NVIDIA display settings are not available: how to fix the problem?
Sometimes when trying to access the display settings on computers with NVIDIA graphics cards installed, a user may get a message that the NVIDIA display settings are not available. Change at least something does not work at all. What to do in such a situation, read the material below.
NVIDIA Control Panel: NVIDIA display settings are not available. What is the reason?
The reason for this situation, most experts call the problems with the drivers of the video card. It is not surprising, because it is this kind of control software that provides the connection of a graphics card to a computer monitor or laptop screen.
But why the NVIDIA display settings are not available in each particular case, it is sometimes quite difficult to determine, despite the well-known root cause. Drivers may become obsolete, missing or even damaged. Depending on this, you can apply several effective solutions that will help fix the problem.The methods are quite simple, but in some cases it is necessary to take into account the specific situation.
What should I do if NVIDIA display settings are not available?
Let's start with the simplest. If such a message appeared at one “wonderful” moment at the start of the system, but earlier everything worked, perhaps it is somehow connected with failures in the OS itself. There is nothing easier than to activate the system recovery to the state where the problem did not exist.
The same applies to the situation when a notification is issued that the NVIDIA display settings are not available in Windows 10 or any other OS version after installing updates. It is possible that some of them were installed incorrectly or themselves cause disruptions in the operation of the operating system. In this case, in the programs and components section, you must delete the recently installed updates, sorting them by installation date. But it is necessary to delete them one by one, restarting the system and trying to access the settings. When a failed update is found, you must set up a manual search, and then exclude the failed package from the list by memorizing or writing down its number.
Another completely banal reason is connected with situations when two video cards (discrete and integrated) are installed on the computer. You can remedy the situation in the Task Manager, where the built-in adapter is disabled, if it is currently used, or the NVIDIA card is activated.
Exactly the same actions for cases when the settings of the “Device Manager” have no effect, can be done in the BIOS settings, where from the list of installed video cards, the use of the main NVIDIA is selected.
Reinstall and update drivers
But suppose that all the methods described above did not work, and the system again displays a message stating that the NVIDIA display settings are not available. In such a situation, manual user intervention is required.
In order not to go far, try updating the adapter drivers in the same “Device Manager”. If that doesn't work, remove the drivers or even the video card itself. Maybe when you restart the drivers will be installed automatically. In a pinch, you can use the adapter driver installation disk, if one is available. But the biggest problem isthat the drivers are not always removed in this way, and the message that NVIDIA display settings are not available appears again and again.
Remove old drivers
In this case, you will need to remove all the drivers and related software yourself, using the program and components section located in the Control Panel.
You can also use the Display Driver Uninstaller utility to completely clean the system from unnecessary drivers (but it is intended only for drivers and does not remove additional programs).
After that, you should restart the system and reinstall all components. To install the latest drivers, it is best to use automated utilities like Driver Booster, which will update the control software for absolutely all devices on the computer.
Another way to fix the problem that NVIDIA display settings are not available is for non-standard notebook models.
To begin, call the Run menu and enter the msinfo32 command, then find the exact model name of the laptop. Then, refer to the official manufacturer's resource, search for drivers by model name and download the appropriate driver, and then install it yourself.
Note: if the installer is in the form of an .exe file, use the usual run as administrator. If this is an INF file, via RMB select the “Install” line. If the system reports that it is impossible to install the driver in this way, go to the “Device Manager”, select the driver update and specify the path to the saved .inf file.
Some manufacturers offer users online verification of laptops, after passing which will be given a list of problems, as well as tips to fix them. And you can not download a graphics adapter driver, but install it directly from the manufacturer’s website.
That's all that can be said about eliminating the above problem. What means to use? The question is rhetorical. In principle, you can immediately install an automated driver update program. If the problem is not in the drivers, but in additional software, you will have to get rid of it and then reinstall it by downloading the latest version from the NVIDIA website. However, those who have the skills to work with drivers can perform all actions in manual mode.