Windows 7 nvlddmkm problem?

I’m wondering if any of you have problems in windows 7 about the nvlddmkm error? Please post in the comment below. I for one have not had any errors in windows 7 so it seems like it is fixed?

40 Responses to “Windows 7 nvlddmkm problem?”

  1. Kint4r0 Says:

    I am using Windows 7 Prof. x64 for two months and now I get this problem since last week.
    My system: ASUS A8V-SE, AMD 64 X2 3800+, Geforce 7800GTX, 4x 512MB DDR.

  2. Stigsan Says:

    I’ve had my system for 2.5 years now and I’m getting this error just the same in Windows 7 as i was in Vista.

    Specs: Foxconn N68S7AA-8EKRS2H, Intel e6600, PNY GeForce 8800GTXOC, 2x2GB OCZ Plantinum

    I’ve done everything on this site and just changed out the stock cooler with the Thermaltake DuOrb and I’m still getting this problem.

  3. Brent Says:

    I have Windows 7 Pro x64.
    I have gotten this error while playing fullscreen 3D apps since I installed it in October. So far nothing has quelled this beast.

  4. bib Says:

    Also using Windows 7 Pro with a hardware setup pretty similar to Kint4r0’s: Asus A8N-SLI Premium, AMD 64 X2 3800+, Geforce 7800GTX, 2 x 1GB DDR.

    I get the error while playing H.264 videos with the Windows decoder. Happens randomly, sometimes i can watch ’em for hours and nothing happens, sometimes just seconds after i hit play. Screen goes black, audio keeps playing for a while, after 10 to 30 seconds a BSOD comes up, memory dump happens, PC reboots.

    H.264 stuff plays just fine with other decoders (VLC player).

  5. Zipline58 Says:

    I would kindly like your input on whether I should switch over now or wait. I am probably going to purchase/build a new computer for Christmasl. YEEEAAAAH!
    Is the NVLDDMKM.SYS thing showing up on 7 as much as Vista. I have heard that XP is much more stable for Nvidia cards than Vista.

  6. admin Says:

    it seems as if windows 7 has the same problem.
    i would suggest get your video card RMA’ed if you are still having problems.

  7. Zipline58 Says:

    My cards really old…I think it might be overheating….OR some of those defective 8800 GTX’s
    actually made it to shelves!

  8. Yannis Says:

    Hi guys!

    I can join the BSOD club. (:-((

    Bought a brand new machine:
    Intel® Core(TM) i7-920 , NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
    Asus P6T Deluxe V2, 6.144 MB RAM
    Windows 7 Ultimate Edition 64-Bit

    Since I have the machine, 2 weeks now, I get BSOD every 2 hours or so. First time it was just clicking around in Explorer. PLOP! 2nd and 3rd time was starting WinDVD2010 with inserted DVD. After that I got the latest NVidia-Driver Nov. 09. Crashes with DVD stopped! Next day, however, just clicking a .jpg PLOP! Copying files between 2 USB-Shares…you guess it?! Right: PLOP in the middle of the copying process.

    I’m upset.

    WIN7-Event Manager states 6008 or 1001. Win-Debugger suggests “nvlddmkm.sys” to be the cause.

    Have no clue how to cure that sh**t.

    0x00000050 (0xfffff88002d25000, 0x0000000000000001, 0xfffff88010eacc72, 0x0000000000000000)

    In total only 2 mini-dumps had been generated.

  9. admin Says:

    I would definitely suggest getting it repaired by the manufacturer, it’s most likely a defective video card.

  10. Yannis Says:

    Thanks for ultra fast reply.
    Yep, I contacted the vendor already, waiting for his reply.
    Will keep you updated about this anyway – in case other people run into the same problem.

  11. Dinodog Says:

    Hi all

    I feel your pain after getting win 7 64bit pro doing all the right things up to date drivers ect ect i had crashes eg mouse icon freezing black screans full locks. Checked my error log to fin thousands of nvlddmkm error.

