How to Fix “NVIDIA Display Settings are Not Available” Error?

You might get the ‘NVIDIA display settings are not available’ error message if your computer notifies you about your display not being connected with an NVIDIA GPU.

NVIDIA Display Settings are Not Available Error Fix

You won’t have access to the NVIDIA display settings if you aren’t using the GPU display.

This is actually quite a common error and there are various things that can cause it. You might have your display plugged into the incorrect port or it could be a driver issue.

There are a few solutions you can try, but before trying any, do this: press Windows and R then type in devmgmt.msc to disable the GPU. Then re-enable it. You might find this simple trick solves the issue.

If not, proceed with the following fixes:

4 Ways To Fix ‘NVIDIA display settings are not available’ Error

Let’s take a look at 4 simple ways to fix ‘NVIDIA display settings are not available’ error.

Fix #1: Check the Display Connection

Take a look at which port the display is connected to. There should be two ports there: Intel integrated graphics or NVIDIA graphics.

The motherboard-integrated port is the display the Intel HD graphics outputs. The downwards display is the one connected with the graphics hardware.

Ensure the connection with the monitor goes into the graphics port in your system, then restart the PC after making this change.

Fix #2: Change the Adaptor Output

If you still see the error message after connecting your display cable correctly, the next solution involves trying out a converter or else changing the graphics hardware output form.

Try using a VGA to HDMI converter and then the HMDI on your graphics card, or else directly change the output form such as using a display port rather than VGA or HDMI.

Hopefully one combination will solve the issue.

Fix #3: Check the NVIDIA Display Driver Service

NVIDIA runs a service on your PC to manage the display driver, giving support to the OS and supporting the NVIDIA hardware and OS connection.

Sometimes this service stops, which results in your PC not being able to detect the NVIDIA hardware.

  1. Press the Windows key and R
  2. Type this in the dialog box then press Enter: services.msc
  3. Look for NVIDIA Display Driver Service in the list of services
  4. Right click on it then click Properties
  5. If the Start button isn’t clickable, press Apply

Check the service is running then see whether you still have the error.

Fix #4: Update or Roll Back the Graphics Drivers

This fix involves updating the NVIDIA hardware automatically or manually, using Display Driver Uninstaller, or DDU, to make sure old driver remnants are erased correctly.

If a driver update doesn’t fix the error, you might need to roll back to a previous one instead. It can happen that a newer driver might not be compatible with a device.

  1. Install the Display Driver Uninstaller utility
  2. Launch your PC in Safe Mode
  3. Than launch the Display Driver Uninstaller
  4. Click on ‘Clean and Restart’ and let the application run
  5. Boot the PC in Safe Mode
  6. Press the Windows key and R
  7. Type this in the dialog box then press Enter: devmgmt.msc
  8. The default drivers should be installed
  9. If any are missing, click the empty space and click on ‘Scan for Hardware Changes’
  10. Now navigate to NVIDIA’s official website to install the driver manually or let Windows automatically search for updates
  11. For the second option, right click on hardware then choose ‘Update Driver’
  12. Choose the first option ‘Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software’
  13. If you are updating manually choose ‘Browse for Driver’ and then find it where it downloaded
  14. Finally restart the PC after the drivers finish installing and see if you still see the ‘NVIDIA Display settings are not available’ message.