nVidia Windows Vista Driver Update – Will it Solve nvlddmkm Driver Issue?

Check out my previous article on the nVidia / Windows Vista nvlddmkm driver problems: Display Driver Stopped Responding and Has Recovered – nvlddmkm nVidia Driver

I have been looking everywhere for a solution to the nvlddmkm driver issue with Windows Vista and nVidia GeForce video cards. Every site I have come across fails to provide any concrete answers, but I just noticed that nVidia has a new version of the driver available on their site (newer than the version I have installed). The most recent version of the ForceWare drivers can be downloaded from nVidia here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winvista_x86_100.65.html I recently installed these drivers and as of right now, everything seems to be working fine… knock on wood. I’ll update this post with the success (or failure of these drivers) but as of right now, everything appears to be stable.

These are the Windows Vista 32-bit drivers. Specs as follows:

ForceWare Release 100
Version: 100.65
Release Date: February 20, 2007
WHQL Driver

Be sure to follow the nVidia suggested installation tips:

  • “Download Accelerator” utilities should be disabled when downloading any drivers.
  • Do not run virus protection software in the background while installing the drivers. This prevents the driver from configuring itself properly.
  • Before installing new drivers make sure you uninstall all NVIDIA display drivers from the Windows Control Panel. Browse to the Start Menu > Windows Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and search for “NVIDIA Windows Display Drivers” or “NVIDIA Display Drivers” and select remove.

Additional Nvidia nvlddmkm.sys driver information can be found here.

121 thoughts on “nVidia Windows Vista Driver Update – Will it Solve nvlddmkm Driver Issue?”

  1. my hp pavillion dv9000 with a 8600m gs graphic card has the nvlddmkm.sys problem to and found a post which goes like:-

    Fix: Go to windows/system32/drivers and rename nvlddmkm.sys to
    nvlddmkm.sys.old. Go to the nvidia directory and find the file nvlddmkm.sy_
    and copy it to windows/system32/drivers.Using the cmd window (DOS box) type
    EXPAND.EXE nvlddmkm.sy_ nvlddmkm.sys.When the expansion is complete, copy
    the new nvlddmkm.sys to windows/system32/drivers and restart the computer.

    i fixed my problem with the 186.81 nviadia driver for like a day but this might help others out, as i know the pain…
    i did as above, where it say use the cmd window(dos box) make sure ur in admistrator. those who dont know what to do, go start menu, all programs, accessories, right click command prompt and run as admistrator. once there, it reads c:\ windows\system32>(type) cd drivers and enter, now it reads like c:\ windows\system32\drivers>(type) EXPAND.EXE nvlddmkm.sy_ nvlddmkm.sys and enter, this will expand it and put a new nvlddmkm.sys file in ur windows\ system32\drivers folder. find it and look at the properties and will tell you its the new driver file. then i updated/installed the new driver and worked, after a restart. if it dont work, delete the new file and rename the original back to its proper name. GOOD LUCK to every1 who reads this as this MIGHT be a solution, not saying it is but worth a shot. peace

  2. my hp pavillion dv9500 cto with nvidia 8600m gs had same issue.
    Did some reasearch and the problem has to to with vista time delay. Downloaded new driver version 195.55 and inf from http://www.laptopvideo2go.com and intstalled new inf with the have disk option and now been 2 days no errors. Set games at highest graphic levels and still no error.

  3. I would normally want to be welcomed to a forum, but not this one. You have another gamer (Eve) whom is also getting this error. This after running Eve for 1 1/2 years with no problem & the past 4 months with 2 characters running, while surfing the web (youtube/hulu) &/or watching movie (VLC) & DLing torrents at 300+ KB/s. Now I just get to the log in page of Eve & this error starts. Mind that this is after a complete wipe of my Dell XPS420 Vista Ultimate 3G RAM Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q 6600 @ 2.40 NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT on ASUS mobo. It actually gave me almost half a day’s play on Eve. I have updated drivers, rolled back drivers, completely uninstalled Eve & reinstalled, lowered all the settings to lowest, tweaked NVIDIA’s settings, changed the bios menu to default settings & cussed out the whole mess of it all. I do have a complete XP disc which will be installed after a format of the main drive & reinstall of Vista with no upates & a removal & cleaning of the v-card’s case doesn’t work. The card does run HOT, but always has. Side is off the tower & I keep it cool here. Will try to invest in a fan card as it can’t hurt. What sucks the most is I just paid $134 for my yearly fees for Eve & my ancient Dell laptop ($3000 in ’04) has lines forming thru the screen, prob as a result of overheating & damage to that v-card & this is after a complete replacement of the mobo in ’05 & very limited use of it as it was for travel. Oy vey

  4. The driver that installed is a little tricky to install due to its not a standard driver. It what i call a after market driver. I have had this driver installed now for about 2 weeks now and no errors as of yet it works great. Here again is driver and website that i got it from try this is should fix issue. driver version 195.55 http://www.laptopvideo2go.com. the site has very detailed install instructions on how to get installed due to most vista drivers have to be digitally signed, this one is not.

