File-It-Under: Therapeutic tech By: D.F.Skin
Often enough repeated crashes from your Nvidia graphic card the spews out this dreaded error message: "NVIDIA display driver stopped responding and has recovered" is not usually not a good thing.There are various contributing factors that can cause this graphic card to produce this type of error which in turn results in random video crashes or in some cases can cause your machine to reboot. It could be the obvious the display driver,an overheated graphic card,or something simple as a damaged VGA,HDMI and DisplayPort cable,or maybe your graphic card is not seated properly into its PCIe slot.
First thing you want to always do when you experience any suspect problems with your hardware is shift out problematic issues that may be causing your hardware to behave in an erratic fashion, in this case we are dealing with a NVIDIA graphic card that is having random crashes and stop errors. You can start by doing the obvious and that's uninstall and re-install your driver to your graphic card,or you can simply download the latest drivers that NVIDIA has put out on their website. Usually outdated hardware drivers can lead to instability issues with your computer.
If you'er still getting the same error message along with video crashing,you might want to open up your computer case and examine your graphic card,check and see if its seated properly in its PCIe slot. If its not seated properly,pull the graphic out genteelly and push the card back in to the PCIe slot.
If that doesn't do the trick,then the graphic card may have issues with cooling,you might have a problem with a fan that's not rotating properly to stave off the heat build up from the graphic cards processor. You can also have a accumulation of dust build up that can compromise the rotation speed of the fan. There is a tool that you can use to check and see if the graphic may be exceeding its standard temperature call SpeedFan,its an open source app which you can download for free. This app basically checks the core temperature of all your working hardware in your computer system. Your core temp on your graphic should read 53 C' degrees during its idle state,if its higher than 73 C' degrees or higher in its idle state, then you have a problem. Try blowing off the dust that's accumulated on your graphic card and see if that does the trick.
If blowing the dust off fail to stop the sudden error messages,then it more than likely its a bad HDMI and DisplayPort cable. In fact this happen to me,a simple cable that connects the graphic card to the monitor was defective, which caused all types of issues resulting in error messages and system crashes. Since I changed the HDMI cable a few months back,I haven't had no issues,problem solved.
If all fails,then you may have to replace the entire graphic card which will cost you some bucks,but at least you'll be working with a brand new issue free graphic card.