So I'm coming with my head in my hands asking for somebody to help me out with my laptop.

My basic system information is as follows: http://pastebin.com/AVeGH8j6

This is only a problem I have experienced in the past few months. Basically, 90% of my games will not run in fullscreen. When I load them up, I merely get a black screen (with game audio as normal). Games that let me move to windowed using Alt+Enter then work fine in windowed mode (once I've played around a bit, as my laptop usually locks up upon game launch; I have to press Alt+Enter and then use the sleep button and load it back up to get it to respond). So if I can get them to run in windowed mode or borderless fullscreen windowed, they work fine.

Initially, I assumed it was a driver problem, so, I uninstalled my current NVidia drivers, used an online guide to delete all traces of them as suggested, then updated to the latest ones to no avail. I have even tried backdating my drivers to the ones that came preloaded. Nothing has worked. At the moment I am running the latest drivers for my GT555M (310.70) and I am still having the same problem.

I also heard it might be something to do with Avast! (my antivirus), so I uninstalled it and tried again - nothing.

Hours of trawling Google has yielded little - it's a major headache for a committed PC gamer! N.B. some of my techy friends have suggested formatting my hard drive or reinstalling my OS, but my recovery disk was made pre-installation of SP1, which I heard makes it effectively useless, and on top of that I'd rather not lose a load of my single user licenses (e.g. MS Office). What could I do to fix this problem?

  • have you tried Java?
    – Paralytic
    Dec 21, 2012 at 0:32
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    Not sure what you mean - Java is fully updated on my computer but don't see how it'd help :(
    – Tom
    Dec 21, 2012 at 0:44
  • Have you taken a look through your process list to see if there are any other programs that might be interrupting your graphics adapters? Maybe try running the games with the machine in safe mode, just as a test.
    – PileOfDuty
    Dec 21, 2012 at 0:49
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    this usually means the wrong resolution is being used
    – l I
    Dec 21, 2012 at 0:52
  • @Tom was just a thought.
    – Paralytic
    Dec 21, 2012 at 1:06

1 Answer 1


I have a GT 540M chipset with 314.07 drivers and have encountered this issue as well. Anytime I run any game full-screen, the display becomes completely unresponsive and I have to put my laptop in standby mode to minimize it.

I discovered that turning V-sync on through the game config files or by forcing V-sync on through the nVidia Control Panel fixes this issue.

I have no idea why this works or if there is a way to run full-screen games without V-sync.

I hope this helps! :)

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