I have previously had CUDA running successfully on 2 PCs, but after extensive use (a couple of hours of computations) it becomes disabled. All CUDA applications (eg TechpowerUp GPU-Z) say that Cuda is not installed (cuda tickbox is empty on this app, similar result on others). The same happens on both PCs.

If I reboot the PC, the problem will often (not always) rectify itself.

I've tried re-intsalling CUDA drivers (5.5 and 5.0), but the same thing always happens.

It seems very strange that I see this happening consistently on both PCs, yet can't find any references on the internet to other people experiencing the same.

Any help/ideas would be appreciated.

UDPATE: it has been suggested I run nvidia-smi. Results are:

C:\Program Files\NVIDIA Corporation\NVSMI>nvidia-smi
Wed Oct 02 14:16:35 2013
| NVIDIA-SMI 5.320.57 Driver Version: 320.57 |
| GPU Name TCC/WDDM | Bus-Id Disp.A | Volatile Uncorr. ECC |
| Fan Temp Perf Pwr:Usage/Cap| Memory-Usage | GPU-Util Compute M. |
| 0 GeForce GTS 240 WDDM | 0000:01:00.0 N/A | N/A |
| 56% 70C N/A N/A / N/A | 997MB / 998MB | N/A Default |
| Compute processes: GPU Memory |
| GPU PID Process name Usage |
| 0 Not Supported |


I've found the cause here, it was quite unexpected.

I use Remote Desktop to communicate between my PCs. Apparently this takes over the graphics driver on the host machine and disables CUDA. I will try using something like VNC instead.

  • In view of the answer, your post was was really misleading. – harrymc Oct 4 '13 at 13:06
  • Remote Desktop wasn't even mentioned, while it changes everything. – harrymc Oct 5 '13 at 7:17
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    that's the point, I had absolutely no idea it would make any difference. If I had, I wouldn't have needed to ask the question. I also didn't mention everything else I do on this PC, like surf the web, email etc because I didn't think they were relevant either. – mcmillab Oct 6 '13 at 23:32
  • it seems I'm no longer having this problem since upgrading to Windows 10 - is this expected? – mcmillab Dec 27 '15 at 8:36
  • Are you sure? I use RDP too and I'm having the same problem too on Windows 10 x64. I have 2x 980Ti, but gpu1 (the second gpu) have its CUDA deactivated and couldn't be accessed in Theano. So I only have gpu0 (the main GPU, which also connects to the monitor) available. But the gpu1 load is 0% in CPU-Z, so I'm not sure if it's locked by RDP. – rilut Jul 25 '16 at 8:17

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