Windows Stops Responding and You Receive a "Display Driver Has Stopped Working Normally" Error Message


Your Windows XP-based computer may quit unexpectedly or stop responding, and then you receive an error message similar to the following:
DisplayDriverName display driver has stopped working normally. Save your work and reboot the system to restore full display functionality. The next time you reboot the machine a dialog will be displayed giving you a chance to report this failure to Microsoft.
NOTE: DisplayDriverName is the name of the driver that may have caused the failure.


This issue may occur if you have Windows XP Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed and your computer is experiencing a problem with a faulty device driver.


You may be able to resolve this issue by updating the drivers for your video adapter. Contact the manufacturer of your video adapter for updated drivers.

For information about how to contact your video adapter manufacturer, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.

More Information

When a Windows XP computer quits unexpectedly or stops responding, the issue is frequently related to faulty display drivers. When a failure of this type occurs, Windows XP SP1 tries to identify the device driver that caused the failure, and then provides this information in the error message. When you restart the computer, you are provided with the opportunity to report the issue to Microsoft.

For additional information about troubleshooting problems in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
308041 Resources for Troubleshooting Startup Problems in Windows XP

For additional information about how to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to Obtain the Latest Windows XP Service Pack