    After days of trying fixes of all types driver rollback the lot i used driver cleaner selected everything nvidia and cleaned then uninstalled all nvidia programs and did registry clean.

    When i rebooted my comp i let windows install the device which installed latest 195.62 beta driver and i havent had any problems yet. Ran 3DMark for 4 hours last night no crash.

    I did have that driver in my download folder but i manually installed not even hour or so started to get error in log.

    I dont know if it will work for all as i tried for days to fix this even doing full wipe and reinstall of win 7.

    Illl let u know if errors return.

    GA p35 ds3p mobo
    6g ddr800 kingstons ram
    Inno3d 9800gtx+ 512
    Win7 64bit pro
    Running on raid2 striped

  12. admin Says:

    great! keep us posted.

  13. ihos Says:

    Man Damm!, same error in my three os.

  14. ihos Says:

    Hey admin, ur god. Ive never met someone like you to put out the effort and make a website and help people.

  15. Yannis Says:

    The best experience I made with “Nvidia GeForce 195.81 Beta driver” so far.
    After a clean uninstall of all former crap, of course.

    But as this did not solve all my problems I returned my new computer to the vendor and’ll let you know the outcome of the inspection asap. They assume, it’s a hardware issue, but as they told me in a mail, not necessarily the graphics card.

  16. daniel Says:

    I have this problem since upgrading from Vista to W7 64bit…
    Geforce 9800GTX, latest drivers (including beta) used.
    I have this problem only (but consistent) when I ask for a print preview…. (on the printer level)


    A problem with your video hardware caused Windows to stop working correctly.

    Problem signature
    Problem Event Name: LiveKernelEvent
    OS Version: 6.1.7600.
    Locale ID: 2067

    Files that help describe the problem

    View a temporary copy of these files
    Warning: If a virus or other security threat caused the problem, opening a copy of the files could harm your computer.

    Extra information about the problem
    BCCode: 117
    BCP1: FFFFFA800A216010
    BCP2: FFFFF8800FF45230
    BCP3: 0000000000000000
    BCP4: 0000000000000000
    OS Version: 6_1_7600
    Service Pack: 0_0
    Product: 256_1

  17. BillM.Green Says:

    Problem persists on Windows 7 (Ultimate, 64-Bit, fresh installation). Tried many WHQL and BETA versions of the drivers. Switching from 195.xx to 191 has improved the situation reducing the crash frequency. ManuelG from nVidia forums proposed to use 186.18 which I tried with success yesterday. System is now much more stable when using Aero/W7 Media Center/ProgDVB.
    Link to the thread and my more detailed report:
    Still needs a lot of testing and long term experience.

  18. rjk Says:

    Problem suddenly appeared in my previously-stable win7 box immediately after “upgrading” my video drivers.

    I have a Quadro FX 1700 and I do NOT use this for gaming. I need to do some testing, as this was just a day or 2 ago I had issues.

    The problem first manifested itself when I tried to add the VBox Guest additions into an XP VM. The driver recovered OK, and all was OK. I had been running the GPU2 FAH client at the time.

    The problem seemed to reoccur periodically.

    What prompted me to post was the final indignation, a BSOD. This, as far as I could tell, was a side effect of disconnecting from my machine from LogMeIn Pro2, which has display drivers that have never caused any issues, but started acting up with the new nvidia drivers.

    I guessed this could be the problem, mainly because only after the new drivers, whenever I connected with LMIP2, my primary display resolution would drop from 1280×1024 to 640×480 wich was a real headache. Turning it up manually worked.

    Intel DQ35JO Desktop board
    Core2Quad Q9400
    Quadro FX 1700
    500 Watt PSU
    carpload of hard drives
    8GB RAM (was 4GB until I decided I needed more for my VMs)(Added 4GB just a day or 2 ago)(1/16/10)
    nVidia Quadro drivers, 191.78 I wish I knew the previous version so I could downgrade, any ideas to find out?
    Windows 7 Pro

  19. rjk Says:

    Scratch that last remark about LogMeIn Pro2. I do not think it was that cause, because while logged on via LMIP2, I started a video encode, which kept going and finished successfully about an hour after I disconnected, which rules out the LMIP2 video mirror driver. It is still unusual that it will switch to 640X480 every time I connect with LMIP2 though. Also, I am running the x64 edition of Win7.

  20. placeboing Says:

    I had this problem on Vista, out of seemingly nowhere. I formatted and installed Win7, the problem persisted. After spending around 18 hours trying to fix it, I simply loaded the “fail safe” BIOS settings. Suddenly, it worked perfectly. Then I loaded the “optimized defaults”, and still it works perfectly.

    I guess my BIOS just needed to be reset? But I hadn’t changed anything in there recently. How does this make sense? Perhaps it was actually something else I did, but I don’t know.

  21. WhiteShadoW Says:

    I had the same problem for months.
    (i7 920,asus engtx 285, win7-64b…)
    I tryed everything and at last I fix it. When I try to install other version of drivers I install the NVIDIA drivers. But when I installed the drivers downloaded from ASUS page (191.07 is the latest version) then the problem fix. Also I think I get better performance too.

    I hope it will help to someone 🙂

  22. rjk Says:

    I’ve narrowed it down to the GPU2 FAH client, but even buggy code shouldn’t totally crash the driver. I would like to keep running the client but I guess I can’t if it is going to cause issues.

  23. WhiteShadoW Says:

    My driver crashed again 🙁

  24. guybrush Says:

    Joining the club.

    Windows 7 x64
    Asus P5Q-PRO Motherboard
    Asus EN9600GT Silent

    Tried several different drivers and changing the PSU.

  25. Persn Says:

    My specs:

    EVGA X58 SLI Mobo
    Core i7 920
    Windows 7 64 bit
    Two EVGA Geforce GTX 260 in SLI
    Toughpower 850 psu

    My Saga:

    Basicially I built this comp to game my ass off in December of 08, and everything thing worked like a dream. I should mention at this time I was only using one EVGA Geforce GTX 260, and using Vista Home Edition. So as time passed I was curious to try SLI I bought a second card in August of 09, and that is where my troubles began. Every game I ran in SLI, from World of Warcraft to Dragon Age: Orgins, would give me the dreaded nvlddmkm error message, or worse my system would freeze. I tried every recomended fix that google could throw at me except changing out the psu or resort to a rma of the video cards. I tested my memory, my hard drives, turning off aero, changing power settings for sleep mode, I upgraded to windows 7 64bit Professional, installed the latest Nvidia drivers, ect. After all this I still got the error/lockups.

    So anyways I noticed while in the nvidia control panel when checking my cards specs I saw that the bios were different for each cards. The one I bought in August09 had I newer bios. My first gtx 260 card, the one I bought in Dec08, was in the first pci-e, and the new card I bought in aug09 was in the second pci-e, so after trying almost everything I could think of I said, ”fuck it” and switched the two cards around. The Aug09 card in the first pic-e slot and the Dec08 card in the second pci-e slot. I also switched up power connectors for each card just for what the hell purposes, and prayed to the tech gods in the sky.

    So far with aero turned off I have not recieved an error when gaming. With aero turned on I do recieve the error, but I have yet to recieve a computer lockup/freeze(Which would happen 90% of the time). Sleep mode seems to cause problems still, but I just turned it off. I hope this rant helps someone.

    If running SLI try switching your video cards around, switch up power connectors for your cards, and turn off aero.

  26. alexownzyou Says:

    guys, i dont know how to suggest my solution but here i goes. i fixed the problem by opening up the side of my computer and pointing a fan directly toward the inside. it seems as if my computer/gpu was getting overheated. if you guys have any success with this let me know. alexownzyou @ gmail

  27. Gurrazor Says:

    Damn, I was just going to buy Windows 7.
    Well, this problem is really sad, I used to game a lot and I recently bough Battlefield Bad Company 2 and this bug is happening all the time (it makes it unable to play BFBC2 at all, because the bug happens every 5:th minute.
    It’s not only BBC2, it’s also all other games (Garry’s mod, Left 4 Dead 2, CSS, Half Life 2, Crysis, All games. So I’m having loads of problems since December last year. I have left my computer in the store I bough it, but even they didn’t got any idea of the problem.
    I’m thinking about if it could be the RAM-memory, but the store said that it was fine. Could it maybe be the screen that is fucked up?
    Well, if anyone got any tip or advice, please share it (Or I soon get a Mac).
    Please, any ideas? Any fix?

