Display driver stopped responding and has recovered


Junior Member
Dec 28, 2015
I had my motherboard replaced by a local technician about 2 weeks ago. 4 days ago, I got the following message:

Display driver stopped responding and has recovered
Display driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 326.60 stopped responding and has successfully recovered

Didn't happen again. I have Dell XPS 8500. The original specs say "NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 1GB GDDR 5 for Win 8." I went to Device Manager to see if that's what's installed and indeed it is.

Googled to see what this message could mean. Says too many screens open or congestion. But many other possible causes. Is this something I need to worry about? I plan on having another computer fixed by this guy but before I commit, I wanna make sure there won't be any long-term problems with this. Should I reinstall drivers? Should I be concerned here?


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Super Moderator
Dec 21, 2010
This is Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR). You might, for starters, want to try a different or more current version of drivers, as those are pretty aged.


Diamond Member
Mar 25, 2010
I suffer daily from TDR issues. If I had to guess, it has to be a combination of software. My GF has yet to experience the TDR issues using my old 780 Lightning on her rig like I did when I owned it (reason she even had it before I got my 980 Ti was because I couldn't resolve the issue.)

She also only uses MSI AB. Where as I use MSI AB, Corsair Link, AIDA64, and the LCD software to push that info to a designated tablet screen.