Solved: video TDR failure (nvlddmkm.sys) Nvidia

Bug Check 0x116: video_tdr_failure or video TDR failure (nvlddmkm.sys) BSOD Indicates problem with Display (Graphics) driver. TDR is the Timeout, Detection and Recovery component in windows. When the graphics device gets too low on resources and stops responding, windows will attempt to recover by restarting the graphics device. That results Windows 10 BSOD video_tdr_failure

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The most common reason for this issue is due to incompatible graphics card drivers or graphics devices is being overloaded beyond its capabilities. Also system file corruption, Misconfiguration of Windows Update driver conflict, also cause this video_tdr_failure BSOD on windows 10.

video TDR failure Blue screen error

If you are also struggling form this Windows 10 BSOS (video_tdr_failure) Here are some effective solutions you must apply.

First of all Disconnect, all external devices include printers, scanners, and external HDD. And restart Windows check if its started normally then one of the external devices causing the problem for you.

With regular windows updates, Microsoft release several bug fixes to fix the different problems on windows 10. So Make sure the latest Windows updates are installed on your device. Or you can Install the latest updates from settings, update & Security, check for updates button.

Note: If due to this Windows 10 Blue screen error (video_tdr_failure) System frequently restarts at startup, don’t allow to perform any troubleshooting steps. That cause you need boot into safe mode, which start windows with minimum system requirements and allows to perform the troubleshooting steps below.

Update/reinstall graphics driver

As discussed before, an outdated, incompatible display (graphics) driver is the most common reason behind this BSOD. First Try updating the Graphics card drivers from the device manager and check if it helps:

  1. Open run command by pressing Windows key + Rand type “devmgmt.msc” (without quotes) and hit Enter.
  2. Spot and expand the “Display adapters”.
  3. Right-click on the Graphics card driver and select “Update Driver Software”.
  4. When it prompts to choose an option How do you want to search driver, then go with Search automatically for updated driver software?
  5. If you have a driver available on your PC, then select Browse my computer for driver software, then select the appropriate location, where the driver is located on your PC for updating it. (Ensure that PC is connected to the Internet while performing this step)
  6. Once this is done, restart the computer to check the problem is fixed.

If it doesn’t fix the issue, then Right click on the same driver and select “Uninstall” then restart the system and let the system install the driver automatically on Start. Check and see if it resolves the issue. (Recommended step)

Install Graphics Driver in compatibility mode

Check and install the latest Windows 10 graphics card drivers for your device from the Manufacture’s website (For example you have dell laptop then visit their support site) instead of from the NVIDIA website and check if it helps. Most probably it will fix the issue

If no updated drivers are available on the manufacturer’s website for Windows 10, then try installing drivers in compatibility mode. Compatibility mode runs the program using settings from a previous version of Windows.

  1. Download the latest and available driver from the manufacturer’s website.
  2. Uninstall the existing graphics card drivers from your PC through Control Panel.
  3. Right-click on the driver setup file and click on ‘Properties’.
  4. Click on the Compatibility tab and check the box ‘Run this program in compatibility mode for’ and select Windows 8/8.1 or operating system from the drop-down menu and proceed with the installation. Once this is done, restart the computer and check if the issue persists.

Replace nvlddmkm.sys file

If you have installed Nvidia Graphic Driver on your system this is another effective solution that most probably fix the problem for you.

  • Go to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers and rename “nvlddmkm.sys” to “nvlddmkm.sys.old”.
  • Go to the Nvidia directory (usually in C: Nvidia or C:drvvganVidia) and find the file nvlddmkm.sy_.
  • Copy the file to your Desktop directory.
  • Open command prompt as administrator
  • Change the directory to Desktop by typing “chdir Desktop“.
  • Then, type “EXPAND.EXE nvlddmkm.sy_ nvlddmkm.sys“. Or, “expand -r nvlddmkm.sy_ nvlddmkm.sys”.
  • When the expansion is complete, copy the new nvlddmkm.sys from your Desktop to C:\Windows\System32\Drivers and Restart the windows.
  • Check this helps to fix the problem

Modify PCI Express Power Management Settings

  • Open the Control panel, Search and open power options
  • Here click on Change plan settings next to the power plan you are currently
  • Now, Find PCI Express and expand it.
  • Then expend Link state power management.
  • Change the settings to off for plugged in and on battery option.
  • Click on Apply and OK, then Restart your PC.

 Disable Windows 10 Fast Startup

  1. Open the Control panel, search and open Power Options
  2. Click Choose what the power buttons do
  3. Then select Change settings that are currently unavailable
  4. Uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended)
  5. Click save changes, and restart windows check there is no more BSOD.

Scan and Fix Damaged System Files

It is possible to be due to the corrupted system files or missing system files you will get this Windows 10 BSOD Error. In this case, you can use SFC /Scannow command to check the file system. If this System File Checker finds out the protected files are overwritten by incorrect files, it will extract the correct system file from the system file backup (namely dllcache) and replace the incorrect file. Restart Windows after complete the scanning process.

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