar blue screen crashes on my Toshiba A355D laptop hooked up to the same HP 2408 monitor. Error message indicates the ATI driver ceases working. Logically, my assumption is the monitor is somehow the problem, but I have no way to figure that out.
February 26, 2010 5:54:05 AM

Well the only way to figure that out is to hook up a computer known to be healthy to the monitor and if it goes funny then you know its the monitor but i somehow doubt it.
February 27, 2010 5:09:32 PM

So I finally pin pointed the problem with my pc crashing was the NVidea (ASUS) GeForce 8400 GS graphics card dying. I have a spare low end ATI card in it now with no problems. Problem is, I want to upgrade to a comparable or hopefully better performing card to the 8400 but my pc's power is 300 watts and most decent video cards use upwards of 450 - 500 watts. I don't know if I want to replace the power supply, and I'm not sure what kind of card I can use under the following limitations/specs that's better than my 8400:

NVidea GeForce 8400 GS - pci express x16 low profile slot
DDR2, Memory clock 600MHz, 512MB Ram, 15 pin VGA and DVI-D output

Any recommendations that will top those specs and work in my tower? Preferably ATI (I'd like to try something other than NVidea)?
March 6, 2010 1:28:20 AM

Just more details...i'm getting the error while gaming only...and my friend with the gtx280 only gets it while web browsing...spoky...
March 18, 2010 11:21:31 AM

My friend with the gtx 280 doesn't have the issue no more (well not for the pass week) but the sad part is that he didn't update anything at all, he didn't update video drivers, didn't change any hardware...nothing...the ghost within is computer just went away...no more display driver stopped for him...just me now with my 5850...
Anonymous
March 19, 2010 2:12:15 PM

Hi all,

For a year or more now, my desktop PC has had this problem. Upon boot and start of Windows (Vista), I get a popup about my graphics card driver nvlddmkm.sys stopped responding or had a fatal error, and has restarted. This happens over and over and over, making doing anything on the machine virtually impossible. I've just been using my laptop ever since, but I'd like to fix this somehow so I can set up a home office.

I googled the error and found so many results. It's like this problem is so rampant that there's so much info out there, I don't even know where to look. There's even a http://www.nvlddmkm.com/ with no consensus on a fix, just basically people posting their own individual fixes. It's like a case of so much information, you don't know which is the one to go with.

The one google result link I did click led me here. I read the third post from daedalus685, who said that this is a result of the graphics card crashing altogether, although it also might be possible there's something wrong with the motherboard, but more likely the graphics card needs replacing.

So do I just need a new graphics card? If so, what graphics card should I get (see below) - an exact replacement or something I could upgrade to at the same time? Or can it be fixed a different way?

Here are my PC details (model numbers on the parts I found):
Motherboard: GA-8N-SLI (it's a dual graphics card board, I only have one plugged in though. It is in the one labeled "Normal Mode" and not the "SLI Mode" slot.)
Graphics port: GC-SLISW-C19 (this is written between the two graphics card slots).
Graphics card in use: e-GeForce 7300GT 512Mb DDR

Thank you for any information you can provide!
March 19, 2010 9:16:06 PM

You might have to trouble shoot yourself by call nvidia and or microsoft windows since this is most likely the cause of all this. In other words this could be so manythings from hardware to software...to see if its hardware i would suggest to do a slow format on that hard drive and reinstall windows from scratch (if you don't mind losing all your data... if not then do a back up first) After a fresh intall if you are still getting that error it would strongly indicate a hardware issue and that would be hard to know if its your videocard (most likely) or maybe your motherboard and or powersupply (that might give up anytime). To get another 7300 or something like it (even if new like a 210 from nvidia or a 5350 from ati) would be cheap (like 50$)
Other then that good luck since i've read alot and no one has the same way to fix the same problem...so sad.
Good luck.

btw i manage to get ride of that issue by formatting my hard drive (i didn't have to replace any hardware).
Anonymous
March 29, 2010 12:16:21 PM

I had the same problem with my GT220 card. The problem was being caused by Internet Explorer.

I installed Google Chrome as my web browser and the problem disappeared.
March 29, 2010 7:50:10 PM

TY Zobdonkle that would make perfect sense for my friend (witch it only happen while browsing) and for me with eyefinity it`s probably something complety different.

