The video adapter stopped responding and was restored: what to do?
Quite often, many avid gamers are faced with the problem that the operating system, after the abnormal completion of the launch of a game, gives a message that the video adapter has stopped responding and has been restored. With what it is connected specifically, almost no one knows, because the reasons for this phenomenon can be very much. However, as you can see, the error of the fact that the video adapter stopped responding and was restored (NVIDIA, AMD) is most often found in Windows 7 operating systems.
Unfortunately, the graphics are not the strongest side of this OS. However, it is possible to get rid of such an affliction in several ways, based on what caused the failure. Not all of these techniques are simple. Some of them will require intervention in the system settings, in particular in the registry, which is fraught with unpredictable consequences if you enter incorrect parameters in the editor.
Error "Video adapter stopped responding and was restored": the essence of the problem
As a rule, such a problem arises precisely for gamers who try a new game in action at their terminal. For some reason, it is believed that the error with the message that the video adapter stopped responding and was restored, WoT (World Of Tanks) can be provoked even at the first launch. This is not true.
The game recognizes the video driver accessing the graphics adapter, but the conflict occurs at the operating system level. "Seven", no matter how good it may be, with all its charms it may not adequately respond to the games themselves or the network clients being launched. It is then that the “meeting” of the graphic card occurs with the issuance of a notification that the video adapter has stopped responding and has been successfully restored. Good - if successful. But in fact, in earlier versions of XP, such failures in general led to the appearance of a “death screen”, which put many (and puts) at a standstill.
No need to rush everything to write off exactly the installed drivers or control programs. The latter, by the way, for discrete video cards, even with “reasonable” overclocking, the adapter will never allow exceeding any established standards,parameters or characteristics, which may cause failure, for example, with a message to the user that the AMD video adapter has stopped responding and has been restored.
The Catalyst application in life will not allow this. The same can be said about programs like PhysX or RIVA Tuner.
Video adapter stopped responding and was restored (Windows 7, NVIDIA, AMD): driver issues
Of course, the drivers in the appearance of this error play, if not paramount, then at least one of the main roles. But even here, as it turns out, the medal has two sides.
The essence of the problem itself is that the system can not perceive either completely outdated, or (oddly enough it sounds) too new drivers for which it is simply not physically prepared. Therefore, even when updating control programs, you should select the driver that is currently relevant for a particular graphics chip, and not install all updates in a row.
You can find out which graphics adapter is installed in the system through its VEN and DEV characteristics, which can be viewed in the “Device Manager” by going to the information tab and selecting the equipment ID line from the dropdown menu.Only from this data and you need to look for the driver on the manufacturer's website.
Completion of programs
Often the problem that the system notifies the user that the NVIDIA video adapter has stopped responding and has been restored can be trivially related to the fact that the system simultaneously runs several processes that use the capabilities of the video card to the maximum.
In this case, the most logical solution is to complete all running processes. Some of them, even after closing the main applet of the program, can run in the background, and therefore you will have to log into the Task Manager and to start at least stop all services and applications that are using the video adapter to some degree or another (players, updates, active ActiveX elements in the browser, etc.).
But that's not all. The fact is that the message that the video adapter stopped responding and was restored may also appear if various update services (for example, Driver Booster) are started on the computer in the joint launch section with the operating system. On the one hand, it seems to be good that the program is trying to update both the drivers and itself.On the other hand, all these driver updates cause the situation described above when the system itself is not ready to integrate new control programs into its own environment.
Thus, from the automatic download of applications and services in the simplest case, all this should be excluded. If this option does not work, you will have to use access to the management section of these services (services.msc) or to configure group policies (gpedit.msc), in which you will need to either stop processes or set a ban on starting in automatic mode.
What if the problem is in DirectX?
Unfortunately, on outdated systems like XP, the appearance of a message stating that the video adapter stopped responding and was restored can be found only because the DirectX platform has not been updated.
If someone else is using this operating system, they should clearly understand that the latest versions of the DirectX platform are not supported in it. However, in versions 7 and above, the installation of the most recent versions, alas, must be done manually. In addition, some old games, requiring the presence of DirectX 9 on the computer, install the ninth version dynamic libraries on top of a more recent one, which leads to failures with notifications like "The video adapter stopped responding and was restored" (Windows 7).
What to do in this situation? Simply update the entire platform by downloading the distribution package from the official Microsoft resource in the downloads section. It can be even simpler to download a special web applet applet that first loads the necessary content, installs a new modification of the DirectX platform, and at the end of the process removes all temporary and unnecessary files from the hard disk of the user's computer.
Do not forget that many games require this component in the Windows system of any modification and assembly without fail. Without this bridge and the game does not work. Another thing is that the game installers themselves sometimes replace the original files of the latest version of DirectX. Here comes the real problem.
Setting Registry Entries
Now begins the most difficult. For many users, working with the registry is presented as something like death. This is correct, because, having made changes, it is sometimes possible, as they say, to “kill” the entire system. However, if you approach this problem intelligently, nothing terrible will happen.
The first thing to do is to call the editor.This is done in the simplest version by the regedit command in the Run console from the Start menu. Immediately note that this technique is suitable for all graphics chips without exception.
In the HKLM branch tree, you need to get to the GraphicDrivers directory through the SYSTEM and CurrentControlSet sections. Now, through the PCM menu, you need to create a DWORD parameter (32 or 64 bits, respectively, of the system architecture), name it TdrDelay, open for editing with a double click and set the value to 8.
But even these methods may not work, and the notification that the video adapter has stopped responding and has been restored may appear even because the installed browser has a missing Adobe extension (or Macromedia Flash) for installed browsers. .
This problem is usually found in Google Chrome, where you need to switch the use of players (you need to give preference to the one that is based on HTML5).
Sometimes there may be problems related to the BIOS of the video card itself (in this case, a message stating that the video adapter stopped responding and was restored, may also appear). What to do? Download the latest current firmware version (firmware), and then integrate it into the system.The process, in general, is simple, but requires attention.
Finally, to avoid this kind of failures in the future, you can simply turn off all the visual effects in the system. Such an operation is available in the performance section. In turn, this will reduce the load on the graphics processor, and perhaps the error will cease to appear.
It remains to add that in this matter the topics of restoring the performance of the graphics adapter using WDDM were not addressed, since this procedure requires some basic knowledge in this area.
If nothing at all from the above does not help, you can try to restore the system by rolling back to the point where there were no such problems. In the extreme case, you will have to reinstall the system entirely, but, I think, this should not be the case for any outcome.
However, the same seventh Windows (especially in the light of the latest updates supposedly patching security holes and counteracting the sensational WannaCry virus) does not guarantee the restoration of the normal operation of the graphics adapter and, by the way, does not give itself.Exit - reinstall or move to a higher level OS. At least in Windows 10, despite all its seeming “dampness”, such a problem was not noticed.