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 11, 10, 8.1 and 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.

  1. Show hidden devices 
  2. Update your graphics driver
  3. Update your BIOS

Fix 1: Show hidden devices 

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:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type devmgmt.msc into the box and press Enter
  2. Click View and then click Show hidden devices.

  3. Click Action > Scan for hardware changes.

  4. Check if your Nvidia graphics driver shows up under Display adapters (aka.Graphics cardVideo card, GPU card). If yes, then great. But if it prove unfruitful, don’t worry – here’re a few more fixes to try.

Fix 2: Update your graphics driver

This graphics card not detected problem may occur if you are using the wrong graphics driver or it’s out of date. So you should update your graphics driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

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):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers. 

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

4) Restart your computer, then check if the graphics card not detected problem is resolved. If yes, then congrats! But if the issue remains, please move on to Fix 3, below.

Fix 3: Update your BIOS

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.

Important: Updating BIOS incorrectly might incur loss of data or even more serious problems. So please proceed with caution or seek professional help in the BIOS updating process.
  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then copy & paste msinfo32 into the box and press Enter.

  2. In the information in BIOS Version/Date and go to the manufacturer’s official website.
  3. Check out the Support (or Download) section and search for the latest BIOS update.
  4. Download the file and install it properly. 
  5. 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.

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