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Display Driver Crash

Recently I had a major problem with the display driver crashing and restoring. Nothing worked, changing or updating the driver made no difference. I did consult a technical assistant and they did not find the answer I finally opened the PC and clean out the dust, which was really not a major deal and since then I have no more problems. My suggestion: remove the dust once in a while

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Video card has a problem because windows cannot load the drivers (code 31)

Error code 31 is an error displayed in the device manager when the drivers are messed up. "This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)." This code will appear when the graphic card drivers are having issues.Protecting Drivers

To protect your computer system and drivers, always create a restore point before downloading or updating any program.
Right click "My Computer" and select "Properties."
Look under the "System Protection" tab in the System Properties popup box.

Click on the "Create" bottom to set a Restore Point when the computer is healthy and running well. Good computer maintenance means setting a point once a month.

Name the point with a phrase that has meaning to you, like "before driver update."
If a corrupt driver sneaks onto your computer, this Restore Point might be your last defense before you have to re-install the entire operating system.

This error code will only appear in the Device Manager.
Right click "My Computer" and select "Properties" from the menu.

Click "Device Manager" and expand "Display adapters."
Right click on the graphics card and choose "Properties."

Under the "General" tabs is the Device status notification box.
This is where the error message will appear.

Driver Update When you're updating or downloading a graphics card driver, the drive might not install properly. Corrupt files will cause drivers to not load and the message will appear.

In the case of downloaded driver problems, remove the offending driver and re-install from a different download.

Open "Device Manager" and find the problem graphic card entry.
Right click the device and pick "Uninstall" from the menu.

Reboot the computer to force the system to try to restore the driver.
System Restore
When there are major issues with the graphics card drivers, a system restore is one option to fix the problem.

Open up the "Start" menu and type "System Restore" in the run box.
The computer looks for any entry containing "System Restore."

Click "System Restore" under the Programs listing.
This will start the program, and you can restore the computer back to a point when the graphics card drives were working.

Click start control panel administration tools computer management device manager scroll through all of your devices
If you see a yellow question or exclamation mark ? ! or a red X you will need to update the drivers for this device right click select update driver/reinstall driver

if you can see your usb device but its not working scroll to Ports(Com&Ltd) right click to update driver
If you computer came with a motherboard disk the drivers could be on it.

Rather doing a driver hunt which can take hours

Windows XP/Vista/7/8

it might take some time being a freeware driver solution
Note: it will find all of your outdated drivers

This will automatically search for and find the correct driver you will have to update every driver individually once you update you might be asked whether you want to restart or make a system restore point.

Click no to both of these then continue updating each driver free then restart once all of the drivers have been updated.

Mar 18, 2014 | Dell OptiPlex 745 Desktop/ Mini-Tower/...

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Cannot paste

Hi Dane,
Are you sure CTRL and C are working fine separately?
What keyboard are you using? Did you try to update it's driver?
You can also try to connect a different keyboard to the machine and see if the problem persists.
If nothing works I would suggest to remove Adobe Air (since it's the only changes made to the machine before the problem occurred).
In case the previous step not helping, you may try system restore (from control panel).
Good luck!


Feb 24, 2014 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 for...

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Display driver fails while watching videos

Are you watching the video on-line? From the DVD/CD rom drive? What is your OS? Windows 7? 32 or 64bit? Is this a recent occurrence? I'm sure you have done ALL your Windows and HP updates, if on-line have you tried another browser? If you haven already looked the drivers can be found here, choose your OS: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=4290955& Have you verified the machine is clean and free of dust in the fan, vents, heatsink? No Overheating? Getting proper air flow? Only use the drivers from the HP site or Windows updates. Take a look at this: http://wer.microsoft.com/responses/Response.aspx/3319/en-US/5.1.2600.0.00000000.9.9?SGD=4542898f-63c3-41eb-9b3d-a7551af82955

Apr 01, 2013 | HEWLETT-PACKARD Hewlett Packard HP...

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Hi, I have an Acer X193W monitor that recently got an update that I guess was from 2008. When I restarted the computer suddenly everything was brighter colorwise. As in Red looked like pink and everything else was just too bright. I can't change it back to the way it was for some reason. The display was perfect before now everything is too bright. I've tried adjusting the monitor settings manually and it still doesn't really solve the problem. I even adjusted the colors with my graphics card menu. No dice, Red still looks like pink, all my pictures are the wrong color. I think it has to do with the colors it produces now or something. I'll be honest I'm not the most knowledgeable about these things. I just want my display to look like it used to before this stupid update. It was an optional Vista Update. The Display software update released in January 2008 is what the update history says. Can anybody help me restore this back to it's regular settings?

you should be able to uses "system restore" to remove the update or to take the computer back to the time before the update. here is a link for a article that will explain it all. if that doesnt work then you can search acers web site for drivers that are compatible with vista. i think you just have a driver issue. in fact, search for the drivers first then use restore if you have to. here is the article.


i just did a quick Google on Acer x193w vista drivers, and found several spots for drivers, here is 1.


Apr 23, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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