7 ways to fix the nvlddmkm.sys error

7 Ways to Fix the nvlddmkm.sys Error in Windows 10

The nvlddmkm.sys blue screen error is one of the most common errors people get while using their computers. This error can come up in all Windows operating systems, including Windows 10. It usually happens when the user is playing video games or running graphics-intensive programs on their computers.

Whenever this error comes up, it can be very difficult to troubleshoot and fix it because there are so many things that could cause it. Plus, not all users will experience the same symptoms; some may see a blue screen with an error message while others may just get an annoying pop-up prompting them to restart their computer for an update.

The nvlddmkm.sys like the ntoskrnl.exe error is most commonly caused by overclocking. If you haven’t done it yet, you should try going back to default settings. If you’ve defaulted your GPU and the nvlddmkm.sys error persists, make sure that your motherboard BIOS doesn’t have a sharp overclock speed increase after a load threshold is reached (example: set the CPU speed to “x” on boot then scale it down). If this is enabled, it can cause serious damage to your hardware as repeated thermal stress from high loads can knock components loose from their sockets or break them completely.

Here are 7 ways to fix the nvlddmkm.sys error in Windows 10

This is a very common yet vexing issue, and it can be a huge headache if you don’t know how to fix it. Luckily, there are several easy ways to fix this error quickly and successfully.

1. Check For Driver Updates

The very first thing you should do whenever there’s a problem with your computer’s drivers is check for any updates available from the manufacturer of your computer or video card. Sometimes, manufacturers will release new versions of outdated or buggy drivers to address the issues that users have been experiencing. It never hurts to run an update, and you can usually find them on the product website for your specific model. However, sometimes Windows Update will pick up these same driver updates and install them automatically.

2. Update Windows

It’s very likely that your nvlddmkm.sys error message comes from outdated or buggy drivers, but sometimes the trouble originates from an out-of-date version of Windows (or even your specific video card). Before trying anything else, make sure you have installed all available updates for Windows and your video card manufacturer through either Windows Update or directly from their website. Installing these updates will usually include a fresh copy of the necessary files in either 32-bit or 64-bit versions to accommodate both configurations (most systems typically use 64 bit now, so if you’re not sure which you’re using it’s probably 64 bit), which should resolve any issues with older versions of the same files.

3. Uninstall previous drivers

Sometimes older versions of Windows 10 may not update correctly which could lead to problems installing new drivers. To fix this problem you’ll need to uninstall all graphic card drivers through safe mode, update your OS version, then reinstall the correct driver.

4. Incompatible video car driver

Sometimes you may get the error nvlddmkm.sys has stopped working while playing a game, and it can cause your entire system to freeze up or crash. This issue appears when there is an incompatibility issue with the GPU driver and Windows 10. To fix this problem, uninstall and reinstall all graphic card drivers for your video cards (make sure they are compatible).

You need to download the latest version of your graphic card driver from its manufacturer’s website. If you are unable to download or install the new drivers, uninstall all graphic card software related to the video cards in “Device Manager” and then restart your computer again. After removing these drivers, shut down your computer and remove all graphic card hardware. Once done, insert everything back in the system and reboot it again. This will reinstall all hardware with default drivers that can work on Windows 10 without any issues.

5: Update BIOS/Motherboard Drivers

The Windows 10 nvlddmkm is essentially a hardware problem that occurs if motherboard BIOS has some corruption or incompatibility issues with current version of the Windows 10 operating system. To fix it permanently then you must check whether your computer manufacturer has released any updates for your BIOS or not. If they have then you must update it, else visit the manufacturer’s website to download and install the latest available BIOS version compatible with Windows 10.

6: Roll Back Video Drivers

The other way to rule out whether the video card is causing this error or not is by rolling back its drivers. To do that follow these instructions carefully: Right-click on your Start button and select Device Manager. Expand Display adapters category in Device Manager. Right-click on the graphic card name installed in your computer (this will be NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 in our example) and choose ‘Uninstall’. When prompted click ‘Ok’ to confirm driver uninstallation. After uninstalling, restart your computer for changes to take effect. Windows will automatically install the standard Microsoft Basic Display Adapter driver instead of the NVIDIA one. After that click on the ‘Scan for hardware changes’ button under Device Manager. This will re-detect your video card and Windows will install the latest version of your NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics card driver.

NOTE: if you are unable to do the above steps due to an error or your computer is not showing any compatible hardware during the reinstallation process, then proceed with following method to disable Driver Signature Enforcement mode in Windows 10.

7: Disable Driver Signature Enforcement Mode in Windows 10

Step 1: Click on the ‘Start menu, go to ‘Settings’ and then click on ‘Update & Security.

Step 2: Click on the option named “For developers”. It opens a new window. If you can’t find this option, then click on the “Recovery” tab, and under the Advanced Startup section click on the button “Restart now”. This will open a new page. Click on “Troubleshoot”, and finally choose “Advanced options”. Now you will see a new window with a black background. Click on “Startup Settings”, and then press the F7 key (or use arrow keys) to select Disable driver signature enforcement. Your computer will restart after that, press any key when you see the message “Please select the startup option you’d like to use”.

If these solutions haven’t worked for you, make sure that all background programs are disabled when playing games with Nvidia SLI enabled (if you’re using two video cards). Some programs, like ShadowPlay (GeForce Experience) and FRAPS can sometimes conflict with SLI mode. Also, make sure that Optimus is disabled (if you’re using a laptop with Nvidia GPU and Intel integrated graphics) and that High-Bandwidth (SLI) Mode in the Nvidia Control Panel is set to Off.

If none of the above-outlined steps helped solve the BSOD, your computer may need to be repaired. Give our technicians a call today!

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...