Team Fortress 2
FlamingDeath Jan 23, 2013 @ 10:51am
Display driver stopped responding and has recovered
Display Driver NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version (insert version here) stopped responding and has successfully recovered.

This happens on Team Fortress 2 and no other game, I repeat, NO OTHER GAME
The game does not recover and I am forced to end task and reload!

I have tried all of the ridiculous fixes that people have suggested and yet the one thing that remains obvious to me, this only ever happens on TF2...

Sort it out Valve, I am fed up with this ♥♥♥♥
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Not using Nvidia myself, but I've seen this thread on the other steam forums were people are reporting with simillair problems. It might help you to understand the problem.

Last post is from a Nvidia employee about this issue.
Last edited by ᚜ ᐯ₳℟ ᚛ ツ; Jan 23, 2013 @ 11:16am
crabislav Mar 2, 2013 @ 10:29am 
Exactly the same problem
Geforce GTX280 here
Last edited by crabislav; Mar 2, 2013 @ 10:43am
Balblair Mar 2, 2013 @ 10:41am 
Same thing. Nvidia GeForce 320.
Last edited by Balblair; Mar 2, 2013 @ 10:42am
crabislav Mar 2, 2013 @ 11:18am 
I'm currently trying this out:
1.Go to the cfg TF2 folder (C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\[your username]\team fortress 2\tf\cfg)
2.Open autoexec.cfg.
3.If there is no autoexec.cfg then right click anywhere in the blank space -> New -> Text Document
4.Open the new text document, click on File, Save As, then at the bottom where it says Save As Type change it to All Files (*.*). For the file name type in autoexec.cfg
6.Copy and paste the follow into the autoexec.cfg file:
alias res_sw "res_low"
alias res_low "mat_setvideomode 1024 768 0; alias res_sw res_normal"
alias res_normal "mat_setvideomode 1280 1024 0; alias res_sw res_low"
bind "o" "res_sw"

Whenever the nvidia driver crashes press the o button to be able to see TF2 again.
Long Ago [Linux] Mar 13, 2013 @ 9:12pm 
Your video card may be failing. I had cheap Chinese (Galaxie) GT 430 and just after its 1 yr warranty ran out I started getting that error in Win7 regardless of different nvidia drivers. In Linux I would randomly get a lack of keyboard or mouse click response, even though mouse cursor would usually still move. Eventually it happened more frequently.

I replaced it with EVGA GTX 550 Ti with 3 year warranty. No more problems in Win7 or Linux (both are 64-bit).
Hmm. I had this problem with Windows XP. Moved to 7 and it went away. GTX 9800+ and now a GTX 560.
Dagger May 19, 2013 @ 12:31am 
hey guys,
Even though it is a video card problem, its actually the sound driver on the motherboard.
Try putting down the quality of your audio in the audio options tab..
Worked for me.

i got a GTX9800
Last edited by Dagger; May 19, 2013 @ 12:32am
Bleezip May 19, 2013 @ 12:07pm 
I just had this issue yesterday - it was odd.
Dagger May 20, 2013 @ 1:42am 
dont necro, are you freaking kiding me -not so- SomeWittyUsername.. its 3 months old..
this problem is over 3 years old for me
Doom972 May 20, 2013 @ 1:45am 
People still care because people still have this problem. The latest update made it worse for me. It didn't happen so frequently in the previous version.
Dagger May 20, 2013 @ 1:47am 
my resolution didnt work the best, but it has something major to do with the sound card.. its normaly when their are a heap of sounds at the same time. i get it a lot more when im engie
DPOverLord Jun 6, 2013 @ 10:01am 
I never had this problem until I got a 2560 x 1600 30" monitor now it happens whenever I go to another window on my computer.
Majestic Turkey Jun 6, 2013 @ 10:03am 
Originally posted by dagger:
dont necro, are you freaking kiding me -not so- SomeWittyUsername.. its 3 months old..
this problem is over 3 years old for me

Its why its necro'd, nvidia keeps working on it and valve doesn't acknowledge it, so the problem just ends up bugging more and more people...
GreenMan Sep 19, 2013 @ 5:06pm 
It's odd though i can go awhile sometimes with no problems and then other times it does it a good bit. Last week didn't do it a single time and this week maybe idk 4 times then 2 today. Got me on what causes it probably would have to go through a few miles of code to figure that mystery out.
flaathun Oct 27, 2013 @ 8:30am 
I have same problem at least six months. Game crashes sometimes even twice per hour.
I ve got gtx 260 and updated drivers. Its good to know that valve cares about hats.
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