  5. Hy. I have notebook ASUS M50Vn and I have this problem to. Can any tell me what I must to do, to fix it?


  6. bryan, it didnt work for me. i am gonna take the case off the video card & give it a fine cleaning. wipe my pc again & if those two dont work, install xp. will report back.

  7. Jessica is this what you did?

    Make sure you download 2 files from the site. 1) download the newest driver for your system. the newest one should be 195.62. 2) get the inf file also. Then extract the driver to a folder. Then copy the INF file that you downloaded to the folder where you ectracted the driver files. Copy and over write the INF that was in the folder. Click on the “setup” launcher from within the folder you created with the driver files in it. (If you dont put the new INF file in the driver folder the driver will not install. it say something to the detail of could not find hardware installed) You should get a pop up saying that this drive is not certified and do you want to install it. Go ahead and install it. It should go through a normal install process when it finished restart you pc and test with your program or game it was having issues with… Hope this works for you

  8. Hey guys, i’ve been a part of the club for about 2 years now, my 9800 GT 1024mb DDR3 model has been a roller coaster. when I built my custom computer, I had 2 DOA motherboards, and this graphics issue.

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Processor
    2gb OCZ 1066 DDR3 SLI Ready RAM
    500gb SeaGate HDD
    850watt Corsair PSU
    nVidia 9800 GT 1024mb DDR3 Graphics Card
    Cooler Master/ATX HAF 932 Case; 3 230mm fans, 2 140mm fans.

    The only thing I have left to try is to upgrade to Windows 7. My brother and dad have it, and actually like it, they say its alot easier to handle. So im gonna do that over this vacation.


  9. i have a HP desktop. 2 years old. the main problems are 2:
    1. overheating… especially on left half.
    2. display driver nvlddmkm stopped working and recovered..
    i think i can reformat the pc completely and go for windows 7.

    will it work..?
    looking for the best solution…

  10. I’ve reformatted my computer, upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista and now get the “display driver has stopped working and recovered”, unfortuanately it often closes down without recovering and requires a hard boot. I”ve read so many suggestions on here and I wonder if any of them do truly work. I have just replaced my card as when I called HP they said it sounded like a card issue ( I had a new card replaced in Dec/09). This is so frustrating….does anyone have any tried and true solutions??

  11. I’ve too have the same problem on my laptop
    OS: Windows Vista, Service Pack 1, 32bit
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS
    Driver version: 197.16

    Anyone please help

  12. I have went online help chat with the nvidia, HP & microsoft…
    initially they get me to change the driver version of my graphics card… but no matter how i change, uninstall & reinstall the driver… the problem still exist…
    in the end… my laptop manufacturer HP, advise me to do a system recovery on my laptop… returning everything to its factory settings…
    And so.. i did that… till now… for almost 1 month… i did not see that error message…

  13. Been looking at internet for a long time now for a solution to the nvdia driver not working and has ‘successfully’ recovered…sometimes I dont get this message and game just freezes with a stuttering sound. It would seem after 3 years of people having this problem the only solution they came up with was windows 7…..im utterly disappointed in microsoft vista team and I will never purchase another nvidia product….ever.
    I know it might not be a solution but i think i will revert back to windows xp as i cant afford windows 7 and I have zero confidence they will address any issues related to the graphics card.

    vista 64
    Athlon 64 x2 5000+ Black Edition
    M2N Deluxe Motherboard
    geforce 8800GT Graphics
    4 Gig Ram

  14. Now this is brilliant. I have a brand new I7 system with a GeForce GTX 470 and I keep getting the same bloody error. I have a fresh install of windows 7 x64 with the latest nVidia drivers. Everytime I try anything with a more demanding 3D, first the driver error and recovery then system freeze or auto reboot. There really is nothing I could do to remedy the problem?

  15. I have the same problem with vista 64 and i had the problem using 2 250GTS cards sli and 1 275GTX and 2 275GTX sli, my driver issue did not begin until I started using nvidia’s 3d vision. I would love a fix because it is very annoying to be interrupted while immersed in a game.

  16. Hey everyone. Just started getting this message severely after I installed FFXIV. Haven’t been able to play yet and its annoying as hell. (Pardon my language).

    I’ve reinstalled the game, the Display Drivers, run all the updates that Microsoft demanded and still nothing.

    Any word on a permanent fix?

  17. To all that seem to be having issuses with the nvidia chip. Need to Google nvidia defect. You find out that nvidia die having issue not working right by getting too hot and then getting errors. And since vista is graphic demanding does not help. I reconfigured my laptop with my geforce 8600 to windows xp for about 1 year now and no issuses from my chip has happened since.

  18. ok I have this error one one very close to it. However!, I am using an ATI radeon HD 4800 series. I am not sure that everyones conclusion that getting an ATI will help.

  19. hey guys i think VISTA has this bug and not the drivers..
    to all who doesnt know windows vista is like a pilot test for windows 7

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