When it comes to 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 working and support. Now, if you are using a system with an NVIDIA GPU, you may come across some errors. Today we are going to see how to solve the error NVIDIA Display settings are not available.
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.
Let’s just say that the port you are using is correct and the monitor is also good, then you may need to follow the methods given below. The methods below are tried and tested troubleshooting procedures.
NVIDIA Display settings are not available
Before we start, make sure 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:
- Check connection of the Display
- Restart NVIDIA services
- 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] Check connection of the Display
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.
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] 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.
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.
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.
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.