THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER blue screen error most probably was caused by faulty video card driver or damaged video card. If you meet this error, try solutions in this post to fix it. All solutions work for Windows 10, 7, 8, XP & Vista.
When the blue screen issue appear, restart your PC. After that, you can successfully use Windows again.
Depending on your PC you may receive one of the following errors:
- STOP Error 0xEA: THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER
- The THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER bug check has a value of 0x000000EA.
Few of the cause which can lead to Thread Stuck In Device Driver error are:
- Corrupt or old device drivers
- Driver conflict after installing new hardware.
- Error 0xEA blue screen caused by a damaged video card.
- Old BIOS
- Bad Memory
Solutions for the problem are given below
1Update the graphics drivers
1.Press Windows Key + R then type “devmgmt.msc” (without quotes) and hit enter to open Device Manager.
2.Expand Display Adapters then right click on your Graphic Card and select Update Driver Software.
3.Now select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and let the process finish.
4.If it wasn’t able to update your graphic card then again select Update Driver Software.
5.This time select “Browse my computer for driver software.“
6.Next, select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.“
7.Select the appropriate driver from the list and click Next.
8.Let the process complete and then restart your PC.
9.Alternatively, go to your manufacturer’s website and download the latest drivers.
2Keep computer and video card adequately cool
Overheating can cause your video card’s chipset to lock up, so make sure your PC and your video card are adequately cooled.
3Upgrade power supply
If you are using a desktop PC, try upgrading your computer’s power supply. If the power supply is in poor quality, it will be unable to provide adequate power to all your computer’s components. In this case, it may result in a “brown out” of sorts in your system. Remove the old power supply and replace it with a more appropriate one. If you are sure how to do this, go to the near computer repair shop for check and have it fixed.
4Replace video card
If the video card is damaged, the problem would occur. After trying above solutions, if the problem persists, your video card might be broken. You may need to replace it with a new one.
5Perform a Windows update
Sometimes pending Windows update can cause a problem with the drivers, hence it’s recommended to update Windows.
1.Press Windows Key + I then click Update & Security in Settings window.
2.Next, click on “Check for updates” to check for latest updates of Windows from Microsoft.
3.If any pending updates are found, download and install all updates.
4.Once updates are installed, reboot your PC.
6Update BIOS (Basic Input/output System)
Performing BIOS update is a critical task and if something goes wrong it can seriously damage your system, therefore, an expert supervision is recommended.
1.The first step is to identify your BIOS version, to do so press Windows Key + R then type “msinfo32” (without quotes) and hit enter to open System Information.
2.Once the System Information window opens locate BIOS Version/Date then note down the manufacturer and BIOS version.
3.Next, go to your manufacturer’s website for e.g in my case it’s dell so I will go to dell website and then I will enter my computer serial number or click on the auto detect option.
4.Now from the list of drivers shown I will click on BIOS and will download the recommended update.
Note: Do not turn off your computer or disconnect from your power source while updating the BIOS or you may harm your computer. During the update, your computer will restart and you will briefly see a black screen.
5.Once the file is downloaded, just double click on the Exe file to run it.
6.Finally, you have updated your BIOS and this may resolve the error also.
7Fix for ATI-based laptops
Windows 10 Thread Stuck In Device Driver errors have occurred on quite a few laptops that use ATI graphics cards. Here’s how to fix it.
1. Navigate to Control Panel, Hardware and Sound and Power Options.
2. Select ‘Change plan settings’ next to the selected preferred plan.
3. Select ‘Change advanced power settings.
4. Find ATI Graphics Power Settings and select ‘maximized performance’.
5. Click Save changes and reboot.
8Hardware Acceleration to none
Setting the Hardware Acceleration option to None could fix the error. However, by doing so, you might reduce your video card’s functionality and performance.
Follow these steps:
- Click Start
displayin the search results
- Select Display from the list
- Go to Change Display Settings
- Click Advanced Settings
- Go to Troubleshoot
- Click Change Settingsv
- Drag the Hardware Acceleration slider to None
- Click OK
- Restart your computer
9Replace video card
Because the 0x100000ea error is caused by a video device or driver, try replacing the video card from your computer with a new one.
10Repair Corrupted System Files
The Thread Stuck in Device Driver error in Windows 10 could also occur due to corrupted system files. You could utilize the built-in System File Checker (SFC) utility to repair corrupt files on your computer. Follow these steps:
Step 1. Right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin)
Step 2. In the command prompt window, enter sfc /Scannow and hit Enter
Note: There’s a space between “sfc” and “/”.
Step 3. The System File Checker tool will scan out the corrupt files and then repair them.
This method works just in case the error is caused by a damaged or a faulty device attached to your computer.
- Shut down your computer.
- Remove any device attached to your computer including printer, scanner, video card, sound card and graphic card.
- Start your computer to see whether or not the error persists.
- Elimination of the Thread Stuck in Device Driver error means that one or several of the devices is either damaged or faulty.
- Replace each device one after another, shutting down and restarting your computer every time to identify the faulty device, which you need to replace.
This Method might take some time but will ensure what is causing the error for you. It is better to dig deep and find the error, rather than just looking at the Blue Screen each time you start your PC or laptop.
12Restore system to fixed thread stuck in device driver
Restoring your computer system to an earlier date when it worked without any error message can be helpful in reversing any adverse changes that may be causing the error.
- Click “Start” >All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.
- A list of all restore points that you would have Created earlier or were created automatically will be shown to you.
- Restore your computer system to an earlier date in the resultant dialog box.
- Select the latest restore point from the confirmation box that appears and follow the onscreen instruction. System restore should start automatically.
- You need to let restoration process to complete. Your computer should restart once the process is complete.
Restoring your system might solve Thread Stuck in Device Driver error and some other issue too that are arising recently. This should resolve the error.
13Fresh install Windows to fix Thread Stuck in Device Driver
Performing fresh installation of Windows OS may be the only option remaining in case any of the above methods does not work for you. You will need to backup all your files and other documents before you undertake the installation. Note that you will need to download necessary Windows and device drivers after the installation.