Get the fix to “0x100000ea: THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER M” error message for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1 operating systems.
- 1 About the “0x100000ea” error
- 2 Fixing “0x100000ea” on Windows
- 3 More Information
About the “0x100000ea” error
The following information on this error has been compiled by NeoSmart Technologies, based on the information gathered and reported by our global network of engineers, developers, and technicians or partner organizations.
Description and Symptoms
The error messages, alerts, warnings, and symptoms below are tied to this error.
Symptom 1: 0x100000ea error screen
The 0x100000ea error is encountered when a video hardware device driver enters an infinite loop and Windows has to terminate it and stop the booting process.
Causes of this Error
This error has been known to occur as a result of one or more of the following:
Cause 1: Bad or misconfigured device driver
The most common cause of this error is a faulty or outdated device driver. Alternatively, this error may appear after a driver update or after Windows was just installed.
Fixing “0x100000ea” on Windows
Fix #1: Reinstall the video drivers
Because the 0x100000ea error is usually caused by the video hardware, the video driver might not be compatible with your Windows version.
Make sure your Windows version has the correct driver for the video hardware and that the version of the driver is compatible with yoru Widnows version.
To update the driver, follow these steps:
- Click Start
devmgmt.mscin the search box and click on devmgmt or Device Manager
- Right-click on the driver
- Click Update
Fix #2: Hardware 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
Fix #3: Replace 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.
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This Windows-related knowledgebase article applies to the following operating systems:
- Windows XP (all editions)
- Windows Vista (all editions)
- Windows 7 (all editions)
- Windows 8 (all editions)
- Windows 8.1 (all editions)