thread stuck in device driver

Some people maybe encountered this situation: when you playing game, but your screen suddenly changes to blue. And the error is THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER. Of course, sometimes, it will shows as THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER (atikmdag.sys) or THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER (dxgkrnl.sys).

What Does Thread Stuck In Device Driver Mean?

The thread stuck in device driver means when you running windows 10, the graphic driver running into an infinite loop when it waits for the graphic card to enter the quiescent state. Because the video driver is in a loop state, it will cause the blue screen of death result finally.

So this usually means the hardware has the problem, or the hardware driver is incorrect. So fix the two problems will solve the BSOD thread stuck in device driver error.

There are 4 ways you can do to solve this problem. The way 1 and way 2 is to update graphic driver and update Windows version, it solves this problem in software way. The way 3 and way 4 solve the problem in hardware way.

Method 1: Update Graphic Drivers

1. Reboot computer. If you cannot enter Windows 10 in normal mode, you can enter the safe mode.

2. Enter device manager.

3. Expand Display adapters, and find the video device, here is the Intel(R) HD Graphics 4400.

4. Right-click it and choose Uninstall to uninstall the Intel graphic driver.

uninstall graphic driver

After you uninstall the graphic driver, it will show as Microsoft basic display adapter.

5. Click Scan for hardware changes, windows will detect all the device changes again, and reinstall the device driver.

After that, reboot your computer. Mostly, use device manager to solve this thread stuck in device driver error will have a big possibility of failure.

So after you reboot the computer, if you find this error happens constantly again, you need uninstall the graphic driver and download the driver from the official site. And then install it manually.

Of course, you can use Driver Doctor to help you download and update the graphic driver to solve this device driver error. Driver Doctor can solve the video driver error in 3 steps.

download driver doctor

After download, install and run it on the Windows 10, it will help you scan all your devices including the graphic card, and then help you download and update it to the latest version automatically.

update graphic driver

Of course, it will help you download and update the motherboard driver and other drivers in case of other BSOD errors such as SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION and Driver_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.

Method 2: Windows Update

If your computer had the blue screen of death error, especially caused by the graphic card, you need to consider update Windows version to see if it can be solved or not.

You can click Win icon and choose Settings icon to enter Windows settings window. Then choose Update & security > Windows Update.

check for updates

Check for updates. If there is an update, you need to download and install the updates. After the updates installed, reboot your computer.

Method 3: Cool down Your Computer Especially Graphic Card

Overheating will also a reason causes thread stuck in device driver error in Windows 10. So at first, take care of the CPU and memory running status, close some start-up programs. Then make sure your computer and graphic card cool in case of high temperature stop the graphic chipset lock up and computer shut down & reboot.

Method 4: Replace Graphic Card

Since the driver error will cause the problem, of course the graphic card device error will also cause the problem. So you can try to use a new graphic card to replace it if you have one. If you do not have one and do not know how to do, you can call the manufacturer support or go to near computer repair shop.

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