Blue Screen of Death errors such as VIDEO_TDR_ERROR can cause many problems on your Windows 10 PC. These errors will restart your computer every time they appear, therefore it’s important that you know how to fix them.
How to fix BSoD error VIDEO_TDR_ERROR
Video_tdr_error is a relatively common blue screen error that can appear on any PC. Speaking of this error, users reported the following problems:
- Video_tdr_error Windows 7, Windows 8.1 – This error can appear on any version of Windows and both Windows 8.1 and 7 users reported it. Even if you’re not using Windows 10, you should be able to apply most of our solutions to your version of Windows.
- Video tdr error nvlddmkm sys, dxgkrnl.sys – Sometimes this error will give you the name of the file that is responsible for the crash. Once you know which file caused the crash, with a bit of research you can easily find the problematic software or device.
- Video tdr error Nvidia, AMD, Geforce – This error can be caused by your graphics card drivers, and both Nvidia and AMD users reported this issue. However, you should be able to fix this problem simply by updating your drivers.
- Video tdr error blue screen, BSOD – This is a blue screen error, and just like any other BSOD error, it will force your PC to crash. However, you should be able to fix it using one of our solutions.
- Video tdr failure on startup, won’t boot – Many users reported this problem on startup. This is a big problem since your PC won’t be able to boot at all, and if that’s the case, be sure to remove overclock settings and check if that helps.
Solution 1 – Install the latest Windows updates
Installing Windows updates is crucial for your system’s safety and stability. Windows 10 has a few issues with certain software and hardware, and sometimes these issues can cause VIDEO_TDR_ERROR to appear.
To prevent this and other BSOD errors from appearing, we advise you to use Windows Update and download the latest Windows 10 patches. Many of these updates offer new features, but there are also many bug fixes related to both hardware and software, therefore if you want to keep your PC safe and error-free we strongly suggest that you install the latest updates frequently.
Sometimes you might miss an important update due to certain bugs, but you can always check for updates manually by doing the following:
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- When Settings app opens, navigate to Update & Security section.
- Now click on Check for updates button.
Windows will check for available updates and download them automatically in the background. Once the updates are downloaded, they’ll be installed automatically as soon as you restart your PC. After you update your Windows, the problem should be resolved.
Solution 2 – Update your drivers
Your operating system relies heavily on drivers in order to work with hardware, and if certain driver is outdated, missing or corrupted, Windows 10 won’t be able to recognize and utilize that hardware. To fix these types of errors it’s advised that you update your drivers, and you can easily do that right from Device Manager by following these steps:
- Press Windows Key + X on your keyboard to open Power User Menu. Select Device Manager from the list.
- When Device Manager opens, locate the driver you want to update, right click it and choose Update driver.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software and let Windows 10 download the appropriate driver.
- Repeat these steps for all drivers that you want to update.
Some users claim that using Device Manager to update your drivers isn’t the most efficient method because Device Manager doesn’t always download the latest drivers, therefore many users suggest to update your drivers manually.
Updating drivers manually isn’t hard, and all you have to do is to visit your hardware manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your device. Users reported issues with Nforce Ethernet controller, so be sure to update that driver first and then move on to all other drivers.
If you want to fix crashes and BSOD errors, it’s crucial to update all your drivers. Updating drivers manually is a long and tedious process, therefore you might want to use this Driver Update software that automatically downloads all the necessary drivers.
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Solution 3 – Reinstall your display drivers
Sometimes VIDEO_TDR_ERROR BSOD error can be caused by your display adapter drivers, and in order to fix this error you’ll have to reinstall your graphic card drivers. Easiest way to remove your graphic card drivers is to use Display Driver Uninstaller tool. This is a freeware tool and it will uninstall your graphic card driver along with any files and registry entries related to your graphic card.
After you uninstall your graphic card driver you need to visit your graphic card manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers for your graphic card. Some users claim that latest graphic card drivers can cause this error to appear, therefore you might want to install some older version of the drivers and check if that fixes the problem.
Solution 4 – Remove overclock settings
By overclocking your hardware you can get better performance, but if your overclock settings aren’t stable, you can cause VIDEO_TDR_ERROR Blue Screen of Death error to appear. To fix this and any other BSOD errors caused by overclocking, we strongly advise you to remove all overclock settings.
Several users reported that they fixed the problem simply by changing their RAM frequency. According to them, they changed their RAM frequency from 2400MHz to 1600MHz, and that solved the issue for them.
Few users reported that they managed to fix this error by underclocking their core by 50, so you might want to try that as well. We have to mention that overclocking and underclocking can be potentially dangerous, therefore use extra caution.
Solution 5 – Clean your PC and check your power supply
VIDEO_TDR_ERROR BSOD error can sometimes appear if your computer is overheating, therefore we advise you to clean it from dust. Dust can sometimes clog fans on your GPU or CPU and cause them to overheat, therefore it’s crucial that you check your temperature and clean your PC with pressurized air.
If your PC is clean from dust, but the error still persists, be sure to check your power supply unit. If the power supply unit is faulty, or if it cannot produce enough power, you might have to replace it with a new unit.
Solution 6 – Check for faulty hardware
Blue Screen of Death errors can sometimes be caused by faulty hardware, therefore we urge you to check if your RAM is working properly. If your RAM is not the problem, the most likely hardware cause is your graphic card so be sure to check it as well. Few users reported that the problem was caused by Ethernet controller, and according to them, the only solution was to install a new Ethernet card.
VIDEO_TDR_ERROR Blue Screen of Death error is usually caused by your graphic card, but you can easily fix it by using one of our solutions.
Solution 7 – Use System Restore
Sometimes VIDEO_TDR_ERROR error can appear due to installed applications or Windows updates. If this problem started appearing recently, you might be able to fix it simply by performing a System Restore.
If you’re not familiar, System Restore is a useful feature that allows you to restore your system to an earlier state. By doing so, you can fix many software-related issues on your PC. To perform a System Restore, you need to do the following:
- Restart your PC several times during the boot sequence in order to force the PC to perform Automatic Repair.
- Now choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > System Restore.
- Select your user name and enter your account password.
- System Restore window will now appear. Click the Next button to proceed.
- List of available restore points will appear. If available, check Show more restore points. Now select the desired restore point and choose Next.
Follow the instructions on the screen to restore your PC. Once your PC is restored, check if the issue still persists. If not, it means that the problem was caused by a third-party application or a driver. In order to prevent this problem from appearing, it’s advised to keep a close eye on your updates.
Windows 10 tends to automatically install system and driver updates, and sometimes an update can cause this problem to appear. If this issue appears again, be sure to check if any driver or update was installed.
If so, you’ll need to restore your system again and block Windows from automatically installing updates. In addition, it’s also advised to block Windows from updating drivers.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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