How To Quick Fix Video TDR Failure – Step By Step Guide

Video TDR Failure
Video TDR Failure

Video TDR failure is one of the main reason for the blue screen of death and no one really like to encounter that. It happens if you are trying to open a video file or launch a game and you see the blue screen (BSoD).

Eventually, your system will restart but the problem does not fix itself automatically. There is always a chance you will face it again. Depending on your graphic card it will show different names of this issue. NVIDIA graphics cards will show nvlddmkm.sys, Intel will show igdkmd64.sys and finally, AMD or ATI cards will show atikmpag.sys.

Video TDR Failure

Video TDR Failure
Video TDR Failure

TDR is an abbreviation for Timeout, Detection, and Recovery. It means your graphic card stopped working and Windows stopped working to fix that error.

Reasons behind Video TDR Failure

  • Hardware problem of your graphic card or other CPU components.
  • Graphic card driver got outdated.
  • Multiple software runs at once, creating more pressure than your card can handle.
  • Compatibility issues of your CPU hardware.
  • Overheating of CPU.

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Fix for Video TDR Failure

1. Update GPU Driver

  • Press the Windows key and search for Control Panel.
  • Select Device Manager from Control Panel.
  • Click on the Display Adapter.
  • Right-click on the driver you have and select Update driver.

2. Reinstall GPU Driver

  • If updating does not resolve your problem, then instead of updating the driver select the Uninstall device.
  • Then go to the manufacturer’s website of your graphic card.
  • Go to the Download page and select your GPU.
  • Download and install the driver.

3. Clean Your Hardware

Overheating is a disaster for any electronic component and dust is one of the main reasons for that. The fans installed in your CPU will not be able to cool the system if the system is filled with dusty. So clean it properly if you have not recently.

If you are doing it for the first time and having any problems check out the YouTube video of JayzTwoCents where he explained how to do it with care.

4. Tweak Power Management Settings

Tweak Power Management Settings
Tweak Power Management Settings
  • Press the Windows key and search for Control Panel.
  • Change the View mode to Category.
  • Go to Hardware and Sound then Power Options.
  • Click on Change plan settings next to the plan you are on.
  • Click Change advanced power settings link.
  • Expand PCI Express, then turn Link State Power Management off.
  • Click on Apply.

5. System File Replacement for AMD and ATI Card

  • Download the latest GPU drivers from the website of the manufacturer.
  • Install the new driver.
  • Open your file explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\System32.
  • Open the Drivers folder and find atikmdag.sys or atikmpag.sys.
  • Rename the file by adding .old after the current file name. Only rename the file that shows up in the blue screen error message and do not tinker with other files.
  • Go to the ATI directory, usually found in C:\ATI.
  • Find atikmdag.sy_ or atikmpag.sy_. Again, make sure this matches the error message.
  • Copy and paste the file to your Desktop.
  • Search for Command Prompt and open the app.
  • Type in chdir desktop and press Enter.
  • Type in expand.exe atikmdag.sy_ atikmdag.sys or expand -r atikmdag.sy_ atikmdag.sys, depending on the file you renamed and press enter.
  • Copy the new atikmdag.sys or atikmpag.sys file from your Desktop into the Drivers folder in System 32.
  • Restart your system.

6. System File Replacement for NVIDIA Card

Follow all the same instructions as the previous solution for AMD or ATI card.
The directory will be C:\Windows\System32 and the file name will be nvlddmkm.sys.

7. Disable Intel HD Graphics Driver

  • Press the Windows key and search for Control Panel.
  • Select Device Manager from Control Panel.
  • Click on the arrow next to Display adaptors to expand it.
  • Right-click on the Intel driver, then click on Disable device.

8. Change Intel Graphics Settings

  • Open Intel HD Graphics Control Panel from the system tray.
  • In 3D settings enable Application Optimal Mode.
  • Set Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing to Use Application Settings.
  • Turn off Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing.
  • Change General Settings to Balanced Mode.
  • On the Video settings go to Basic.
  • Change Standard Color Correction to Application Settings.
  • Change Input Range to Application Settings.


These are all the solutions for the Video TDR failure issue and I hope your problem is fixed. If after following all the instructions you are still facing the blue screen error, seek help directly from Microsoft from the Contact Us page.


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