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Recently we wrote about Nvidia driver crash on Windows 10, but unfortunately, both AMD and Nvidia suffer from driver crashes on Windows 10. There are various manifestations of this problem:
- AMD driver crash black screen issues: In most cases, this problem occurs due to outdated software or OS versions. In other words, fixing it is relatively easy as all you need to do – at least theoretically – is to install the latest driver or software updates.
- AMD driver crash blue screen errors: BSOD errors are extremely annoying and often difficult to fix. Unfortunately, AMD drivers may also cause BSOD errors when they crash.
- AMD driver crash on YouTube: Quite frequently, this problem appears when users try to launch YouTube. This is a general issue as it affects the entire platform, not only particular channels or videos. In rare cases, the video stops playing, a black screen appears, then the AMD driver suddenly recovers by itself and the video starts playing again, only to fail a few minutes later.
- AMD driver crashes when playing games: If you’re a gamer and you own an AMD powered computer, chances are you already encountered this problem when playing your favorite games. Apparently, AMD driver crashes are quite frequent among gamers.
- AMD driver crash during install: This problem may also occur when users try to install the latest AMD drivers on their computer.
Driver crashes can be troublesome, so let’s see how to fix AMD driver crash on Windows 10.
How can I solve the AMD driver crash on Windows 10?
- Install the latest AMD drivers
- Disable browser extensions
- Remove Lucid Virtu MVP form your computer
- Change TdrDelay value from Registry Editor
- Uninstall your browser
- Make sure your motherboard drivers are up to date
- Downclock your device
- Clean your graphic card
- Update Windows
- Repair your registry
1. Install the latest AMD drivers
If AMD driver crashes on Windows 10, it’s recommended that you uninstall it and install the latest version. To do that, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X and select Device Manager from the list.
- Navigate to the Display adapters section, locate your graphic card, right click it and choose Uninstall.
- If asked, select to remove driver software for this device.
In order to completely remove display driver software from your computer, you can also use tools such as DDU. You can download all the necessary files from here.
We’ve written a complete guide that explains what Display Driver Uninstaller is and how to use it. Be sure to check it out. Also, if you want more options, you can check out this list with the best uninstaller software available right now.
To delete a driver, just start DDU and follow the instructions. After you’ve uninstalled the driver, go to the driver section on AMD’s website and download the latest drivers for your graphic card.
If you do not have the necessary computer skills to update/fix the drivers manually, we strongly suggest to do it automatically by using Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool.
This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best-automatized solution. Below you can find a quick guide on how to do it.
- Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater.
- Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.
Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.
Disclaimer: some functions of this tool are not free.
2. Disable browser extensions
Users reported that certain browser extensions can lead to AMD driver crash while watching YouTube videos. In order to fix this issue, it’s advised that you find and remove problematic browser extensions. To do that, follow these steps:
- In your browser click the More icon in the top right corner.
- Navigate to More tools > Extensions.
- List of installed extensions will appear. Disable the problematic extensions and restart your browser.
3. Remove Lucid Virtu MVP form your computer
Few users reported Lucid Virtu MVP as the main culprit for AMD driver crash on Windows 10, and if you use this application, it’s recommended that you uninstall it in order to fix this problem.
Users also recommended installing an older version of AMD drivers, so you could try that as well.
If an older version of the driver does the trick for you, you’ll have to prevent Windows from automatically updating it. To do that, follow the simple steps in this guide.
4. Change TdrDelay value from Registry Editor
TdrDelay is a registry value related to your graphic card driver that checks how long does it take for your graphic card to respond.
If your graphic card doesn’t respond within the set time period, Windows 10 will restart your graphic card driver thus causing the crash. To circumvent this problem, it’s advised to increase TdrDelay value using Registry Editor.
To do that, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter regedit. Press Enter or click OK.
- When Registry Editor starts, in the left pane navigate to:
- Right-click anywhere in the right pane, and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value or New > QWORD (64-bit) Value depending on the system you use. For 32-bit systems, it’s recommended to use DWORD 32-bit and QWORD 64-bit for 64-bit operating systems.
- Enter TdrDelay as the name for newly created DWORD and double click it.
- Set Value data to 8 and Base to Hexadecimal. Click OK to save changes.
- Close Registry Editor and restart your computer.
If you can’t edit your registry, follow the steps in this dedicated guide an learn how you can do it like a pro.
5. Uninstall your browser
In some cases, AMD driver crash can be caused by your browser, therefore it’s advised to temporarily remove your browser until you fix the problem.
Users reported that Chrome or Firefox might cause AMD drivers to crash, so try uninstalling these two browsers in order to fix this problem.
6. Make sure your motherboard drivers are up to date
AMD drivers can crash if your motherboard drivers aren’t up to date, and in order to fix that you’ll need to update them. To update your motherboard drivers just visit your motherboard manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your motherboard.
Install all the drivers and check if the issue still persists.
7. Downclock your device
In order to improve the stability of your graphic card, some users are suggesting downclocking of the GPU core.
Downclocking is intended for advanced users, therefore, if you’re not careful you can cause permanent damage to your computer. Downclock your graphic card at your own risk.
8. Clean your graphic card
AMD driver can crash due to excess dust on your graphic card fan, and if that’s the case, you should clean your graphic card. To do that, you need to open your computer case, remove your graphic card and clean its fan from dust.
If your computer is under warranty, you might want to take it to the repair shop and ask them to do it for you.
9. Update Windows
Make sure that you’re running the latest Windows OS updates on your machine. Microsoft constantly rolls out updates in order to improve the system’s stability and fix various issues, including known driver issues.
To access the Windows Update section, you can simply type “update” in the search box. This method works on all Windows versions. Then go to Windows Update, check for updates and install the available updates.
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10. Repair your registry
AMD driver crashes may occur if certain registry entries are missing or are corrupted. Before repairing your registry, don’t forget to first back it up in case anything goes wrong.
The simplest way to repair your registry is to use a dedicated tool, such as CCleaner.
You can also use Microsoft’s System File Checker to check for system file corruption. The utility verifies the integrity of all protected system files and repairs files with problems when possible. Here’s how to run an SFC scan:
- Go to Start > type cmd > right-click Command Prompt > select Run as Administrator
- Now type the sfc /scannow command
- Wait for the scanning process to complete and then restart your computer. All the corrupted files will be replaced on reboot.
If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look on this guide.
AMD driver crash can cause you a lot of inconvenience, and if you have any of these issues, feel free to try some of our solutions. If you fix your problem or find another solution, let us know in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.