If you ever encounter the graphics card not detected on Device Manager problem, you’re certainly not alone. But don’t worry, it can be easily fixed…
Fixes for Nvidia Graphics Cards Not Detected
All the fixes below work in Windows 10/8.1/7. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until the graphics card not showing up in Device Manager issue goes away.
If you recently got a new graphics card for your computer, then there’s a good chance it shows up as hidden. So we might have to un-hide it. Here’s a quick run-down:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type devmgmt.msc into the box and press Enter.
- Click View and then click Show hidden devices.
- Click Action > Scan for hardware changes.
- Check if your Nvidia graphics driver shows up under Display adapters (aka.Graphics card, Video card, GPU card). If yes, then great. But if it prove unfruitful, don’t worry – here’re a few more fixes to try.
Another major reason for this graphics driver not recognized problem is the corrupted, outdated or even missing graphics driver on your computer. So we might have to update the driver to see if it fixes the issue.
There’re two ways you can update your device drivers —
Update your keyboard driver manually – You can update your device drivers manually by going to the Nvidia’s official website, and searching for the most recent correct driver for the exact device. Be sure to choose ONLY drivers that are compatible with your variant of Windows system versions.
Update your keyboard driver automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
- Restart your computer and check if your Nvidia graphics card shows up fine this time.
BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) performs the hardware initialization and jumpstarts the processes during the booting process of your computer. So we can try updating our BIOS to see if it solves this graphics card not showing up in Device Manager in Windows 10/8/7 issue.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then copy & paste msinfo32 into the box and press Enter.
- In the information in BIOS Version/Date and go to the manufacturer’s official website.
- Check out the Support (or Download) section and search for the latest BIOS update.
- Download the file and install it properly.
- Restart your computer and check if the problem gets fixed.
How have the methods above helped you with the troubleshooting? Do you have any ideas or tips to share with us? Drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts.