Get the fix to “0x100000ea: THREAD STUCK IN DEVICE DRIVER M” error message for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 8.1 operating systems.

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The most common cause of this error is a faulty or outdated device driver.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:

  1. Click Start
  2. Type devmgmt.msc in the search box and click on devmgmt or Device Manager
    Device Manager in Windows Vista

    Device Manager in Windows Vista

  3. Right-click on the driver
  4. 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:

  1. Click Start
  2. Type display in the search results
  3. Select Display from the list
  4. Go to Change Display Settings
  5. Click Advanced Settings
  6. Go to Troubleshoot
  7. Click Change Settingsv
  8. Drag the Hardware Acceleration slider to None
  9. Click OK
  10. Restart your computer
Display Adapter Troubleshooter error screen

Display Adapter Troubleshooter error screen

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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Applicable Systems

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)

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