To be Windows computer freeze? Maybe you are playing a game and it suddenly stops? The screen freezes and stops responding to inputs. A malfunctioning graphics card could be the culprit. A quick way to fix the problem is to reset the graphics card in Windows 10 including keyboard shortcuts, but there are several other ways to fix the problem. We’ll discuss all of them so you can get back to what you were doing before the graphics card stopped working.
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How do you know? You will be greeted with a black screen, everything on the screen is pixelated, UI freezes, and the keyboard and mouse stop working. That’s when you know it’s the video driver or the graphics card that’s at fault. More often than not, Windows will be able to solve the problem on its own and the open application can close. But sometimes it might need a helping hand or you want the horror show to end quickly to save time. Try some of the solutions below.
1. Open Task Manager
Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc open Task Manager. If it launches, you’ll see a list of all the apps open in Processes . Right click on the app causing the problem and select End task.
Relaunch the app or game and check if it’s working.
Sometimes, nothing works until you exit the app screen resulting in freezing. Try switching apps using Alt+Tab or Windows+Tab. And then try shutting down the app using Task Manager.
2. Restart graphics Card
Gaming PC users know this all too well. Graphics card glitches are nothing new and can lead to all sorts of troubles.
A quick way to reset or restart the graphics card is to press Windows+Ctrl+Shift+CLEAR. Doing so will only restart the graphics card but will not close any open applications or games. So you won’t lose any unsaved work. The screen goes black for a moment though and you can hear a beep but that’s it. Shortcuts work for all graphics cards from AMD, NVIDIA, and even Intel.
How to restart if the screen has completely frozen? Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and wait a few seconds. You should now see a black screen (Windows 10 shows a blue screen) with a few options. On the bottom right you will find the power button. Click on it to choose Restart . This will immediately restart your computer, but you may lose any open and unsaved work. Alternatively, press and hold the power button to initiate a hard reboot or force restart.
4. Update or reinstall the display driver
This could also be a display driver related error.
1. Search Device Manager In Windows Search (Windows+WILL) and open it.
2. Double-click Display adapters to open it and then right click graphics card name choose Update. Follow the on-screen instructions afterwards.
3. If that doesn’t work, repeat the same steps but this time choose Properties in right click menu. Below Driveroption Uninstall Device to remove drivers.
4. Restart the computer and it will automatically search for and install the correct driver. Alternatively, you can also find and download the necessary drivers from the manufacturer’s website. I wrote a detailed driver guide that explains how to check the driver version, restore, uninstall and reinstall the driver correctly. Check it out for more details.
There could be several reasons behind why the graphics card is not working or why you are seeing a message on the screen that says the Display driver has stopped responding and has recovered. More often than not, it is the result of a faulty driver that is full of bugs or is simply not compatible with your system version. Because each case is unique and the configuration of each computer is different, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact problem.
Restore the driver to a previous version to fix incompatibility issues. Reinstall or update the driver to the latest version to fix the error. Reset the graphics card with a keyboard shortcut to quickly fix the unusual problem once.
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