When selecting a GPU or a Graphics card for our system, the first option we always go for is NVIDIA. It is popular because of its work and support. NVIDIA GPUs are known for giving the best experience to their users when it comes to Video editing, gaming, and animation. However, recently gamers are not able to enjoy these facilities as the error NVIDIA Display settings are not available, You are not currently using a display attached to NVIDIA GPU is popping up on their screen when trying to access NVIDIA Control Panel. Also, when some users tried disabling the integrated GPU, the screen went black the system booted into VGA (800X600), so, clearly, this is not the solution. In this article, we will talk about solutions that will actually work and resolve the issue for you.
NVIDIA Display Settings are not available
You are not currently using a display attached to NVIDIA GPU
Why am I not able to access NVIDIA Control Panel?
There can be multiple reasons behind this error, but one of the most likely issues could be that the monitor is not connected to the GPU. In short, if you are using a monitor that is not connected to GPU, the error will popup. Another reason could be that the monitor is connected to the wrong port. So the first you should be doing is check whether the GPU is connected properly to your computer, if there is no issue with the connection, then all heads should turn towards the device driver. More often than not, a glitch stops users from accessing the Control Panel of NVIDIA, however, this can be resolved by just disabling and enabling the device driver. If that doesn’t work, then reinstall the drivers and you will be good to go. We have mentioned all the solutions you need to resolve this issue, so, go to the troubleshooting guide and start executing.
NVIDIA Display settings are not available, You are not currently using a display attached to NVIDIA GPU
Before we start, ensure you revert the settings made to system files and registries if any method does not work for you. Now, there can be a good number of reasons why you are getting such error. Here are the methods which you should try:
- Make sure that your GPU is plugged into the right port
- Restart NVIDIA services
- Disable and then Enable NVIDIA Graphics
- Update Graphics Card drivers
- Uninstall and Re-install NVIDIA Drivers
To make sure the applied changes are working, restart your system after completing every method.
1] Make sure that your GPU is plugged into the right port
The most important thing is to check whether the display of your system is connected properly. Check the condition of cable, look out for any kind of cuts and cracks. Most importantly check if the cable is connected to the GPU’s output port. Many times when someone buys a new system, the most basic mistake they make is to connect the display to the wrong port.
Also check whether the NVIDIA GPU is plugged into the right port. It’s quite common to get confused with ports and plugged them in the wrong one, causing the said issue to occur. Therefore, we recommend you check whether NVIDIA GPU is plugged into its right port or not. Switching the port will hopefully solve the issue at hand.
2] Restart NVIDIA services
If you are a computer geek then you may know what this method is about. Windows 10 runs on several services and these services are the reason due to which your applications, as well as OS, run. Disabling any service without knowledge can make your system work abnormally.
Similar to system services, NVIDIA also works on certain services and it is necessary that these services are working. Follow the steps given below and make sure these services are running.
Press Win + R keys. When Run window appears, type services.msc and hit Enter.
Find the list of services, search for:
- NVIDIA Display Container LS
- NVIDIA LocalSystem Container and
- NVIDIA NetworkService Container.
Start from NVIDIA Display Container LS, right-click on the service and click on Properties.
In the General tab look for Startup type and Service status. The former one should be set to Automatic and the lateral one to Running.
If the Startup type is set to Disabled or Manual then Set to Automatic from the dropdown list.
If the Service status is set as Stopped then just click on Start and it will be running.
Repeat Steps 3, 4, 5 and 6 for NVIDIA LocalSystem Container service.
Now select NVIDIA NetworkService Container and perform Steps 3 and 4.
The basic purpose of this service is to download the updates and install them automatically as well as keep you connected to Nvidia’s GPU network. Here you can perform Steps 5 and 6. Or you can set the Startup type to Manual and Stop the service if you don’t have an active connection present.
Please make sure that you do not change any of the other settings or services unnecessarily. It may make your computer work abnormally or don’t make it work at all.
By now the error should have gone and you might be able to use the system with NVIDIA’s display settings.
3] Disable and then Enable NVIDIA Graphics
Maybe the issue is a result of a glitch in the NVIDIA Graphics drivers. In that case, the easiest solution we can execute is disabling the device and then enable it again. It is quite easy to do the same, all you have to do is follow the prescribed steps and you will be good to go.
- Open Device Manager by searching it out from the Start Menu.
- Expand Display adapters.
- Right-click on the NVIDIA Driver and select Properties.
- Go to the Driver tab.
- Click on the Disable Device button.
- Reboot your computer.
- Open Device Manager, go to NVIDIA driver’s properties, go to Driver, and click on Enable Device.
Finally, check if the issue is resolved.
4] Update Graphics Card drivers
In most scenarios, the reason behind the error is corrupt, outdated or incompatible drivers. These things lead to Windows unable to detect the hardware or unable to run it. Another reason which can be behind the errors could be the installation of third-party applications.
Sometimes these applications interfere with display drivers and lead to stop their working. The type of errors you will get may display different error messages but the culprit could be only one. The only method in this case you should follow is updating the graphics card drivers.
To update Graphics Card drivers, open Start menu, type GeForce Experience. Open the NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience application.
Click on the Drivers tab.
Now, click on Check for updates. If drivers are available then download them.
Once the download finishes, use Express Installation as an option to install the fresh new driver updates.
The following options are also available to update your Graphics driver:
- Go to the manufacturer’s website to download the latest NVIDIA driver.
- Install Driver and Optional Update from Windows Settings.
- Use Device Manager to update GPU Driver.
4] Uninstall and Re-install NVIDIA Drivers
When any of the above methods don’t work for you, the only thing left is to reinstall the drivers. You may find it a bit lengthy process but it is worth it, believe me.
To uninstallNVIDIA Drivers, follow the prescribed steps.
- Click Win+R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type the following to open Device Manager:
- Click on Display Adapters and then right-click on NVIDIA Graphics Driver and select Uninstall option.
- Restart your PC once you have uninstalled the GPU driver.
- Open Device Manager, right-click on Display Adapters, and select Scan for hardware changes.
This will allow the system to scan for connected devices, that is your GPU, and install the appropriate driver.
If this does not help, do the following.
Press Win + R keys. Type control and hit Enter.
When Control Panel opens up, click on Programs and Features.
Search for all the programs under Nvidia’s name and uninstall them.
Go to NVIDIAs site to download new drivers.
Select the Product Type, Series, OS, and Language as per your requirement. Click on Search.
The search will redirect you to the download page. Click on Download.
It will again take you a page that says you are about to Download Nvidia’s Display Drivers and GeForce Experience application. Again click on Download.
Once the download is complete, start installing the application. While installing, please select Custom(Advanced) as an Installation option.
Selecting the Custom installation option will install the drivers as new and delete all the old files related to the drivers. Once the installation is complete, you can check if the error is still present. But, it should have long gone by now and you can enjoy your life again.
Please let us know which of the above methods did work for you or the error is still present.
How do you fix an error you are not currently using a Display attached to an NVIDIA GPU?
There are various reasons why the error is happening, and outdated Graphics Drivers are one of them. However, it is easy to resolve with some simple steps such as updating your Graphics Driver and making sure that the monitor is plugged into the right spot. You can read the solution mentioned above to fix the error at the hand.
How do I know if my HDMI port is connected to my GPU?
One of the simplest ways to ensure that the HDMI port is connected to the GPU is to check whether you can see the video and audio settings. However, if these two options are available when you open Intel Control Panel then it is confirmed that your HDMI port is not connected to the GPU.
Also Read: NVIDIA Control Panel missing on Windows 11/10.