If the program tried to use computer graphics rendering capabilities and failed, Windows 10 will likely run a blue screen error that looks like this: “THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER”. 0x000000EA is the shutdown code for that particular blue screen error, which could be caused by a faulty display driver or video card. Whatever the cause, here are some suggestions for checking to fix this blue screen error.
If you try to play a video game or use multimedia on a Windows computer and your system suddenly freezes on a blue screen and you see an error code 0x000000EA, you can rest easy. You won’t be stuck with it forever. Here are two proven solutions for fixing error 0x000000EA. Read on to find out how.
The stop code 0x000000EA translates to THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER. This happens when your graphics card driver goes into an infinite loop, waiting for your graphics card to idle. This is usually due to a problem with the video card driver, or, less commonly, the video card. Follow the methods below, prepared by Techquack, to get rid of it.
What causes blue screen error 0x000000EA?
In most cases, when people are unable to boot their Windows Vista/7/8/10 laptop and get a blue screen with stop error 0x000000EA, it is often suggested to check if it is a problem caused by a computer device driver or video card, for example:
PC devise driver problems
Honestly, in everyday use, some computer device driver problems can bring PC users like 0x000000EA blue screen of screen death problem. And here are the common causes related to devising drivers:
- Outdated PC device drivers
- New PC device drivers are not installed correctly
- New PC device drivers are not compatible with them.
- The device drivers you are using are corrupted/faulty.
Of course, if your computer drivers are infected with a virus, the same problems can occur with the 0x000000EA shutdown error code.
Graphics/video card problems
And, if your computer is having graphics or graphics card problems, you may also be stuck in the blue screen branch if there is a problem with the device driver. And here are some important causes related to the video card:
- Your computer’s video card is overheating.
- The computer video card is lost / improperly connected
- The PC video card is completely damaged.
And, in some cases, if the Windows system on your computer is having problems, the same thing will happen with the BSOD 0x000000EA shutdown error.
How to fix blue screen error 0x000000EA?
Change the hardware acceleration
The “hardware acceleration” of your graphics card shows how much Windows relies on it to run graphics on your PC. If you enable hardware acceleration, your computer will use it in all graphics-intensive games and applications with the highest settings and options. And if you don’t speed it up, your computer will run graphics on your Windows system. Disabling hardware acceleration can eliminate error 0x000000EA, you need to disable hardware acceleration.
Remove conflicting video card drivers
A missing, outdated, or corrupt device driver is usually the most suspected culprit for a BSOD error, and error 0x000000EA can occur due to graphics drivers. Replacing the driver with the default driver may solve the problem. However, before replacing the driver, you must first uninstall the current driver from the graphics card. Use the Display Driver Uninstaller utility to uninstall. You can also uninstall without the Display Driver Uninstaller program, but it guarantees the absence of the remaining drivers.
In addition, old CPU audio drivers may conflict with GPU audio support for your high-definition audio support driver. Therefore, also update your CPU audio driver. If you do not use the GPU high-definition audio support, you can disable it.
After updating the graphics drivers, check to see if the problem is resolved.
Physically check the graphics card
Driver errors are often related to hardware bugs, which can lead to BSOD errors, and the system video card can have hardware problems such as overheating.
To find out if the problem is with the graphics card or video card, try using the same video card on another Windows laptop/computer to see if the card is damaged or physically defective. If it is damaged, replace it with a new card. Also, if the card is fan type, it is likely to get clogged. Therefore, it is always a good idea to clean the computer and especially the video card from dust, etc.
After cleaning your system, check if the blue screen error 0x000000EA has been eliminated.
Remove CPU/GPU overclocking
CPU and GPU overclocking is a common practice in the computer world. If you are using an overclocked CPU/GPU and the blue screen error 0x000000EA is displayed, your system cannot handle overclocking. In this case, resetting the overclock to a base clock frequency may solve the problem.
Warning: Enabling or disabling overclocking uses the same technology, and if you do it wrong, you can damage the system and cause irreparable damage to the whole system. So do it at your own risk.
After disabling overclocking, check if the problem is solved, otherwise move on to the next solution.
Updating the system BIOS
The BIOS is first loaded when you turn on your computer with all the I/O devices connected, and then the operating system is loaded. If the BIOS fails to connect and charge any of the devices, it may cause a 0x000000EA Blue Screen error. Therefore, updating the BIOS may solve the problem.
Warning: Do so at your own risk, as interrupting or not updating the BIOS can cause the computer to crash and cause permanent damage to the entire system.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Write down the termination code on the Windows blue screen.
- Try contacting a troubleshooter for the error code.
- Check your computer for the latest changes.
- Check for Windows and driver updates.
- Perform a system restore.
- Check for malicious programs.
- Test your computer hardware.
- Run SFC analysis.
Can the blue screen of death be fixed? Your computer cannot recover from a BSOD error. You will need to reboot your device to repair the blue screen of the deadly crash. In fact, most BSOD error messages will ask you to reboot your computer to fix the error or take corrective action.
BSODs can be caused by poorly written device drivers or faulty hardware, such as faulty memory, power problems, component overheating, or hardware operating outside of its specifications. In the Windows 9x days, incompatible DLLs or bugs in the operating system kernel could also cause BSoDs.
- Click on the Advanced Startup option.
- Select the Troubleshooting option.
- Click the Advanced options option.
- Click on the Startup Options option.
- Click on the "Restart" button.
- After your computer restarts, press the F4 (or 4) key to select the Enable Safe Mode option.
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