Still your answer about the web browser makes lots of sense !
April 2, 2010 12:58:35 AM

Quote:
Hi all,

For a year or more now, my desktop PC has had this problem. Upon boot and start of Windows (Vista), I get a popup about my graphics card driver nvlddmkm.sys stopped responding or had a fatal error, and has restarted. This happens over and over and over, making doing anything on the machine virtually impossible. I've just been using my laptop ever since, but I'd like to fix this somehow so I can set up a home office.

I googled the error and found so many results. It's like this problem is so rampant that there's so much info out there, I don't even know where to look. There's even a http://www.nvlddmkm.com/ with no consensus on a fix, just basically people posting their own individual fixes. It's like a case of so much information, you don't know which is the one to go with.



In fact, I think this is a software problem that Microsoft and the video card makers don't want to own up to. There is not that much bad hardware out there to cause such a rampant array of messages.

A class action lawsuit may be required to get this problem solved. The IT vendors are selling known defective products en masse.
April 23, 2010 1:52:44 PM

I hope I'm not reviving a dead thread but I just accidentally stumbled upon it. I'm having the same issue with my mobilty radeon 3650. I get screen corruption with colourful squares and then the message "atikmdag.sys has stopped responding and successfully recovered" pops out. I'm using win 7 32-bit, but the same thing happened on 32 bit Vista.

It never happened when I was playing games. Only when I was surfing in Chrome or Internet explorer (didnt test other browsers), and when I'm reading pdfs in adobe reader or working in autodesk 3ds max or autocad.

And it happens very random sometimes no problem for 10 days and sometime I get 3 errors in one day and I still haven't discovered whats the problem.
Memtest and scandisk didnt return any error and temperatures are also OK so if someone comes up with a solution please share it.
April 30, 2010 1:45:49 PM

Earlier in the morning I had problems installing win7, now I have this NVidia windows kernal mode driver playing up. I do not think it's the hardware as I dual boot and no problems with XP. Once I get this fault the system hangs at "Starting windows" and the four stoopid flying squares just stops. At wits end what to do. No wonder a lot of people are upset with MS.
April 30, 2010 1:52:06 PM

Just to add a ittle more. This last episode started when I tried to install a canon bubblejet printer. Not loading the cpu playing games or even multi tasking. what a load of c.!!!p. Bought a 3 license pack and 2 more licenses to go..
June 11, 2010 2:25:37 PM

This is clearly a Microsoft problem.

If you Google all the "video stopped responding errors and has recovered" you will see one underlying theme...Microsoft software.

I have read where every kind of laptop and desktop model with both ATI & Nvidia standalone cards and integrated chipsets (even some Intel GPU's) are having this problem.

I have read of people with this problem in Vista, Win 7 (32 bit & 64 bit versions) and even in XP from over 2 years ago.

There are no fixes even though people post that they have fixed their problem, they have not....they have just worked around the issue.

The work-arounds all involve lowering resolution, features (disabling Aero/Flash/3D games), installing older/newer drivers, replacing one video card for another and even reformatting and reinstalling op systems.

I have seen where someone in a forum posted that they replaced their ATI card with an Nvidia card and their problem was solved. Two posts below theirs was someone else posting the EXACT opposite.

It is ridiculous.
What works for one person doesn't always work for another.

Microsoft has to research this and determine the universal cause.

If the flashing screen and popup saying it has "recovered the error" is the best they can do, they at least need to make it work quicker, quitely and silently in the background.
Anonymous
June 14, 2010 9:59:29 PM

My system: Q9550, 4gb ddr2 1066, DFI MB, GTX280oc....

After I added new ram I began to experience this inraging problem. My conclusion, is maybe it is an Intel Chipset problem. Seems like everyone having this problem is running an Intel CPU. I can usually play games with no problems, but Video playback is give or take. Also, I did notice that with one piece of OCZ 1066 ram in, the screen will "tear" and "pixel out" even on BIOs bootup. I am pretty much at wits end.
Anonymous
June 17, 2010 4:50:01 PM

Hello! I`m having the same problem here but only when i`m playing Bioshock (1). I`m running Windows 7 32 bit on AMD CPU. I`ve read somewhere on the internet that this is caused by a specific microsoft update and come to think of it I`ve updated my windows a couple of days ago for the first time ever since I installed this version. Then I installed Bioshock and played for a day without any problems and after the second day the game started crashing and the annoyng msg started showinng up. I play a lot of games and nothing like this ever happend before this update. Do any of you recall updating your windows before the problem started showing up?
June 29, 2010 3:59:16 PM

