Driver Timeout Patch

If you are receiving the error Display driver stopped responding and has successfully recovered from Windows, or you are using Windows 10 and are receiving the error CL_OUT_OF_RESOURCES, or you are receiving the Kernel exec timeout is not disabled warning from hashcat, then you should apply one of the following patches.

Note: Since hashcat v3.20 this warning is no longer displayed, as the autotune engine should ensure the kernel runtime stays below 1 second.


While running hashcat with extreme performance settings (-w 3 or -w 4) users may experience crashes, followed by automatic recovery of the GPU(s) via driver reset. This is caused by kernel runtimes that exceed the 2-second limit. This feature is useful for preventing screen freezes, but not useful for hash cracking.


To disable WDDM recovery, create a file called wddm_timeout_patch.reg with the following contents:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Run this registry file as Administrator and reboot.


Add a line “Interactive” in /etc/X11/xorg.conf:

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Option         "Interactive"        "False"

You might need to restart X11 or reboot your system entirely before this change works and the warning in oclHashcat disappears.

Newer versions of Ubuntu (and maybe other distributions as well) do not use xorg.conf any longer. Alternatively they use the folder /usr/share/x11/xorg.conf.d/ where you can put in snippets of the config. Create a new file, call it “20-nvidia.conf” and put in the following content:

Section "Device"
Identifier "MyGPU"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "Interactive" "0"

You may need to restart the system afterwards.