Updated: December 11, 2007 at
Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 can detect when the graphics hardware or device driver take longer than expected to complete an operation. When this happens, Windows attempts to preempt the operation, and restore the display system to a usable state
by resetting the graphics adapter. Typically, the only noticeable effect from this is a flicker of the display due to the reset and subsequent screen redraw.
This event can be triggered for one or more of the following reasons:
Increase the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) processing time by adjusting the Timeout Detection and Recovery registry value
Timeout Detection and Recovery is a Windows feature that can detect when video adapter hardware or a driver on your PC has taken longer than expected to complete an operation. When this happens, Windows attempts to recover and reset the graphics hardware.
If the GPU is unable to recover and reset the graphics hardware in the time permitted (2 seconds), your system may become unresponsive, and display the error “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered.”
Giving the Timeout Detection and Recovery feature more time to complete this operation by adjusting the registry value, may resolve this issue.
Install the latest updates
You might need to set Windows Update to automatically download and install recommended updates. Installing any important, recommended, and optional updates can update system features and other software that might help to fix your hardware problems.
To update to the latest display driver for your graphics hardware using Windows Update, click the link specific to your version of Windows and follow the steps in the that article:
Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly in Windows Vista
Investigate possible issues with visual effects or background programs
Having multiple programs, browser windows, or email messages open at the same time can use up memory, and cause performance issues. Try closing any programs and windows that you are not using.
You can also adjust your PC for better performance by disabling some of the visual effects. Here’s how to adjust all visual effects for best performance: