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Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding [SOLVED]

If you’re facing screen flickers and display becoming dotted, then the display suddenly stopped saying “Windows Kernal Mode Driver Crash” then you’re at the right place as today we will discuss how to fix the issue. Now when you open Event Viewer to further investigate the issue you see an entry with the description “Display driver nvlddmkm stopped responding and has successfully recovered”, but the problem doesn’t seem to go away as it keeps on coming back.

Fix Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding error

The main issue for NVIDIA kernel-mode driver crash seems to be an outdated or corrupted driver which is conflicting with Windows and causing this whole issue. Sometime incorrupt configuration of Windows Visual Settings or Graphic Card Settings can also cause this error. So without wasting any time let’s see how actually to Fix Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding.

Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding [SOLVED]

Make sure to create a restore point, just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Reinstall NVIDIA Drivers

1. Download Display Driver Uninstaller from this link.

2. Boot your PC into Safe Mode using any of the listed methods.

3. Double-click on the .exe file to run the application and select NVIDIA.

4. Click on Clean and Restart button.

Use Display Driver Uninstaller to uninstall NVIDIA Drivers | Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding [SOLVED]

5. Once the computer restarts, open chrome and visit the NVIDIA website.

6. Select your product type, series, product and operating system to download the latest available drivers for your Graphic Card.

NVIDIA driver downloads

7. Once you download the setup, launch the installer, select Custom Install and then select Clean install.

Select Custom during NVIDIA installation

8. Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding error.

9. If the issue still occurs, remove the drivers following the above method and download older drivers from the NVIDIA website and see if this works.

Method 2: Disable Windows Visual Enhancements

1. Press Windows key + R then type sysdm.cpl and hit Enter to open System Properties.

system properties sysdm

2. Switch to the Advanced tab and under Performance click Settings.

advanced system settings

3. Make sure to checkmark “Adjust for best performance.

Select Adjust for best performance under Performance Options

4. Now, under the list, everything will get unchecked, so you need to manually checkmark the following which items are mandatory:

Smooth edges of screen fonts
Smooth-scroll list boxes
Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop

checkmark smooth edges of scree fonts, smooth-scroll list boxes | Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding [SOLVED]

5. Click Apply, followed by OK.

6. Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding error.

Method 3: Set PhysX configuration

1. Right-click on the desktop in an empty area and select the NVIDIA control panel.

Right-click on the desktop in an empty area and select the NVIDIA control panel

2. Then expand 3D Settings and then click on Set PhysX configuration.

3. From PhysX Settings drop-down, select your Graphics Card instead of Auto-select.

From PhysX Settings drop-down select your Graphic Card instead of Auto-select.

4. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 4: Turn off Vertical Sync

1. Right-click on the desktop in an empty area and select the NVIDIA control panel.

2. Then expand 3D Settings and then click on Manage 3D settings.

3. Now under “I would like to use the following 3D settings” find Vertical sync settings.

Disable Vertical Sync under Manage 3D Settings

4. Click on it and select “Off” or “Force Off” to disable Vertical Sync.

5. Restart your PC to save changes.

Method 5: Registry Fix

1. Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit | Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding [SOLVED]

2. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers

3. Right-click on GraphicsDrivers and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.

Right-click on GraphicsDrivers and select New > DWORD (32-bit) value

4. Name this DWORD as TdrDelay then double-click on it and change it’s value to 8.

Enter 8 as a value in TdrDelay key

5. Click OK, and this will now allow the GPU 8 seconds to respond instead of the default 2 seconds.

6. Reboot your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully Fix Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding error but if you still have any queries regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

9 thoughts on “Nvidia Kernel Mode Driver has stopped responding [SOLVED]”

  1. This fix is not working, why does everbody think it does?!

    Hey,
    i´ve had problems with some games keep freezing,
    crashing back to windows from emulators like cemu,
    Doom wouldn´t run (yeah,yeah i´ve tried Vulkan)
    Raiden IV stuttered and crashed to complete system freeze.

    Here is what couldn´t fix it:
    – Reinstalling Windows (7/10)
    – tested many old and new Graphics Drivers
    – got me new RAM
    – got me a new mainboard.

    NUFFIN could fix it, but then…..

    Hit “windows key + R” , type “msconfig”, click the “START” thingy at the top, click on “advanced options”, activate “Number of processors” and set it to the amount of physical cores your CPU has, save settings, restart your computer, now it should be fixed.

    1. Sounds like your GPU itself is starting to die. This fix is based on drivers going bad and re installing them. You already replaced the motherboard. So next is GPU.

  2. none of the fixes work on my NEW MSI Gaming GeForce GT 710 2GB GDRR3 64-bit in Win-7 – that card is just junk – my GT 610 worked just fine, so i’m re-installing it

  3. Another fix for those that have tried everything!

    Open Internet Explorer > Click Options Cog > Internet Options > Advanced > Activate box labeled “use software rendering instead of GPU”

    This can be the issue even if you NEVER use Internet Explorer. Finally fixed this issue for me after years of problems so I’m trying to spread the solution that worked for me.

  4. I have been suffering with my GT 540m I can’t play any game.
    Anytime I launch a game and start playing after some time everything with just freeze and back to deckop then I will see the nvidia kernel driver has stopped
    Please those of you that have succeeded in solving canyiu help me cause all this options haven’t work for me.

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