FIX: AMD Driver Update Display Issues in Windows 10, 8.1

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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What you’ll find in this guide:

  1. Check If the Driver is Updated
  2. Increase the GPU processing time
  3. Check visual effects or background programs
  4. Disable background programs
  5. Additional solutions

Some users have reported that they are facing some display issues after they updated their AMD display driver in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Various factors could cause this problem. We found a few solutions and as we hope that they will help you with your display issues so that you can use your computer normally again.
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SOLVED: AMD driver update display issues

There are three main problems that may occur after you update your AMD-powered computer:

  • AMD driver update black screen
  • AMD driver update Blue Screen of Death errors
  • AMD driver update blank screen issues

Follow the instructions listed below to fix these problems.

Solution #1: Check If the Driver is Updated

This is always one of the solutions for any video card problem, and everyone is going to tell you to check if your AMD drivers are up to date. But this method works sometimes, and that’s why we mentioned it. Sometimes, although everything may indicate that your AMD driver got updates, actually the update process may have stopped or failed.

You probably know how to update your AMD graphic driver, but just in case, here’s a step-by-step solution:

  1. Right click on This PC and go to Properties
  2. On the left side of the window, click on Device Manager
  3. Find your AMD graphics device under Display Adapters, right click on it and go to Update Driver Software

We also recommend this third-party tool (100% safe and tested by us) to automatically download all the outdated drivers on your PC.

So, you just made sure that your AMD driver updates installed successfully but this didn’t solve your problem. In this case, you’ll have use a method a little bit more difficult.

— RELATED: AMD Graphics Card is not Recognized in Device Manager [FIX]

Solution #2: Increase GPU processing time

Timeout Detection and Recovery is a Windows feature which detects if video adapter hardware or a driver software on your PC needs more time to complete the operation than it should to. When it happens, Windows tries to recover and reset the graphics card in order to solve the problem.

If somehow Windows doesn’t manage to recover the graphics hardware, your system may become unresponsive, and the “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” error message may show up.

Giving the Timeout Detection and Recovery more time to detect the problem may solve the issue. But this is a registry-related operation, and you should not perform it, if you’re not sure what you’re doing. Here’s the fix:

  • Exit all Windows based programs.
  • Click Start, type regedit in the Search box, and then double-click regedit.exe from the results above. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Browse to and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlGraphicsDrivers
  • On the Edit menu, click New, and then select the following registry value from the drop-down menu specific to your version of Windows (32 bit, or 64 bit):

For 32 bit Windows

  • Select DWORD (32-bit) value.
  • Type TdrDelay as the Name and click Enter.
  • Double-click TdrDelay and add 8 for the Value data and click OK.

For 64 bit Windows

  • Select QWORD (64-bit) value.
  • Type TdrDelay as the Name and click Enter.
  • Double-click TdrDelay and add 8 for the Value data and clickOK.
  • Close the registry editor and then restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

— RELATED: How to Fix Game Issues on AMD R270X Video Cards

Solution #3: Check visual effects

If these two steps didn’t help you, you can try to disable Windows visual effects for better performance. This might sacrifice aesthetics of your system, but it could solve the problem. Here’s how to disable Windows visual effects:

  • Go to Search and type appearance and performance in the search box
  • Go to Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows
  • Go to Visual Effects tab
  • Under the Visual Effects tab, click Adjust for best performance, and then click OK.

On newer Windows 10 versions, the path to follow is a bit different. Here it is:

  1. Go to Start > type ‘sysdm.cpl’ to open System Properties
  2. Now, click on the Advanced tab and go to Performance Settingsperformance settings windows
  3. In the new windows, go to the Visual Effects tab > select Adjust for better performance and hit Apply.adjust for best performance visual effects

Solution #4: Disable background programs

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In rare cases, certain apps and programs may be incompatible with the latest GPU driver update. To avoid this issue, try to disable any background programs that you don’t need. You can quickly do this by going to Task Manager. Select the programs that you don’t need right now and end the task.

Additional solutions

As we stated at the beginning of this post, most AMD driver issues translate into black, blue or blank screen issues. We already compiled extensive troubleshooting guides for these problems. You can check them out below, maybe some of the solutions listed in these guides hold the answer for you:

That would be all, we hope that at least one of these steps helped you solve your  display issues. Hopefully, your display runs normally now. If you have any questions, suggestions or remarks, let us know in the comment section below.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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