  28. ddevil Says:

    I had this problem a few months ago and it lasted for about a week and then suddenly went away and I have no idea why. A few days ago it started reoccurring and got progressively worse to where I couldn’t startup for more than a minute at a time but safe mode worked great. I tried several different drivers and removing the old nvlddmkm.sys and letting the new driver replace it.

    What finally worked for me (although I have had one nvlddmkm BSOD since yesterday when I ‘fixed’ the issue but that’s much better than it always happening shortly after startup) was to underclock my card. I have a GTX260 and I dropped it about 100MHz. This has only been since yesterday that I tried this so I don’t have much more information.

  29. ihos Says:

    hey admin, its ihos, how everything man

  30. THORN Says:

    After trying several of the fixes, the only thing that has seem to work for me was removing Adobe Flash. Been going 4 hours now without incident.
    We’ll see……………

  31. Blackscreen Says:

    Hey, got the prob first time trying to burn a cd. blus stripes on the screen, strange sound, system frozen. I restarted the system and it told me sth like “video kernel” problem i dont exactly remember. then it happened directly again, but now windows didnt start any more but there was only a black screen. the laptop tried rebooting. after several restarts i removed the battery and suddendly everything was normal and the system stable but only for a week. then the error returned and i got a blue screen first time telling me there is an error with nvlddmkm, doing a “crash dump memory” and a reboot. After that i had the most time first a black screen and after some automatic reboots a blus screen or i could acces the safety mode of windows but no effect or i had the usual windows (very rare). So far i tried to update the graphics driver, no effect and, in safety mode, i tried to recover the system to a date previous to the first appearance of the error. the result is that now every once in a while windows starts but in the most cases the laptop doesnt boot at all – only black screen, sometimes it tries to reboot but it doesnt make it to windows, i even dont see the screen before windows so i cannot even get into the bios. The best i get now is the blue screen but it is rare, too. i used windows 7 x32 for about three month perfectly stable. my sys is intel centrino pro 2,4, 1,5 DDR, nVidia nvs 140m or so (cant actually look it up any more).
    Dont know what to do. i am actually thinking to buy winxp and to try to boot and install it via cd.
    any ideas?

  32. Dean Says:

    Hi All
    Well you can add me to the list to lol. This crap is driving me crazy.I only have this problem when im SLI-ing 2 evga260 216 cores. I have downloaded the newest drivers from nvida an have pulled one of the cards an so far it has fixed the problem. Put the other card back in an wala it was back. pulled the other card out an back to normal.Got a good friend who is a pc nerd an he is thinking its the SLI area were the problem is. this is my os
    i7960 quad core
    evga e760 classified mobo
    6 gig corsair Dom. DDR3 1600
    TP 1200wat psu
    2 260 evga gpu’s
    4 wd 250gig st hd
    i an also been in touch with evga an will continue to do some more testing i also have 2 new 260 gpu’s that are one number apart on serial number an will try them to see if the problem comes back. Ill keep you posted

  33. theavatar Says:

    Hi, i just registered because i managed to find the source of the error for me. I have a M570TU Clevo Notebook with QX9300 CPU and GTX 280m Graphicscard. Its a high-power notebook and i wondered what the error could come from, since i used to notice when i newly got it, that it has a very good cooling system. After trying many things including the registry edit and multiple driver changes, power reduction, and what else i could find a hint on, i opened up my notebook. I saw a little dust on the heatpipes and heatsinks. Since you can use a vacuum cleaner on that, i tried that. BUT, and this is where the problem really lay, you cannot get the thick dust inbetween the copper grids! So i unscrewed the ventilation units and used a toothbrush to clean out those grids. You wouldnt know how much dust had settled there and would only come loose by using a brush. Put everything back together and heres what happened:

    – before “cleaning out”: about 60°C idle / 99-102°C while playing intensive games; getting the nvldmmkm.sys restarting error.

