Windows 8 users, has anything worked for you?

It seems that Windows 8 users still have received the atikmdag stopped responding error. Any success on a solution? I moved over to Mac hardware so I no longer have access to a PC to try and fix this problem. Let me know!

June 13th, 2013

A little bit of info on the atikmdag error.

I want to share a little about what I’ve learn from this driver error. The main culprit for me was the Fusion HDTV 5 TV tuner which had a “Power Up” cable that I plugged onto the motherboard. After installing that TV tuner, I’ve started receiving errors while watching movies, but never during games. Once I pulled the “Power Up” cable out, everything was back to normal. Compare this with what others are experiencing, most people get the error while playing WoW (World of Warcraft) or other heavy graphical games. It’s obviously something different that’s causing the problem. My point I’m trying to make is that the atikmdag error isn’t a specific error. It’s a generic error message that applies to most display problems. It’s basically saying “Something caused your video card to crash…” whether it’s ram issues, overheating issues, or simply a bad video card… So there isn’t a single permanent fix, just many fixes for many different causes. Also, it isn’t just an ATI problem, nVidia receives the same error in the form “atikmdag stopped responding and has recovered.” Some people have reported that switching over to ATI seemed to have worked for them. From what I’ve seen, it doesn’t matter if you have ATI or nVidia. It worked for them mainly because they had a bad video card and got a new one.
Also, you might be asking: When I install XP, everything is fine, but in Vista, I get this error. This is a sign that the problem most likely doesn’t lie in the hardware, but the software. A fresh format on your computer may do the trick.
Hopefully that explains a lot. I’ll keep you posted.

May 10th, 2009

Method 10: Replacing the old version of atikmdag.sys with an updated copy.

Make sure you have your ATi drivers updated. If you are unsure of what you are doing, make sure to have someone who has experience in modifying system files. Navigate to your C:Windows\System32\drivers (assuming Windows is installed in C: with default path). Look for atikmdag.sys and hover your mouse over it. If this driver version number is different from the latest driver version, it needs to replaced. So what you do is:

1. Download the latest driver version and extract the contents of the .exe file (this should happen when you double click on the .exe, if not, use 7zip to extract it).
2. Rename your current atikmdag.sys file to atikmdag.sys.old.
3. Look for atikmdag.sy_ in the folder where you extracted the latest drivers.
4. Copy atikmdag.sy_ to WindowsSystem32drivers folder.
5. Open command prompt in Administrator mode (start menu->programs->accessories->right click command prompt->Run as Administrator).
6. Navigate to your Windows\System32\drivers folder. (example cd C:\Windows\System32\drivers)
7. Type expand atikmdag.sy_ atikmdag.sys
8. Reboot computer.

For most people, this has solved the problem completely. If the problem still exists, don’t worry, this method didn’t work for me either.

May 10th, 2009

Method 9: Remove DreamScene

I’ve thought I posted this already, but I haven’t. Anyways people have reported that disabling Dreamscene (playing video in the background) will fix the problem. To disable Dreamscene:  Goto appearance and personalization in Control Panel. Select Personalization. Select Desktop Background. Select any thing other than Windows Dreamscene Content. Select a background and click Ok. That should disable Dreamscene.

May 10th, 2009

Method 8: Remove unnecessary power.

In my previous solution (method 7) I’ve suggested to remove PCI cards (mainly TV Tuner cards). The problm was not the pci card itself but the external power it needed. There was a connector that I plugged in from my PCI card to the motherboard. When I removed the PCI cards, the power connector was removed. Now I’ve re-added the TV tuner cards without plugging the external power and everything is fine. So check your power plugs and remove any unwanted power!

May 10th, 2009

Method 7: Remove unused PCI cards

I have a FusionHDTV 5 PCI HDTV tuner and a Pinnacle PCI HDTV tuner. I’ve removed both and the error has stopped so far. So try removing all of your PCI cards and see if the error stops. Then add the PCI cards one by one back. If the error comes back, then you’ll know which PCI card is bad.

May 10th, 2009

Method 6: Uninstall KB952287

Apparently after installing this hotfix, many users have experienced the dreadful atikmdag error. To uninstall: control panel -> Programs and Features -> Uninstall KB952287.

May 10th, 2009

Method 5: Hotfixes

There’s a couple of hotfixes available. Some say that this has fixed it for them while others have said it does not work. Try it and post your findings!

May 10th, 2009

Method 4: Use windows default drivers.

This is a personal fix for me, so far I have received way less atikmdag messages. Basically goto your “Programs and Features” and uninstall the ati driver. Then on next reboot, Windows should automatically install the windows default nvidia drivers for your card.

May 10th, 2009

Method 3: Misc fixes.

  1. Downclock your video clock speeds and/or ram speeds.
  2. Try a different set of ram sticks in your computer.
  3. Run memory tests overnight (Google memtest for free memory testing software). I’ve found Prime95 to be quick in finding any bad memory sticks you may have.
  4. Turn off Aero theme (control panel -> Personalize -> Theme -> Windows Classic
  5. Administrative tools > Task Scheduler > Scroll down till you see TMM. Double click ‘TMM’. Right click it and select disable.
  6. Install better cooling solutions to your video card/case.
  7. Right click a shortcut to whatever game you are running -> properties -> compatibility mode -> set it for Windows XP. Then run the game.
May 10th, 2009