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Definitive working solution for ATIKMDAG has stopped responding BSOD (TDR error)

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Pretty new here, but I was browsing around to see if a solution to this problem that plagued me for over a year had been posted. I didn't see it and wanted to share the definitive workaround for this issue.

Issue: randomly in Vista your screen freezes for a second, goes black, then comes back and you get a popup in the taskbar saying "Display driver has stopped responding and been recovered". This happens 3-4 times in rapid succession and then a BSOD blaming atikmdag.sys.

Caused by: This has to do with a windows vista "feature" called Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR). Here is the windows development article about it along with some registry keys that affect it.

Solution: After nearly a year of trying the thousands of proposed workarounds such as removing certain windows updates, different registry tweaks, running drivers standalone without catalyst etc. I finally came across a solution that fixes the issue for 99% of the people I have had try it. Here it is:

1. Start -> Run -> MSCONFIG.
2. Click the BOOT tab
3. Click on ADVANCED options.
4. Put a CHECK in "Number of Processors", and then select the number of processors your system has. , 1 for a single, 2 for a dual core, 4 for a quad.
5. Put a CHECK in "Maximum memory", and key in amount of RAM you have.
Note: After upgrading to 8gb memory, I went back and undid this step and still have 0 problems
6. Click OK, Click APPLY, and re-boot when prompted.
7. Disable Aero

Hope that helps!
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Oh I think this works for the Nvidia kids too, but we don't HAVE to tell them
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Small update: if you want to run win 7, you need to do this fix in vista before you upgrade to w7 or you lose the option.
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For what it's worth, 9.3's fixed my issue with typing "quit" to exit Crysis Warhead, and getting an ATIKMDAG BSOD.
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What if you have 32 bit vista? do i put in total memory or useable memory? I tried this, and still get this error.
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Sorry for bumping this old topic, but REP+
I tried searching for an answer on why my Far Cry 2 would keep crashing and I tried this and it has stopped now, cheers!
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Hello,

I have been fighting this TDR issue for quite some time.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1235334/bsod-e-peen

I have done what you have listed, I run win 7 home premium 64 bit. When I goto system it says ram 8.0 gigs (7.25 usable) When I put check in max mem Should I enter 8000 or 7250? Also when I try either one it won't save it and sets it to 3154. Anyways gonna try this and disable Aero. If this works my friend I may send you a Ferrari or something. I could go on and on about all I have been through but I don't want to bore you all with this madness.

Keeping fingers crossed. I have exhausted every other trial and error I found on the web.

Will post back if this fixes my issues.
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oh well no go..... Still doing it.
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