    – after “cleaning out”: about 45°C idle / max 83°C while playing the same intensive games; NO FURTHER ERRORS OCCURED!

    So, for me it was clearly the error due to heat problems although i at first couldnt think of that since this system has a superior cooling concept.

    Hope this helps some of you, especially with the notebooks 😉

    My system: M570TU Clevo 17″ Notebook
    QX9300 Cpu@4 x 2,93 Stock overclocked
    GTX 280m @ Stock clocks
    4GB RAM
    Windows 7 Professional x64

  34. Neuzl Says:

    Not sure if this site is dead but i post anyway.

    After have tested tons of soltions for the last 5 months or more i think i have a found a way.

    What i did

    Open nvidia control panel

    Go to -> 3d settings -> GPU settings -> Disabel use of many GPU´s

    sorry for bad english, here is a pic

  35. JoshPA Says:

    UNINSTALL JAVA! This has worked 100 percent so far and it’s been a good 16 hours of play, which I never got more than 40 minutes before until the error.

    Try it!

  36. klor Says:

    I have a Gigabyte 8400 GS video card, and the nvlddmkm.sys BSOD-s started a few weeks ago.
    After trying several driver versions, I found that the card my be bad, so I replaced with an ASUS EN210 video card.
    Now my system is working fine, since 40 minutes.
    Read my details about my case here:

    I hope my case helps others to find solution to nvlddmkm.sys BSOD.
    In my case (at least) it was hardware error.

  37. steinmto Says:

    Well I was getting this error on my old Dell Precision 380 with a Quatro FX 1400 card in it. I tried everything on the site nothing worked. Then I enabled nview desktop manager in control panel. No more errors. I didn’t think it would fix it but it did so far.

  38. colunizator Says:

    Michael Colun 2 months ago
    I finally found the solution after one month of searching the google i found for myself.
    My solution :
    1. Download Nvidia control panel performance that allows u to change graphic clock speed from official site.
    2. Install it
    3. Open the new Nvidia Control panel
    4. Enter in performance settings
    5. Select “I agree” to open overclocking settings.
    6. Decrease the GPU clock
    Ex from 672 MHZ change to 550 MHZ and memory clock from 800 to 850 MHZ (this are my settings)

    It can be fixed but the performance will be lowered with 5-10%,but youmay not notice the difference.
    The problem is not in driver,directx or windows,it’s a hardware error from manufactur related to clock speed,and it can be fixed

  39. colunizator Says:

    you will notice if you will rise the clock speed the BSOD will appear more often

  40. raptorzx3 Says:

    i registered on this site because i had 1 error of the like before, and i fixed it. Strangely this error seem like it can be caused by bad RAM! Let me explain:

    When i bought my new PC at the time (Core i5 750 LGA1156), i decided to buy a kit of 2 x 2gb of RAM on discount for my new system (OCZ brand, with shiny gold heat spreaders…), for some reasons the technicians who built it never found a problem (they ran 3D Mark only, which only use video card RAM!). Then i decided to play a game with it, and after a while, screen blinked and went back to Windows (Windows 7 home premium 64-bit). For some reasons, i knew the video card wasn’t the problem, nor the PSU. Then i decided to send the RAM kit back and grab another kind from a more reliable brand (i chose G.Skill), and i never had this problem ever again.

    So if after everything you still have this nvlddmkm.sys error, grab “Memtest” and make a bootable medium (USB drive, CD/DVD…) and let it run until it have done at least 2 tests. If you get error(s) and no pass in the meantime, sadly your RAM seem to be bad, change it, or borrow a friend’s who have the same kind of RAM as you on your board, switch RAM and play RAM-hungry games for a while to see if the problem is really your RAM.

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