Is your video card not being detected correctly by your computer? This problem is quite common and certainly irritating. You are certainly not the only one facing this problem. Many Windows users report this every day in various discussion forums. The good news is that you can fix the problem yourself without having to take your computer for service or show it to other people. This article shows 5 solutions that could solve the problem of the graphics card not detected on your computer (Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista)
You don’t have to try them all. Scroll through the list until you find the one that works for you. These should be all possible solutions for this type of problem.
- Update Device Manager
- Update video card driver
- Uninstall recent Windows updates
- Reinstall the graphics card
- Update your BIOS
Fix 1: Update Device Manager
A quick (and painless) solution that has worked for many Windows users is the Device Manager update. Follow the instructions below to understand how:
- On your keyboard, press the Windowslogo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog box .
- In the text field write mscand press OK to open the Device Manager window
- Click on the button with the image of a magnifying glass at the top to start scanning.
- Check if your graphics card is displayed in Display adapters.
If not, don’t worry. Read on to understand how to fix and fix your video card problem.
Fix 2: Update Video Card Driver
This problem can occur if you are using the wrong or outdated graphics driver. To fix it, you need to update the video card drivers . If you don’t have the time, patience or technical skills to manually update your graphics card drivers, you can get help from Driver Easy .
Driver Easy is software designed to automatically detect all hardware components and related drivers in the system. If your graphics card has problems with some drivers, this program will surely find the anomaly and allow you to quickly update those components.
You can update your drivers automatically with the FREE or Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it only takes 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee). Anyway, here’s how Driver Easy works.
1) Download and install Driver Easy.
Support Windows 10/8/7 / Vista & XP
2) Run Easy Driver and click the Scan Now button . Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any damaged or outdated drivers.
3) Press the Update button next to the graphics driver that needs to be updated and the program will do it automatically.
Instead, click Update All to automatically download and install any missing or outdated drivers on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30 day money back guarantee. You will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
Fix 3: Uninstall recent Windows updates
Sometimes, Windows updates can conflict with your video card causing this problem. To fix it, you need to remove recent updates. Here’s how to do this.
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type control. Then, click on Control Panel .
2) Click on the Programs section .
4) Click on View installed updates as shown in the following figure
5) Right-click on a recent update and then click Uninstall .
Repeat this process to uninstall other updates. Check if the video card not detected problem is resolved after uninstalling each update.
If the problem persists, check the following other possible solution.
Fix 4: Reinstall the graphics card
If you are using a desktop, the problem is likely caused by a poor connection between the graphics card and the motherboard. To fix it, you need to reinstall the graphics card. Here’s how to do it:
This process varies for different computers. If you don’t know how to do this, consult the corresponding documentation or seek professional help.
1) Turn off your computer, then unplug the power cord from the power supply.
2) Open the computer (desktop) box to see the hardware components inside
3) Remove the graphics card and put it back
The figure above shows where a graphics card is usually located.
4) Plug the power cord back into the power outlet, then restart your computer.
Check if this worked for you. If your problem persists, don’t worry. There is yet another solution to try.
Fix 5: Update your BIOS
Even an outdated BIOS can cause the graphics card not being detected or not working problem. Updating the BIOS is most likely the solution. Here’s how to do it:
Improper BIOS update can cause serious problems. So, proceed with caution or seek professional help.
1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog box .
2) Type msinfo32 and click OK .
3) Go to BIOS Version / Date to see details
4) Go to the manufacturer’s support website and look for the latest update for your BIOS.
5) Download the update file and follow the on-screen instructions to install it.
6) After the update is complete, restart your computer to see if your computer can detect the graphics card.
Hopefully, one of the fixes above helped you solve your problem. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below if you have any suggestions or questions!