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The graphics card is one of the most important hardware components of your PC and is responsible for generating the image you see on the screen. Unfortunately, some users have reported that their Nvidia or AMD graphics card is not recognized under Windows 10.
Here are some possible reasons for this problem:
- Incompatible drivers
- Incorrect BIOS settings
- GPU Slot Problems
- Hardware problems
If you encounter the problem “Nvidia graphics card not recognized” or “AMD graphics card not recognized”, you can try these solutions individually.
Show Hidden Devices
If you have recently purchased a new graphics card for your computer, chances are it will appear to be hidden. So we may have to reveal it again. Here’s a brief overview:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type devmgmt.msc in the box and press Enter.
- Click Show, and then click Show Hidden Devices.
- Click Action > Find Hardware Changes.
- Check to see if your Nvidia graphics driver appears under Graphics Adapters (aka.graphics card, video card, GPU card). If so, fine. But if it doesn’t, don’t worry – here are some other solutions you should try
Install the Latest Nvidia or AMD Drivers
If your Nvidia or AMD graphics card is not recognized in Windows 10, you can solve this problem by downloading the latest drivers for your device.
Before doing so, be sure to uninstall any Nvidia or AMD drivers you already have. Here’s how to do so:
- Open the Settings application and go to System
- Navigate to the Apps & Features tab
- Find the Nvidia/AMD drivers and remove all software related to Nvidia or AMD.
- Just click on the software you want to remove and select Uninstall.
Use the Command Prompt
Several users have reported that the Nvidia or AMD drivers cannot detect the graphics card, and you can solve this problem by using the command prompt. To do so, follow these steps:
- Open the command prompt as an administrator. You can do this by pressing the Windows + X key and selecting the command prompt (Admin) from the menu.
- Once the command prompt is open, type bcdedit /set pciexpress forceable and press Enter to run it.
- Close the command prompt and try installing your drivers again.
Check BIOS Settings
If you are installing the video card for the first time, you can disable the embedded video and set the graphics or main video to PEG (PCI Express Graphics). The different BIOSes have different names here, but the process is the same for disabling the embedded graphics and setting the primary graphics on the video card.
Removing the IGP or Integrated Graphics Drivers
If you are upgrading from an integrated or onboard graphics card to a dedicated graphics card, first uninstall the drivers for your embedded graphics card before installing the graphics card in your PC. Otherwise, your graphics card may not be correctly recognized by the Windows operating system.
After removing the embedded graphics drivers, you can install the graphics drivers for your dedicated graphics card.
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