Today, I’ve encountered another common error many of you on Windows 10 already know: Display Driver Stopped Responding. The fix is surprisingly easy.
What Is Causing This Error?
This error is caused by a variety of issues. Whenever your card runs out of memory or is overloaded this crash can occur. So if you are overclocking your card and encounter this error, one common fix would be to lower the clock rate. However, there are many other reasons, including outdated graphic card drivers that no longer work properly on Windows 10! Let’s take a closer look.
Method 1: Updating Your Graphic Card Drivers: Radeon Driver Crimson Edition
The most reliable way to fix this the display driver is, surprise, surprise, updating it.
AMD has recently released a new driver called Crimson. Crimson is a successor to the Catalyst control panel.
1. Step Open the Catalyst control center in your system tray (right-click on the red dotted icon) and check for updates (INFORMATION ->SOFTWARE UPDATE -> CHECK FOR UPDATES NOW)
The installer also looks quite different:
You will be asked to confirm the installation of the device software:
Please note that your screen will temporarily turn off and then on again. Nothing to worry about.
Method 2 (Optional): Onboard Graphic Card? Try A PCI Card Or Vice-Versa
If your card occassionally stops responding try another card temporarily.
1. Step If you are currently using an onboard graphic card or an APU (CPU with integrated graphic chip) you may want to consider switching to a PCIe graphic card. APU’s and onboard graphic cards are known to be rather instable. Especially motherboards are very sensitive and ports can quickly lose functionality through surcharges or similar things.
2. Step If you are currently using a PCIe card, try the onboard card or your APU (AMD socket FM2+ supports APUs)
Method 3: Try A Different Windows 10 Account
Create a new user account in Windows 10 and install a fresh set of graphic card drivers. Possibly there are programs in your other Windows 10 account that are interfering with the graphic card driver. This is rare and should be considered a last resort but can possibly fix the error.
Method 4: Remove Any Overclock Settings
If you are overclocking the card, lower the core and memory clocks. This is one of the most common causes of this error.
There are other things you should consider trying, like fully removing the device from the device manager and installing the default graphic card drivers to see whether the default configuration is also giving you the error “has stopped responding”.