My problems got worse after I installed Adobe CS5 Production premium, which is supposed to work seamlessly with my card NVIDIA Quatro FX 3800. I used to have problems occasionally with display driver "stopped responding and recovered" while moving folders on the screen, and sometimes when doing video editing. Disabling Windows Aero effects never helped. But now with CS5 I cannot even open Photoshop and do something simple, like select an area of an image. Not only the driver crashes but it now brings the whole Adobe software down with it. And the problem seem to start and spread only after 1 day of using the Adobe CS5. At the beginning it seemed like the "stopped and recovered" problem was no worse than before. Now it is a total nightmare.
Intel i7, RAID5, Caviar Black hard drives, 6G of DDR-3 RAM, NVIDIA Quatro FX 3800
July 7, 2010 10:54:01 AM

DANG!

I got this problem now!
It started appearing 2 weeks ago. Before that I never had this problem.
I had started playing Dragon Age origins:Awakening.
The game startsup, I play little, sometimes when all the spells are going around the game would shut down.
I thought it must be a bug with the Expansion. It kept happening randomly every 15-20 minutes in the game
I kept on playing till the end where I had to kill the "Mother" boss.
This bug screwed my end game I was just not able to kill her. Just When the fight starts up all the spells go on her the game hangs and shuts down.
Kept trying trying till 30 mins.
Solution: I dint use any spells, got the 2 characters to die. Fought all the damn creatures and the boss one to many.
My warrior killed one each at a time, i must have consumed a 100 health potions.

Then I went on to other game Assassins creed, and same story.
The same glitch started appearing in all the games even in my beloved NFS most wanted.

Problem is there in both XP and Windows 7.

Do you think my GPU is dying out. Coz its been 2 years with my gpu and this never happened before.
Have tried everying.

1. Clean install
2. TDR reg settings
3. Removing DDR mem from 1 slot.
4. Bios update.
5. Underclocking/Overclocking

:cry: 
Should I get another GPU??
July 8, 2010 5:04:13 PM

It's your OZC ram. The stuff is terrible. Doesn't run at advertised speeds. You can test it with a memtest CD. Almost all linux live distros have it as a choice in the boot menu.

Buy new ram and the problem will go away. I recommend corsair or gskill.
July 26, 2010 7:52:32 AM

RAM is the problem! And Princjj is spot on with OCZ. My system cpu q9550 280GTX 4x2G OCZ, this problem started after I installed my last 4gb OCZ in late Feburary '10. For months I have been experiencing "screen tears","pixelating" and "bsod". Now in late July, the problem has gotten so bad, that only one stick will work 50% of the time. OCZ Reaper 1066 is total garbage.

So please, will anyone with this "GPU stopped responding" issue. Remove all but one stick of ram, and test your system.
July 26, 2010 1:25:36 PM

Someone suggested installing a different card, then re-installing the original. Didn't work for me. ended up switching from Quadro FX3800 to GeForce GTX480. SO far so good. Anyone wants my FX3800 card? :) 
July 29, 2010 12:51:40 AM

I have a Sapphire 5850, Intel E8400 CPU. 4 gigs ram. And I also am getting this stupid error. My problem started a week ago. I installed the new Catalyst 10.7 driver. Then I had a "display driver stopped responding" followed by BSOD and the system rebooting to recover. But, having my system for about 2 years now and never had this issue before. I had my card for about 4 months now. aHad a nvidia 9800 GTX before that and don't think I had this issue. Games run fine. But this happens when there is a streaming video. Which is also wierd.
July 29, 2010 7:54:00 AM

I have a Sapphire 5870, AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, Geil Black Dragon 4GB and a Seasonic M12D 850W. I have exactly the same problem...
The only thing that worked for me is playing in windowed mode on max resolution. When I put my resolution lower it crashes instantly, when I go full screen it also crashes within a minute.

I hope this help :ange: 
Anonymous
July 29, 2010 10:19:38 PM

I think I am having the same problem. It happens a lot in WoW and WaR, where I will get crazy artifact and graphical glitches. With those I can just alt-tab, and when I come back they are gone.

Other games, Civ IV, Empire: Total War, AvP, and now SC2, the graphics just go crazy and locks up.



That is from AvP, but it looks pretty much the same for all the others.

I'm running XP
Intel Core Duo 2.66
2GB RAM

and just put in a GeForce 9800.

The weird thing is that some games work fine. I can play Bad Company 2 all day long with no problems, for example.
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July 29, 2010 10:50:14 PM

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