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Adept I

Disabling Multi-Plane Overlay seems to fix Black Screens and Driver Timeouts

EDIT: Nevermind. It crashed again.

In my last Post ( i talked about having random black screens and driver timeouts which the recent drivers claimed to fix but didn't.

After disabling Multi-Plane Overlay (MPO) in windows all the crashes and driver timeouts are finally gone!

How To:

What i noticed is that in my case i only had the issues when using multiple monitors with mixed (high and low) refresh rates.

Watching a video in Google Chrome or moving a window from the high refresh rate screen to the low refresh rate one gave me heavy sutters.

But for now - it's all gone.

Users on Reddit also mention positive results:

My System:

AMD Ryzen 5800X3D
MSI Radeon 6800XT Gaming X Trio
Driver Version 22.11.1

4 Replies
Journeyman III

yep it fixed the Black Screens for me as well

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I don't have any serious issues, but I am curious as to why MPO is even a thing since I can't see the difference between my experience with it on and without it enabled. 

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Adept III

Disabling Multi-Plane Overlayis is a temporary solution and is not better.

Disabling MPO may cause associated features not to work.


I will sometimes get the flickering task bar at random bootups. If I reboot it usually goes away, will disabling MPO fix that or cause other issues because nothing else seems wrong with my display, granted it's just a 60hz Benq screen.