Modern PC has the most integrated GPU. Besides the integrated GPU, Modern PCs are increasingly sporting dedicated graphics processing units (GPU). Nvidia GPUs are used for graphics-intensive tasks like gaming, animation, and video editing among other GPUs available in the market. Users with an Nvidia GPU may see an error message pop up that says, “You are not currently using a display attached to an NVIDIA GPU.” This happens when GPU drivers are inactive. If you also are facing the same problem, don’t be panic, it is easy to fix the ‘Nvidia display settings are not available error.
You Are Not Currently Using a Display Attached to an Nvidia GPU
Reasons of Nvidia Display Settings Are Not Available
Whenever you try to open the GPU control panel on your PC, you get an error message which indicates, ‘Nvidia display settings are not available’. You can get this type of error message for some possible reasons;
1. Interruption in the Connection between Monitor and GPU
If the connection between your monitor and your GPU is interrupted somehow, you’ll face this type of error while opening the GPU control panel.
2. GPU Drivers are Outdated
An outdated and faulty GPU driver may restrict you to access the GPU control panel. Using the wrong or outdated NVIDIA driver may be the reason for this type of error. GPU drivers are always required to be updated. Outdated GPU drivers can cause issues.
Fixes Nvidia Display Settings Are Not Available
If you have lost access to your Nvidia GPU control panel, it means your GPU is already inactive. Don’t be frustrated, here we have some troubleshoot tips to fix this type of error;
1. Make sure the Connection between Monitor and GPU
You need to make sure that the HDMI cord of your display is properly plugged into the Nvidia GPU card port. You may have mistakenly plugged into the wrong port at your motherboard or instead of GPU port. So, in this case, you have to make sure the connection between your monitor and GPU. It can help you to fix this type of error.
2. Update GPU Driver
In most cases, Nvidia display settings are unavailable to errors mainly caused by outdated GPU drivers. So, updating the GPU driver may help you to fix unavailable display settings errors. It is the most effective way to solve this error. Here is how you can update the Nvidia GPU driver;
Step-1 Open GeForce experience
To update your Nvidia GPU driver, you have to open the GeForce experience application. If you don’t have installed GeForce experience on your PC, you can download it from here.
Step-2 Open drivers tab
From the home menu of the GeForce application, go to the driver’s tab and click on check for updates.
Step-3 Installation of Updates
Once completed download, it will automatically start to install the update of your Nvidia GPU drivers. Close the GeForce experience app and try to open the Nvidia control panel. If it worked properly, you will have access to the Nvidia control panel.
3. Reinstalling Nvidia GPU Drivers
If updating the GPU driver cannot fix the unavailable display settings error, reinstalling the GPU driver could help you. Sometimes, updating the driver cannot help you because of the driver cache. So, it is better to uninstall and reinstall GPU drivers. To reinstall GPU drivers, you have to uninstall the GPU driver then install it. Here is how to reinstall the Nvidia GPU driver.
Step-1 Uninstalling GPU drivers
Press on Windows key + R to open the Run application. Type ‘devmgmt.msc’ on the dialog box of run application and press enter key to open Device Manager.
Step-2 Display adapters
In the device manager, you’ll find a list of adapters, drives, drivers, peripherals, controllers, and devices. Find Display adapters, click to expand it.
You’ll find your GPU name when you expand display adapters. Right-click on your GPU name and click on uninstall.
A confirmation pop-up will appear on your window, click on uninstall to uninstall your drive.
Step -3 Installation
Now, you have to perform a restart. After restarting your PC, you have to download your GPU drivers and install them again. You can download your Nvidia GPU driver from GeForce Experience or from here. To download your Nvidia GPU driver, you have to provide some information about your GPU and operating system (product type, series, name, operating system, download type, and language) and click on search.
After clicking on search, you’ll be redirected to the download page. Now you can download and install your Nvidia GPU driver. After installation, perform a restart. Try to open the GPU control panel, check if it works.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I reinstall Nvidia GPU by using GeForce Experience?
Yes, you can reinstall your Nvidia GPU by using GeForce Experience. Just open GeForce Experience, Go to drivers and select the drivers you want to reinstall. Click on the options menu and reinstall it.
Can I use driver updater to update Nvidia GPU driver?
Well, you can use other driver updaters (e.g. DriverFix, DriverEasy, TweakBit, Device Doctor, AvG, System Mechanic, etc.) to update Nvidia GPU drivers.
What is GPU Driver?
GPU driver is necessary software that controls communication between the operating system and the GPU component.
Hope, one of these fixes will help you to regain access to the Nvidia control panel. If any of these fixes cannot solve your Nvidia display settings are not available error, you need to consult a technician to fix this problem.