How to solve nvlddmkm.sys problem with NVidia graphics on Vista
Posted on 2008-11-09
I have an Acer Aspire 9813 with an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 running a clean install of Windows Vista (which I have upgraded to SP1). I am using the RTM drivers included with Vista, for reasons which I will explain shortly.
The system will regularly start displaying the current view somewhat similar to a cracked mirror, with the various parts of the desktop in segments all over the screen. This can continue until the system is rebooted, however occasionally the screen will blank until it recovers (normal display with Aero turned off) with the message 'nvlddmkm.sys has stopped responding and has recovered'.
I have attempted to find drivers from NVIDIA, however they do not provide drivers for this GPU. The drivers provided on the manufacturer's website stop with the error 'The NVIDIA Setup program could not locate any drivers that are compatible with your current hardware. Setup will now exit. I have also attempted to find updated drivers through the device property page with no luck.
I have installed all of the available Windows Updates, as well as flashed the BIOS to the latest version. Is the problem hardware related, or is it the drivers, and if so how do I solve it?