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Display driver stopped responding and has recovered Windows Vista

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by hybrid1961, Jul 9, 2015.

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  1. hybrid1961

    hybrid1961 Thread Starter

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    I am having a problem that may have been answered many times in this forum, but I'm going to give it a shot anyway.

    I am running an HP Compaq dc7700p sff with Vista Home Premium with an Intel Core 2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86Ghz, 4 MB memory, 80 gig HD, with an Intel Q965/Q963 Express Chipset. I keep getting the error message "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered." This started happening about 6 weeks ago, and happens mainly when I try to watch a movie from my hard drive on VLC (I downloaded the VLC codec pack and VLC now just shows a black screen. Removed it and can play videos with generic driver, but they are very pixelated/digitized). Windows Media Player crashes if I try to play a movie on it. It also occurs when playing YouTube and Netflix videos at full screen (I am using a Vizio 32 inch monitor).
    The symptoms are as follows: The video will freeze for a few seconds, the display will go black, the video comes back up digitized, it will begin playing again, then I 'll get the error message.

    I have tried the following.

    Running Microsoft Fixit (Seemed to work for a day, then back to the same old same old)

    Manually checking the registry. Changed TdrDelay from 2 to 8.

    Closing all open programs (Firefox is the memory hog)

    Uninstalling and reinstalling the display graphics driver (It's the most current). Also ran the Intel Driver Utility Tool and it says I'm current.

    Doing a clean install.

    Adjusting performance options for best performance

    Adjusting Visual Effects for best performance

    Adjusting VLC for best performance

    Have run memory diagnostics and everything seemed fine

    Have the total page filing size for all drives set to recommended (Min. 16MB, Recommended 3045 MB, Currently allocated 2330 MB)

    Run SuperAntiSpyware, CCleaner, MalwareBytes, AVG and Spybot (no help)

    When I ran Xtremem Power Supply Calculator I got a minimum PSU wattage of 55 W and recommended PSU wattage of 105. My PSU is rated at 100-250 watts.

    Run Windows Update and got Service Pack 1 which wasn't installed.

    There are probably some other fix tries I've attempted, but have forgotten now.

    I guess my question is: do I need to install a graphics card, and if so, what is compatible for this machine?

    If this is an old question, I apologize, but everything I have tried on other forums has not helped.
     
  2. plodr

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    There is no such thing as a VLC codec pack!
    You might have downloaded something not from VLC that was not needed and is causing the problem.
     
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    The HP Compaq dc7700 Small Form Factor has a PCI Express x16 slot in its motherboard for adding a graphics card, but you have 2 issues to consider before you add one.

    1. It has a 240 watt power supply which isn't sufficient for powering a graphics card, especially if the computer is used for gaming, videos, etc..

    2. There's not enough room inside the case to allow for proper airflow, so there'll be a overheating issue.

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    By the way, you need to check your typing and correct the typos in it.

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