FIX: NVidia driver error code 3 on Windows 10

Elsie Otachi By: Elsie Otachi
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Whenever you get error codes related to drivers, the first place you need to check is your computer’s Device Manager, which you can use to locate your error code and then click on the specific error code to get more detailed information about it.

You can find the error code by going to Device Manager and double clicking on the device type that has the problem. Once you double click on the device, right click and select Properties, then you will find the error code in the Device Status area.

Error code 3, on Device Manager usually reads “The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources”, but this shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.

If you get the NVidia driver error code 3 with a similar message description, you can use the solutions below to fix it.

How to fix NVidia driver error code 3

  1. Run a troubleshooter
  2. Update the driver
  3. Close some open apps
  4. Uninstall and reinstall the driver
  5. Install additional RAM

Solution 1: Run the hardware troubleshooter

The Hardware and Devices troubleshooter checks for commonly occurring issues and ensures any new device or hardware is correctly installed on your computer.

Here’s how to do this:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • Go to View by option on the top right corner

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  • Click the drop down arrow and select Large icons

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  • Click Troubleshooting

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  • Click Hardware and Sound
  • Click Configure a Device

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  • Click Next to run the troubleshooter

Follow the instructions to run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter.  The troubleshooter will begin detecting any issues that may be causing the drag and drop problem.

Solution 2: Update the driver

There are three ways you can update the driver:

  • From Device Manager
  • From Windows Update
  • From manufacturer’s website

Update drivers from Device Manager

In order to update your graphics card drivers, do the following:

  • Right click Start

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  • Select Device Manager

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  • Click Display adapters to expand it

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  • Right click on the NVidia card driver
  • Select Update driver software

If you don’t have any driver updates available, right click on the graphics card driver and click Uninstall, then restart your computer.

Update drivers from Windows Update

  • Click Start
  • Select Settings

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  • Select Update & Security

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  • Select Windows Update

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  • Click Check for updates

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Update drivers from manufacturer’s website

Go to NVidia manufacturer website, check for the latest Windows 10 drivers available and then install it based on the instructions on the website.

How to update drivers from manufacturer’s website:

  • Right click Start

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  • Select Device Manager

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  • Expand the Sound, Video and game controllers option

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  • Right click on the NVidia card
  • Click Update driver software
  • Restart your computer

Update drivers automatically

Sometimes, downloading and updating drivers manually can damage your system by choosing and installing the wrong versions. In order to prevent that from the start, we strongly suggest to do it automatically by using Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool.

This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus and will help you not damaging your PC by downloading and installing the wrong driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best automatized solution. Below you can find a quick guide how to do it.

    1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
    2. driver updater starting windowOnce 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.
    3. driver updater diagnozingUpon 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.
      driver updater scan finished
      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 features of this tool are not free.

Solution 3: Close some open applications

As mentioned earlier, NVidia driver error code 3 can be caused when your system is running low on memory or other resources.

If this is the case, or your computer has insufficient memory to run the device, close some apps to avail more memory.

You can also check memory and system resources, plus virtual memory settings by doing the following:

  • Right click Start

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  • Select Task Manager

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  • To view virtual memory, right click Start

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  • Select Control Panel

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  • Click System and Security

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  • Select System

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  • Click Advanced system settings

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  • Open System Properties dialog box

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  • Click Advanced tab

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  • Click Settings under Performance area
  • Click Advanced tab and check Virtual memory

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Solution 4: Uninstall and reinstall the driver

  • The device’s driver may have become corrupted so you may need to uninstall the driver from Device Manager and scan for new hardware so as to install the driver all over again.

Here’s how to do this:

  • Right click Start

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  • Select Device Manager

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  • Go to Sound, Video and Game controllers and click to expand the list

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  • Right click on NVidia graphics card
  • Select Properties
  • Click Driver tab
  • Select Uninstall and follow the prompts to uninstall the driver
  • Restart your computer
  • Right click Start again

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  • Select Device Manager

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  • Right click Action tab on the menu

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  • Select Scan for hardware changes and follow the instructions to complete the reinstall

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Note: You may be prompted to provide the path of the driver. Windows may have the driver built-in already, or may have the driver files installed from the last time you set up the device. Sometimes, however, it will open the New Hardware Wizard which may ask for the driver. If you are asked for the driver and you don’t have it, download the latest driver from the hardware vendor’s website.

Solution 5: Install additional RAM

NVidia driver error code 3 may also be caused by insufficient memory so you can install additional Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer.

Did any of these solutions help fix the NVidia driver error code 3 on your computer? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below.

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