Nvidia Gpu Not Being Used For Games

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From đoạn phim games khổng lồ professional 3 chiều work, a graphics thẻ is an essential piece of kit for those who want to lớn push their computers to lớn the next màn chơi of graphics rendering. Unfortunately, as is usually the case with adding extra hardware to a computer, graphics cards come with their own sets of problems và issues. If your graphics thẻ is not working, it can be frustrating, especially for those who aren’t experienced with graphics cards và don’t know how to diagnose errors.


Here are the symptoms of a faulty graphics thẻ & how you can fix it when a graphics card is not working.

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The Symptoms

Games Underperforming

It’s a tale as old as time. You buy a new gaming máy tính or GPU having heard that it will run at searingly fast framerates, but when it comes khổng lồ actually running the games, it’s performing 30% or worse below expectations.

It’s one thing for the framerate in a game khổng lồ be a little bit below (or above) what you expect – there are many variables to lớn consider. But if your GPU is running way below expectations, then you should start looking inkhổng lồ solutions.

Computer Crashes


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The Fixes

While many of the above sầu are symptoms of a dying graphics card, it doesn’t always mean it’s on its way out. There are a few things you can try lớn fix the graphics card before you cast a final judgement on it and buy a new one.

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Make Sure Your GPU Is Enabled

This one particularly applies to laptops, but may also apply lớn desktops if your CPU has an integrated GPU on it.

Many laptops have sầu a built-in feature that when you unplug them from the power, they automatically disable the dedicated GPU to lớn preserve battery life. Sometimes this feature can remain enabled even if you’re plugged inlớn the power, or you may have phối it to “always on” at some point.

There are a few ways to lớn ensure your GPU is enabled:

If you have an Nvidia GPU, go to Nvidia Control Panel, then under “Manage 3 chiều Settings,” cliông chồng the Program Settings tab, navigate lớn the game you’re having trouble with, then in the “Select the preferred graphics processor” drop-down, select “High-performance NVIDIA processor.”


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Certain GPUs don’t play nice with certain settings. Both AMD and Nvidia GPUs quite often have sầu certain graphical features that are specifically designed for one thẻ or the other (such as DLSS and ray-tracing for Nvidia, & FidelityFX for AMD).


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Full Driver Removal

You might have recently upgraded your GPU but also jumped ship between brands – for example, moving from an AMD GPU to one made by Nvidia. In this case, it’s best lớn fully uninstall the previous GPU drivers. Unfortunately, their official uninstallers tkết thúc lớn leave sầu traces behind. Thankfully, there is a third-buổi tiệc nhỏ solution for that problem: Display Driver Uninstaller.

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Download Display Driver Uninstaller (DDU for short) from its official page at Guru 3D và run it before swapping your GPU or installing your desired driver. Use it lớn eliminate any traces of existing display drivers, và then either shut down your computer và replace your GPU with the new one or restart and install different display drivers. This is also useful while troubleshooting display problems since it allows you lớn ensure that their source isn’t a driver conflict.

Cool It Down

There’s a chance the graphics thẻ is experiencing issues due to overheating. This will be especially relevant if the errors only happen after rendering 3 chiều graphics for a while or if you notice your graphics card’s bạn getting extremely loud during rendering. If this is the case, kiểm tra the temperature of your graphics card khổng lồ see how hot it gets.


You can combat overheating by removing the graphics thẻ and cleaning any dust using compressed air. You can even open the thẻ itself & refresh the thermal paste within, although this shouldn’t be attempted by beginners. There are also tools to lớn regulate the graphics card’s người & graphical output, such as MSI Afterburner.

Make Sure It’s Properly Seated

Graphics cards need khổng lồ be properly seated in their PCI slots in order to lớn work efficiently. If they require additional power plugs to operate, these need lớn be firmly plugged in without wiggle room. Failure to lớn do either (or both!) may cause errors related to lớn the graphics card. Ensure the card is properly slotted into lớn the PCi & screwed in tight. Ensure any power connectors that are needed for operation are properly clipped into lớn the unit.

Cheông chồng the Video Cable

If the cable from your PC khổng lồ your graphics thẻ goes awry, it can create weird visual effects. If something visually strange happens, ensure the video clip cable is properly plugged in on both sides or replace the cable.


Check the Monitor

Visual glitches may not even be the graphics card at all but instead a sign that the monitor is on its way out. If none of the above works, try replacing either the monitor or graphics thẻ. If the problem goes away, whatever you replaced was the culprit.

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Replace the Card

Sometimes, however, the symptoms are simply a sign of a card past its prime. If you truly suspect that nothing can bring the thẻ baông chồng from its current state, you can try purchasing a very cheap graphics card to see it if works on your PC. If the issues stop, consider buying a better new card!

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Graphics Fix

While excellent for rendering 3D space, graphics cards can come with their own woes và problems. Now that you know the main symptoms of a faulty thẻ and how khổng lồ fix it when a graphics thẻ is not working, you can learn more about what v-sync is & whether to lớn turn it on or off and see our guides on how to use AMD Radeon Settings and the Nvidia Control Panel.


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