Display Driver ATIKMDAG Stopped Responding and Has Recovered Fix
Solutions For Fixing The Annoying Atikmdag BSOD or Blue Screen of Death
** Note – This Article is Very Old Now and May Not Be of Much Help – We Have Updated This Article With a Newer Version That Might Be of More Help **
Some of the comments at the bottom of this article may be of help though.
Purpose of this article
This error has been a constant problem on my new PC for the last 8 months. This particular error exists on both ATI and Nvidia cards and on a whole range of different PC builds.
The error you receive on the cards is different because obviously the driver that stops has a different name, but the symptom is the same, the screen will go blank and then sometimes the game/application will recover or it may crash. A small message will appear on the bottom right hand side of your screen if you are using Vista.
ATI Cards: Atikmdag has stopped responding and has successfully recovered
Nvidia Cards: nvlddmkm has stopped responding and has successfully recovered
This page contains all the information I have collected and possible fixes and puts them in one place.
This page will be constantly updated until a 100% Fix is found – the fixes that are listed work for some but not for others – so you might have to experiment a little until a solution is found
I will point Nvidia users to the best solutions for them and then list possible fixes for ATI users – I am a ATI card user myself and have found a few fixes which increase the stability of my system – this has reduced the frequency of the error but has not eliminated it entirely.
Fix 1 – Vista Users – ATI and Nvidia Users
Windows Hot fixes
Some users have solved the problem by actually uninstalling a windows hot fix, the “KB952287” patch. (Vista Users)
Matthew Utah (Popular Fix)
Posted at 6:14pm on August 25th, 2008
I had this problem and found it quite annoying. Due to other circumstances, I reinstalled Windows Vista, and found that I did not have this problem before installing updates. In fact, installing update KB952287 caused this problem to start, and when I un-installed this update, it went away.
I looked up the update, and it deals with some very specific SQL server issues that I will likely never deal with, so it will stay gone on my machine.
Thank you Matthew from Utah!
Your solution worked for me.
I un-installed “update KB952287” and the problem is gone.
I also use the AMD 780G chip set.
Possible Helpful Patches
- KB938194 – An update is available that improves the compatibility and reliability of Windows Vista
- KB938979 – An update is available that improves the performance and reliability of Windows Vista
You may have these fixes installed already, write them down then check if you have them installed.
To check if you have them : start menu / control panel / system and maintenance / Windows updates / View update history
Fix 2 – Only using one stick of Ram – All Users
According to several posts I have read over the internet a sure-fire way to rid yourself of this problem is to only have one stick of ram in your PC. I personally have not tried this method as I only have 2gb of ram, reducing it to 1gb would not be enough for me as I am using Vista and have to run several applications.
quote from ocforums:
“Drivers, software, vista driver structure and sub-level timings, etc…simplest way to get rid of the problem is to run one single RAM stick…I kid u not. 1 ram stick and u will see the issue vanish almost instantly!”
If you are so sick of this problem and can reduce your PC to only one stick of ram then give it a go.
*Warning* Only remove ram if you know what you are doing – you can quite easily damage your components if you are not use to repairing computers.
Fix 3 – ATI users XP and Vista – Total Fix of the atikmdag error on my System
*Warning* You do all of this at your own risk – I am not responsible if anything goes wrong
Update 30.9.2007: I managed to totally remove my atikmdag error now following the information below
My PC Build:
- P5W DH Deluxe
- Intel Core 2 Duo 6300
- 2gb Geil Ram 800 mhz
- Radeon HIS IceQ3 Turbo 1950 Pro
- Disable UAC – Vista Users (see below) – reboot
- Disable any Antivirus software
- Remove Current drivers
- Reboot into safe mode – to do this you wait until after the bios screen has disappeared (bios is the start-up screen) then tap the F8 key until the windows booting options come up – select safe mode
- Run Driver cleaner – select the following options below and then click start
- Empty your recycle bin
- Reboot into normal mode
- Install Catalyst 7.9
- Turn Antivirus and UAC back on
- Reboot your PC
This stage is what removed the error for me. My ATI card is a HIS Ice3q 1950 Pro which is an overclocked video card. Doing some research I found that it wasn’t very stable running at the speeds it is set at, so I made one small change to the VPU clock speed. Obviously I don’t know what card you have and weather this will make any difference for you, but I can say that before most games had this error every 5 minutes of game play and after I haven’t had the error since.
On the ATI tool main menu you will have your graphics card clock speeds. My core speed was 621 I reduced this to 600 and pressed set clock – the tool set it to 594 – I saved the profile and that was it – that little adjustment removed the error. Your graphics card will run at different speeds to mine, but it might be worth dropping the core speed by 20 points to test if this works – also make sure you go to stage 3 as well.
- In ATI tool select the setting button – bottom right of the main panel
- At the top – open the menu and scroll down and choose ‘Fan control’
- Tick the box ‘Override Fan Speeds’
Select dynamic based on GPU temperature and set it up like the screenshot above – save this profile so you can load it the next time you need it – then press apply – *Warning* – Some say that fix the percentage at 100% and that’s it, but I wouldn’t advise that as you may wear out your fan much faster than normal.
I’m hoping the above has also fixed your error – if it has or hasn’t leave a comment at the bottom of this page.
Fix 4 – Various methods that work for some – Vista Users
Reading through all the hundreds of posts I took down notes and kept a record of what worked for some people, some responded saying that it worked, some say it made no difference. So give some of these a try and see if it makes a change.
Turning off Aero: Start / control panel / under appearance and personalization / change the color scheme / Select Windows classic theme and apply.
Turning off UAC (User Account Control) – *Warning* UAC is designed to help keep your PC more secure – try this if nothing else works, turn it back on if it doesn’t help.
Type msconfig into the search bar (pic below) – run the program
Select tools and scroll down to disable UAC and click launch (see pic) – reboot your PC
Fix 5 – More Possible solutions to the atikmdag / nvlddmkm error
This is basically as far as it goes for now, but these are few other fixes that you could try:
Fixes from comments below:
Robb from Canada:
Had the same problem until I set my bios setting to auto! Now everything is good to go!
Steve from Australia:
If you are using EXTENDED DESKTOP WITH DUAL MONITORS then disable it and revert back to using one monitor.Ta Da! no more crashes!
Greg from UK:
I have got the system stable by uninstalling the ati driver and using the standard vista vga driver, aero and window transparency don’t work, nor do any of the screen savers but no more BSOD..