1. Update and Reinstall Display Drivers
As mentioned above, errors are usually caused by poorly functioning or out-of-date display drivers. So you need to update the graphics card driver. If this does not solve the problem, reinstall them. Depending on your graphics card, you may find different file names related to the error.
- For Nvidia users, it is nvlddmkm.sys. If you happen to be an Nvidia user, here are 5 easy ways to fix the error.
- For AMD users, the error shows up as atikmpag.sys.
- For Intel HD users, the error is igdmkd64.sys.
How to Update the Display Drivers
- Press Windows Key + R to open the Run command. Type in devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
- In the Device Manager window, navigate to Display adapters and expand it.
- Right-click your display adapter, then select Update driver.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Windows will automatically search the web and download the required drivers. Please ensure you have an active internet connection while doing so.
How to Reinstall the Display Drivers
If the tdr video glitch blue screen persists after updating the display drivers, it is better to reinstall these drivers. It is recommended to do this when Windows boots into safe mode. But before that, you need to go to the website of the graphics card manufacturer and download the latest version of the graphics card driver.
To boot into safe mode, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R, and in the Run dialog box, type msconfig, and press Enter.
- In the System Configuration window, click on the Boot tab.
- Now tick the Safe Mode checkbox located towards the bottom.
- Apply the settings and Restart your computer.
After booting into safe mode, it’s time to reinstall the display drivers.
- In the Start menu search bar, type Device Manager and open it.
- Look for Display adapters and expand the menu.
- Right-click on your GPU and click on Uninstall device.
- In the uninstall wizard, be sure to check the Delete the driver software for this device box.
- Wait for Windows to uninstall the device and restart your computer.
- Now, reinstall the graphics drivers you downloaded previously.
2. Use SFC to Scan and Fix System Files
SFC is a built-in Windows utility that can be used to scan and repair damaged system files. In the case of a blue screen, it is likely that some system files have been damaged, so it is imperative to run this utility. It is just one of several useful utilities available to Windows users.
To run SFC, just perform the following steps:
- In the Start menu search bar, type cmd.
- Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
- In the console, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
- After the scan and repair process is complete, reboot your computer.
3. Run Startup Repair
For users who get an error shortly after starting Windows 10 or logging in, Startup Repair is a boon. This Windows function looks for exceptions during startup and fixes them immediately.
Since this section is for users whose computers cannot be used due to an error, that is, they cannot open the settings and must reboot to enter the Windows Recovery Environment (winRE).
Follow these steps to boot into the Windows Recovery Environment:
- Press and hold the Power button until your PC shuts off.
- Press the Power button again to boot your PC.
- Repeat the first and second steps until the PC boots into Recovery mode. It will be a blue screen.
- On the Recovery screen, click on See advanced repair options.
- On the next screen, click on Troubleshoot
- Click on Advanced Options
- Click on Startup Repair and enter your credentials when prompted.
4. Change Your Power Management Settings
Windows power management settings are generally well optimized, but they can sometimes interfere with the way your computer handles graphics. This is especially true when the computer has a discrete GPU. The best settings to avoid getting VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE BSOD are as follows:
- In the Start menu search bar, type Control Panel and open it.
- In the Control Panel search bar, enter “power options” and press Enter.
- Click on Power Options, and next to the power plan you’re using, click on Change plan settings.
- Click on Change advanced power settings.
- Look for PCI Express and expand it.
- Turn the Link State Power Management setting to Off.
- Save changes and reboot your computer.
5. Clean Out Your Computer
Overheating is never a good thing, and the cause is usually dust accumulation. It is recommended that users clean the dust on PC components every month. But be careful. It must be done carefully.
Make sure to clean the top of the graphics card, CPU fan, power supply unit, and chassis fan. In general, it is important to avoid maintenance errors that can damage expensive components.
6. Check Hardware Components
If the error still occurs after trying all the above methods, it may be a hardware failure. Users who use a dedicated graphics card must remove it and start the computer. If the error is resolved, it is a hardware failure of the GPU itself. You can try to contact the manufacturer and try to replace the drive.
When using integrated graphics, try to disable them and restart. To disable them, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key +R, type devmgmt.msc in the Run text box, and press Enter.
- In Device Manager, look for Display adapters and expand the menu.
- Right-click on your onboard GPU and click on Disable device.
- Reboot the computer and check whether the error is resolved.
Error “Video TDR Failure” Resolved Successfully
For most users, just update or reinstall your display driver to solve the problem. But if the situation worsens, you may need to restart your PC or replace some hardware.