How To Fix an AMD Driver Timeout Error

The “driver timeout” message box is among the most common errors an Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) user may experience with an AMD card. With various games and applications, this problem affects all AMD card types. For some users, applications will crash, with or without the error box displayed on a black screen. Others need to force the system to restart.

How To Fix an AMD Driver Timeout Error

In this article, we’ll show you how to work your way through some of the most common issues caused by the AMD driver timeout.

AMD Driver Timeout Error: What’s the Cause?

There are several reasons why the AMD display drivers might keep crashing with the timeout issue. The following are the main causes:

  • Old Operating System (OS). If your OS is not up to date, the latest AMD driver may not work, leading to the timeout problem.
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  • Less size of system virtual memory. The AMD driver won’t load if your system’s virtual memory is not large enough.
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  • Out of date, corrupt, or incompatible drivers. The timeout problem may be in an AMD driver that is out of date, corrupt, or not compatible with the system.
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  • Improper Radeon configuration. The AMD driver may take a while to load as a result of many improper Radeon configurations of the AMD Radeon software settings. This leads to the timeout problem. These options could include the FreeSync feature, the Shaders Cache, etc.
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  • Corrupted system files or the Windows registry. They can result in several errors, including the AMD driver timeout. They can interfere with the system’s ability to boot.
  • Overclock and overheat. If this situation arises, disable the overclocking settings. Often, when you overclock a CPU or GPU, the system overheats and begins to crash.
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  • Incompatible RAM and any defective system hardware could cause driver issues.

Before you do anything, make sure your Windows OS is up to date. Updating your OS can fix the AMD driver timeout detected. But if that doesn’t solve your problem, try some of the fixes below.

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  • Update the AMD driver. Updating the graphic driver can often resolve the AMD driver timeout. You can use Driver Easy to update your AMD driver. With one scan of your PC, this tool can update your drivers as well as resolve many other driver problems. You can also do it yourself. Go to the AMD Settings and in the Update section, select “Check for Updates.” Download and install any AMD driver updates that are available. Restart your computer to see if the AMD timeout problem still exists.
  • Reinstall the AMD driver. To resolve the driver timeout issue, uninstall and reinstall the AMD driver. Make sure to first turn off Windows Update, antivirus software, and LAN/Wi-Fi connections after uninstalling a driver before restarting your computer. Use the default installation options when installing the AMD drivers again. Reboot your computer and turn on the LAN and Wi-Fi. Finally, enable Windows Update and see if the driver timeout problem is gone.

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Are You Still Having an Issue?

If the problem persists and only affects a specific program or game, see if reinstalling that application fixes it. Make sure the games are using the correct DirectX version as some games prefer to use DirectX 11. If a browser displays the driver timeout issue, see if turning off its hardware acceleration fixes the issue. Some users claimed that keeping the AMD Radeon software minimized resolved the issue for them. If the problem is still there or if it reappears, have your GPU checked for a hardware malfunction.

Have you ever had an AMD Driver Timeout error before? Did you solve the problem? Let us know in the comments section below.


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