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How To Fix GPU Keeps Crashing [FIXED]

Learn how to fix the issue by updating drivers, cleaning the GPU, and more.

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In today’s world, most computer tasks require a GPU to perform optimally. Whether gaming, video editing, or designing, a high-performance GPU is a must-have. Unfortunately, as much as GPUs are robust and beneficial, they can also be prone to crashes, which affects the entire system’s functionality. A computer’s GPU is essential for gaming, but sudden crashes can occur due to various reasons: old hardware, Outdated graphics driver, overheating, faulty power supply, overclocking, or incompatible settings.

Key Takeaways
  • GPU is a vital computer part that requires extra maintenance for long-lasting operation.
  • GPU crashes for several reasons, such as overclocking, outdated or incompatible drivers, overheating, and faulty PSUs.
  • Reduce the load on the GPU, dust it off, and upgrade your graphics drivers to the most recent and compatible version to fix the issue.

Method Difficulty Rating

Update GPU
Rated: 4/10

Update DirectX
Rated: 5/10

Run SFC Scan
Rated: 4/10

Turn off Apps
Rated: 3/10

Tip: Before we move onto technical fixes, I want you to Check for a Faulty Power Supply, clean the GPU, avoid overclocking and try to Underclock and Water-cool the GPU.

Update GPU Driver

If you encounter a crashing issue on AMD or NVIDIA cards, it might be brought on by outdated GPU drivers, which can be detrimental to the system’s stability and performance. Always keep your GPU drivers updated for consistency.

Tip: Updating your GPU driver regularly can often resolve persistent crashes and improve system stability, so ensure you stay up-to-date with the latest drivers.

  1. Go to Device Manager: Go to Device Manager > Display Adapters to look for your graphics card > right-click on it.
  2. Select Update Drivers: Select Update driver > Search automatically for drivers.
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  3. Install: Follow the prompted instructions to download and install the driver update.

Update DirectX

A group of Windows components known as DirectX can show, render, and compute 3D images, textures, and other graphics or visual-related data. Games also rely on it, but you might face crashes if the DirectX version needs to be updated. 

  1. Type in Search Box: To launch the DirectX Diagnostic Tool, type dxdiag into the search box > press Enter.
  2. Verify: Verify the DirectX version under the System Tab. Move to the method below if it requires an update.
Check Your DirectX Version
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You can only update DirectX on Windows 10 via Windows Update because there isn’t a standalone package.

  1. Go to Settings: To access Windows Settings, press Win+I > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
  2. Install DirectX: Start following screen prompts, and Windows Update will download > install the most recent version of DirectX.
Update Windows
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Run SFC Scan

Utilizing the SFC (System File Checker) scan method has proven highly effective for me. This diagnostic tool helped me systematically scan and repair corrupted system files, thereby enhancing system stability and performance. Following are the steps to run the scan:

  1. Run as Admin: Input CMD after clicking the Windows key > select Run as administrator.
  2. Scan now: Type sfc/scannow, > press Enter.
Run the SFC scan
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When your system is done with the scan, restart it. In addition, we advise using a bottleneck calculator to check the compatibility of your PC’s parts.

Turn Off Background Applications

Addressing recurrent GPU crashes requires a strategic approach. By selectively disabling background applications, I was able to successfully mitigate these issues. This not only enhances system stability but also ensures uninterrupted productivity during critical tasks.

WARNING: Turning off background applications may affect device performance and functionality, proceed with caution.

  1. System Configuration: Hit the Windows key > enter msconfig > choose System Configuration. Choose Selective Startup from the General menu.
  2. Remove and Restart: Remove the selection from Load Starting Items > restart your computer.
Turn Off Background Applications
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After performing this technique, if the crashes stop, try enabling other applications one at a time to see which one is to blame.

Wrap Up

GPU crashing again and again is not desirable, especially when you’re in the midst of playing a game. It’s incredibly frustrating and anger-inducing, as users have expressed on various platforms, such as X and Microsoft, describing how it can result in forced reboots.

Getting rid of this problem is quite easy. Update your GPU drivers first and reseate your GPU in a different PCIE slot. It is important to see if it makes a difference. This problem has frequently been resolved by updating DirectX and disabling background applications, which may have been accumulating space unnecessarily for an extended period.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check my GPU health?

Use the built-in Windows utility to check the health of your PC. Go to Device Manager and open the Details tab of GPU properties, then Device Instance Path to check for any error. But you can use third-party software such as GPU-Z if you don’t have built-in utility.

How to reset the GPU?

Resetting a GPU can be done in several methods, depending on the problem. Some methods are restarting the computer, installing new drivers, power cycling, and reseating the GPU. Remember to turn off the computer, unplug the power supply, remove the GPU, and let it out for a few minutes before power cycling or reseating it.

Does a PC crash because of GPU?

When watching videos/movies or playing games, a faulty graphics card might cause your screen to freeze or crash the computer.

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