The error message “NVIDIA Display settings are not available” is widespread and can occur for several reasons. It could be that your display cable is connected to the wrong port, driver issues, or windows updates messing up things.
While experiencing this error, the Nvidia control panel won’t open, and you will keep getting the following message: “NVIDIA Display settings are not available” “You are not currently using a display attached to an Nvidia GPU.” Below we will go through all possible working methods to fix this error one by one, starting from the easiest one.
Before you start doing any of the below methods, I highly recommend you download and install all the latest Windows updates and restart your computer. That alone can sometimes fix the “NVIDIA Display settings are not available” “You are not currently using a display attached to an Nvidia GPU.” error.
Method #1: Check your display connection
The first, most important, and easiest thing you can do is to check your display connection. You want to make sure that the display cable is attached to your Nvidia GPU and not on your integrated motherboard port. Once you are sure that the cable is connected to the right port, restart your computer and try opening the Nvidia control panel again.
If even after you restart your computer, the Nvidia control panel won’t open again, you can also try changing the cable to make sure that it is not faulty (it happens sometimes).
If you are sure the cable is functional and connected to the correct port and the error persists, you can move to the second method.
Method #2: Repair and Reset NVidia control panel
Before uninstalling and reinstalling NVidia graphics card drivers, let’s try to reset and repair the NVidia control panel application.
To do this, navigate to your search bar and type “Add or remove program” and click on the available option. You should see a small search bar, click on it and type NVidia.
Click on the Nvidia control panel and then click on “Advanced options“.
Now navigate at the bottom, and you should see the two options ( Repair and Reset).
First click on the repair button, and once done click on the reset button.
Now you can check if you can open the NVidia control panel or you are still getting the error “NVIDIA Display settings are not available.” If you are still getting the same error, please move to the next method.
Method #3: Disable and Re-Enable your NVidia GPU
This method is simple but very effective. Many users online have reported fixing the “NVIDIA Display settings are not available” error by just disabling and reenabling the graphics card from the device manager of Windows.
To do that, go to your search bar and type “Device Manager” and click on it. Look for Display adapters and click on the small arrow, here you should be able to see your NVidia graphics card listed.
Right-click on it and select Properties, and then on the new window, navigate to the Driver tab.
Click on Disable device, wait for 10 seconds and then click on Enable Device to re-enable it.
Method #4: Driver Update via Device Manager
Follow the same steps as mentioned in the 3rd method, but this time instead of Disabling the Device, we will update it.
So, click on Update Driver, and a new window will show up. Choose the option to update automatically. If you get a message saying that you already have installed the latest driver on your computer, move to the next method. If a new driver has been installed, restart your computer and check if the error is solved.
Method #5: Uninstall / Manually install NVidia GPU Driver
The difference between this method and the above one is that we will manually choose and install the driver. Before we start downloading and installing the NVidia GPU driver, we want to pause Windows updates because there is a chance that Windows will automatically download and install a driver for your graphics card.
Go to Windows Updates and click on Pause updates for 7 days.
Navigate to device manager just like we did on the two previous steps, go to your graphics card’s properties, and navigate to the Driver tab. Now click on Uninstall Driver and let it finish the process.
Once the process is completed, you have to download the latest driver for your graphics card. You can either download the GeForce Experience software or manually download the exact driver you need.
To download the needed driver, visit NVidia’s official website, complete the form with your graphics card model and details and click on “Start search” There will be a list with the latest driver available for the specific graphics card. Download the latest one and install it.
Alternatively, download the GeForce Experience software, install it, and it will automatically find the latest driver for your graphics card. All you will have to do is to click install inside the software.
Once you have installed the latest driver, just restart your computer.
Method #6: Update your Intel integrated GPU drivers
If you have an integrated Intel graphics card, there is a possibility it interferes with your NVidia graphics cards and getting you this error. What you want to do here is download and install the latest driver for your intel GPU manually.
To do this, navigate Intel’s official website, download the latest driver for your Intel graphics card, and install it. Restart your computer and try to open the NVidia control panel.
A weird way to fix an Nvidia-related error but it works.
If after following this guide you still can’t solve your issues, you can book a PC Optimization appointment with me and I will be more than happy to help you out and solve all your problems.
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By now, if you tried every method listed on this guide, the “NVIDIA Display settings are not available” “You are not currently using a display attached to an Nvidia GPU” error should be gone. Now that you can access your NVidia control panel, it might be the perfect time to start optimizing it with instructions from my video below.