Some users who have installed AMD graphics cards on their Windows 11 or Windows 10 PCs have reported the following problem: During normal computer use or while playing games, the PC screen goes black without warning, then reboots and displays an error message We detected a driver timeout in your system. If you have encountered a similar problem, this article will give you the best solutions to fix it.
If you have encountered this problem, you will get the following full error message:
We have detected that a driver timeout has occurred on your system. An error report has been generated. This report may help AMD find a solution. Do you want to report this problem?
What is causing AMD driver timeout issues on Windows?
- Outdated operating system: If your operating system is out of date, it may not be compatible with the latest AMD driver version and may cause a timeout problem.
- Insufficient system virtual memory: If your system has insufficient virtual memory, the AMD driver may not load properly.
- Outdated, corrupt, or incompatible driver: If the AMD driver itself is outdated, corrupt, or incompatible with your system, this can cause the timeout issue we mentioned.
- Incorrect Radeon settings configuration: There may be various incorrect Radeon settings in the AMD Radeon software which cause the AMD driver to take longer to load, resulting in a timeout problem.
How to solve the AMD driver timeout problem in Windows?
- Press Win + X to open settings.
- In Windows 11, go to Windows Update and click Check for Updates.
- In Windows 10, click Update and Security and click Check for Updates.
- Enter Show Advanced System Settings in the search box and click the result.
- On the Advanced tab, click Performance Options.
- On the Visual Effects tab, turn on the Customize for a better performance option.
- Click Apply -> OK.
Editing the energy plan
- Right-click the Start button and select Windows 11/10 Power Options.
- Click Advanced Power Options -> Create Power Plan.
- Select High Performance and click Next.
- Click Create. Then restart your computer and check if the AMD driver timeout error has been resolved.
Increase Virtual Memory
- On Windows 11/10, type Show Advanced System Settings in the search box and click the result.
- Under Advanced, click Settings under Performance.
- Click Advanced, navigate to Virtual memory, and click Change.
- Uncheck Automatically manage swap file size for all disks and select Custom size.
- Under Initial size, enter the recommended value. Under Maximum size, enter the currently assigned value.
- Click OK to save your changes.
Updating the driver
- Right-click on your desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings.
- Go to Updates -> Check for Updates.
- Download an available AMD driver and install it on your computer.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Launch your AMD Radeon software and click on the Performance tab.
- Then go to the Tuning tab and select Manual.
- Then turn on Power Tuning and increase the power limit by 50%. Then apply the changes.
- Now restart the computer and check if the driver timeout problem is resolved after the restart.
- Damage to your Windows registry or system files.
- Damage or known problems with the graphics driver.
- Unstable overclocking and overheating.
- Defective hardware.
- Restart the graphics driver.
- Update the graphics driver.
- Change the power saving scheme and adjust the visual effects.
- Increase the amount of virtual memory.
- Change the display refresh rate.
- Turn off the quick startup.
- Disable the AMD driver issue notifications.
- Clear the AMD shader cache.