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Graphics driver stopped responding and has recovered

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When using the PC even with simple tasks like watching a YouTube Video, I get a short black screen followed by the error message “graphics driver stopped responding and has recovered” and sometimes the browser is not responding. When this happens while playing a game (even not graphic intensive games) the game is not responding 100% of the times. Sometimes the error message does not even appear.
List anything you've done in attempt to diagnose or fix the problem.
Reinstall and update graphics card driver (over installation CD and online downloads)
Clean install and update windows 10
Clean install and update windows 7
Look for motherboard BIOS updates (non found)
Observed CPU and GPU temperatures (normal)
Returned graphics card to supplier to have it checked (works perfectly)
Installed graphics card in a completely different system (no issues at all)
Followed this display driver fix:
Followed this fix by uninstalling Chrome
Followed this processing times fix for 64bit systems
Tested my RAM with the built in RAM tester from windows (no memory errors detected)
Ran Memtest86+ without any errors
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Unfortunately I do not have a second graphics card to test if the problem is still present with a completely different GPU. I am quite certain that there is some kind of driver or compatibility issue, rather than a hardware problem, but at this point I don’t know what else to do. Which is why I am tempted to buy the i3 7100 with some new motherboard, even though I wouldn’t get much of a performance increase (if any). So please do let me know if you have any other ideas on what I could try to fix this.

Note: This has already been posted on reddit by me, but since it has not yet been resolved I am trying to reach more people.

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I've yet to find a fix.

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That is, not once has my fix been the same two times in a row. Once in a while it's the PSU, the next it's drivers and then I run into BIOS, motherboards and cards.

That's the challenge. What is it this time?

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"That's the challange" -- exactly!

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Unfortunately, I do not know how to fix it, duh. I am considering buying a new PSU, but only if necessary of course. I am hesitant to buy a new CPU because this gets expensive quickly since I'd also need a new motherboard and CPU cooler. Thank you for you quick reply!

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Here's some old advice.

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A tech friend said this long ago. "If you don't know what part is bad, replace the cheapest part first."

In the case of PCs and this issue, the drivers, BIOS and such are free. So be sure the BIOS is current, then reset the BIOS to stock values and then move on to motherboard drivers, video and audio drivers.

ALSO, sometimes you will find a game that will ALWAYS AND FOREVER DO THIS. I run into that and there is no fix until the game is fixed. There might be workarounds but I have to know that game and google if there is a workaround.

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Replace the cheapest part first

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Yes, that was my thinking as well.
There is no specific game when this happens. I have tried several different ones from Minecraft to GTA V. It even sometimes happens when just watching youtube.

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I read it stuck when the GPU was changed.

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Who would have thought

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Okay, so I tried updating the BIOS again (eventhoug I did this before), though this time the process was slightly different as far as I remember (the last time I did this was several months ago). After I successfully installed the "new" (2012) BIOS update, windows 10 had issues booting up. So I also reinstalled win7 (only win CD I have), insalled all win7 updates, then upgraded to win10, and also installed updates. Funny enough, when win7 was installed, I installed the graphics drivers to test it, and it actually worked fine for about 30min when the first blacks creen came back. So I uninstalled graphics driver again and upgraded to 10, where with the win10 graphics driver everything works fine now. What a hassle! Thanks for all the support.

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Tip. Write a small note to yourself about this.

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It can be short, on a sticky note how to get a good load onto the PC.

The BIOS matters since it contains CPU microcode updates. Sort of like drivers for the CPU at the machine level. I'll only write the short versions here. But it's why when I start a new install I start with the BIOS update, reset the BIOS to defaults and then begin the install.

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