Full Fix: Error code 43 on NVIDIA/Intel GPUs
The error code 43 is usually displayed in the Device status box on the hardware Properties windows. Code 43 states the following, “Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems (Code 43).” So if you’re getting error code 43 for your video card, this is how to fix it.
Error code 43 for video card on Windows 10, 8.1, 7
Error code 43 is related to your graphics card, and cause various problems. Speaking of problems, here are some common issues that users reported:
- Gtx 1060 code 43, gtx 1070 code 43 – This error can affect Nvidia graphics cards, and if you encounter it, be sure to run the Hardware troubleshoot and see if that helps.
- Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (code 43) Intel hd graphics – This problem can also affect Intel’s graphics cards, and if you encounter it, be sure that you have the latest drivers installed.
- Nvidia Quadro error code 43 – This problem can appear while using Nvidia Quadro series and in order to fix it, you need to make sure that there aren’t any overheating issues.
- Error code 43 Windows 10 GPU, AMD, Nvidia – According to users, this error can affect any brand of graphics cards, and if you encounter this issue, be sure to try the solutions from this article.
Solution 1 – Revert to a Previous System Restore Point
If you recently added a new device, or made some other adjustment in Device Manager, consider restoring Windows to an earlier date with System Restore. The adjustments you made might have caused error 43, and you can undo those system changes with the Windows System Restore tool as follows.
- Open Cortana by pressing its taskbar button and input type ‘System Restore’ in the search box.
- Select Create a restore point to open the Systems Properties window below.
- Now press the System Restore button to open System Restore.
- Click Next on the System Restore window to open a list of system restore points.
- Select Show more restore points to expand the list of restore points.
- Now select a suitable restore point from there that predates your Device Manager adjustments.
- Click Next and the Finish button to restore Windows to an earlier date.
Solution 2 – Run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
The Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter in Windows can come in handy for fixing hardware errors. So it might also resolve error code 43. This is how you can open and run that troubleshooter.
- Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
- When Settings app opens, navigate to Update & Security section.
- Navigate to the Troubleshoot section in the left pane. In the right pane, go to Hardware and Devices and click Run the troubleshooter.
When the Troubleshoot window opens, follow the instructions on the screen to complete it. After the troubleshooter is finished, your issue should be completely resolved.
Solution 3 – Update the Device Driver
Faulty video card drivers usually cause error code 43. So one of the best ways you can fix it is by updating your graphics card’s drivers. You can update those with Device Manager as follows.
- Press the Win key + X to open the Win + X menu and select Device Manager from there. Alternatively, you can enter ‘Device Manager’ in the Windows search box to open the window below.
- Click Display adapter and then you should right-click your graphics card to open further context menu options as below
- Now select Update Driver Software from there to open the window directly below.
- Select the Search automatically for updated driver software option on that window to see if any updates are required. Now Windows will update the video card drivers if required.
Solution 4 – Uninstall and Re-install the Device Driver
In some cases, error code 43 can appear if your display drivers are corrupted, and the only way to fix that is to reinstall them. This is quite simple to do, and you can do it by following these steps:
- Open Device Manager.
- Locate your graphics card driver, right-click it and choose Uninstall device from the menu.
- When the confirmation dialog appears, check Remove driver software for this device and click the Uninstall button.
After removing the driver, restart your PC and Windows 10 will automatically install the default display driver. If you want to completely remove the graphics card driver, you can also use Display Driver Uninstaller software.
After the default driver is installed, check if the issue is still there. If everything works, you can also download the latest driver from your graphics card manufacturer.
You can also use third-party software to remove and re-install video card drivers. Driver Talent is one handy utility with which you can re-install and repair drivers. Check out the software’s website and click the Download Now button there to add the program to Windows. Then you can press the program’s Scan button to install the required video card drivers.
Solution 5 – Check the GPU temperature
A common cause for error code 43 can be your GPU temperature, and in order to fix this problem, you need to make sure that your graphics card is free from dust. To clean it, just open your computer case and blow the dust from your graphics card using the pressurized air.
Alternatively, you can install additional cooling or keep your computer case open and check if that affects your graphics card. In addition, be sure to remove overclock settings since overclocking can create excess heat.
If you’re looking for a good software that allows you to check your system temperature, you should consider using AIDA64 Extreme.
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Solution 6 – Prevent Windows from automatically updating your graphics card drivers
Windows 10 tends to update outdated drivers automatically, but in some cases that can cause error code 43 to appear simply because the new driver isn’t fully compatible with your PC. To fix this problem, you need to block Windows 10 from automatically updating your drivers.
After preventing Windows from updating the drivers, the issue should be completely resolved.
Solution 7 – Download and install the older version
Sometimes error code 43 is caused by newer drivers, and in order to fix that problem, you need to roll back to the older driver. This is quite simple to do, and to do it, you just need to uninstall your driver like we showed you in one of our previous solutions.
After you uninstall your driver, navigate to the graphics card manufacturer’s website and download a driver that is at least a couple of months old. Install the older driver and the issue should be resolved.
Solution 8 – Check if the graphics card is properly connected
Several users reported that error code 43 appeared because their graphics card wasn’t properly connected. According to users, the PCI-E 6 pin cable wasn’t firmly connected, and that caused this issue to appear.
To fix this problem, open your computer case and make sure that your graphics card is properly connected.
Solution 9 – Install the latest updates
Windows 10 is a great operating system, but sometimes certain bugs can appear and cause error code 43 to appear. However, Microsoft is working hard on fixing any potential problems, and if you’re having this issue, we advise you to install the latest Windows updates.
By default, Windows 10 installs the necessary updates automatically, but sometimes you might miss an update or two due to certain bugs. However, you can always check for updates manually by doing the following:
- Open the Settings app.
- Navigate to Update & Security section.
- Click Check for updates button in the right pane.
If any updates are available, they will be downloaded automatically in the background and installed as soon as you restart your PC. After the latest updates are installed, check if the problem is still there.
Solution 10 – Uninstall Lucid VIRTU MVP software
According to users, sometimes error code 43 can appear due to Lucid VIRTU MVP software. To fix this problem, it’s advised that you find and remove this application from your PC.
There are several ways to remove an application, but the best one is to use an uninstaller software. In case you’re not familiar, tools such as IOBit Uninstaller can completely remove any application from your PC, including all of its files and registry entries.
After you remove the problematic application using the uninstaller software, your issue should be completely resolved.
So that’s how you can fix error code 43 for video cards in Windows. You might also be able to fix code 43 for other devices much the same.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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