HOW TO: Nvidia graphics driver can not find compatible graphics hardware

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Facing a problem like Nvidia graphics driver can not find compatible graphics hardware , well Many people have been into this kind of problem. It actually occurs when you might have reinstalled Windows and installing the Nvidia driver right after you have installed the Intel HD Graphics or you just want to update your Nvidia driver. Whenever you try to install the Nvidia driver, it shows that it is unable to find a compatible graphics hardware.Now, most of the users try re installing Windows, Intel HD or Nvidia, trying out different versions, but this gets pretty lengthy and does not guarantee that the problem will be resolved. And downloading the different versions, that’s a sort of irritating job.

So, today I will show you how to do overcome this issue, and successfully install the Nvidia graphics driver without downloading anything else. The process is a little tricky one, but its sure that it will not be devastating if you make any mistake. so here is How to : fix the problem of “Nvidia graphics driver can not find compatible graphics hardware.

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Step 1:

1) Get your device ID: click on CONTROL PANEL, then CLICK on SYSTEM, then CLICK on DEVICE MANAGER

2) Under Other Devices/ (or if your video card already has a driver under Display Adapter) click on Video Adapter


3) Click on Details, Device Instance Id should already be selected

4) You will see something similar to this:

PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DE3&SUBSYS_14471043&REV_A1\4&1595E8D4&0&0008



PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DD1&SUBSYS_20421043&REV_A1\ 4&30DE1B

This single line has all the details about your specific video card maker, chipset and model

VEN_10DE means that the Vendor is 10DE, which is the Vendor ID for NVIDIA

DEV_0DE3 means that the Chipset is 0DE3, which is the Chipset ID for GT635M

SUBSYS_20421043 tells about the Specific Model GT635M in the Asus K55VJ laptop

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Step 2:

1) When you have tried to install and it showed failed, you must have noticed that the files are extracted to the installation directory. The default directory should be 

C:\NVIDIA\DisplayDriver\340.43\Win8_WinVista_Win7_64\International\Display.Driver

2) Locate the INF files there of the type:

nvaa.inf

nvac.inf

nvam.inf

nvao.inf

nvbl.inf and so on.nv3



3) Pick any one of them (I picked nvam.inf) and make a backup copy then open the original in NOTEPAD or your favourite text editor, like Notepad++.

4) Now scroll down, until you see this

Scroll down until you see lines like:


[NVIDIA_Devices.NTx86.5.1]

%NVIDIA_DEV.0405.01% = Section001, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0405&SUBSYS_15D21043 

%NVIDIA_DEV.0405.02% = Section001, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0405&SUBSYS_16341043 

%NVIDIA_DEV.0407.01% = Section001, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0407&SUBSYS_080117FF 

%NVIDIA_DEV.0407.02% = Section002, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0407&SUBSYS_15881043 

%NVIDIA_DEV.0407.03% = Section003, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0407&SUBSYS_16181043 

%NVIDIA_DEV.0407.04% = Section004, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0407&SUBSYS_16321043 

%NVIDIA_DEV.0407.05% = Section001, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0407&SUBSYS_17A21043 

%NVIDIA_DEV.0407.06% = Section005, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0407&SUBSYS_3D7B17AA 

5) Now scroll down to the section that is similar to your chipset / DEV number

[DO IT CAREFULLY]


%NVIDIA_DEV.0CB1.01% = Section041, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0CB1&SUBSYS_203C1043

%NVIDIA_DEV.0DEE.02% = Section042, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DEE&SUBSYS_15621043 

%NVIDIA_DEV.0DEE.04% = Section042, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DEE&SUBSYS_15A21043

Step 3 [MOST IMPORTANT]:

1) Take a look at this pattern. You will make a DEVICE ID for your Video Adapter and insert it here

The first part is the same for everyone:

%NVIDIA_DEV

My DEV is 0DE3, so my device id so far is:

%NVIDIA_DEV.0DE3.01%

NOTE: If there is already DEVs same as yours then your line will be the next increment i.e.

%NVIDIA_DEV.0DE3.02%, or %NVIDIA_DEV.0DE3.03%


2) For the section just make it the same as the section where you’re inserting it so I have:

%NVIDIA_DEV.0DE3.01% = Section042,

3) The next part is the same for everyone so you will have:

%NVIDIA_DEV.0DE3.01% = Section042, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_

4) Add the rest (your DEV and SUBSYS numbers) so it matches your DEVICE ID and your finished device ID should look similar to this:

%NVIDIA_DEV.0DE3.01% = Section042, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DD1&SUBSYS_14471043

5) Insert it, while done it will look like this

%NVIDIA_DEV.0CB1.01% = Section041, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0CB1&SUBSYS_203C1043

%NVIDIA_DEV.0DE3.01% = Section042, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DD1&SUBSYS_14471043 

%NVIDIA_DEV.0DEE.02% = Section042, PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0DEE&SUBSYS_15621043 

6) Now scroll down to the [Strings] section it will look like this:
[Strings]

DiskID1 = “NVIDIA Windows 2000/XP (32 bit) Driver Library Installation Disk 1”

NVIDIA = “NVIDIA”

NVIDIA_DEV.0405.01 = “NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS”

NVIDIA_DEV.0405.02 = “NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS “

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.01 = “NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT”

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.02 = “NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT “

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.03 = “NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT “

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.04 = “NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT “

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.05 = “NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT “

NVIDIA_DEV.0407.06 = “NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT “


7) Same as before add a line in for your Video card:


NVIDIA_DEV.0CB1.01 = “NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M”

NVIDIA_DEV.0DE3.01 = “NVIDIA GeForce GT635M – MKVs INF MOD”

NVIDIA_DEV.0DEE.02 = “NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M “

NVIDIA_DEV.0DEE.04 = “NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M “


NOTE: If there is already DEVs same as yours then your line will be the next increment i.e.

NVIDIA_DEV.0CB1.01 = “NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M”

NVIDIA_DEV.0DE3.01 = “NVIDIA GeForce GT635M”

NVIDIA_DEV.0DD1.02 = “NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M – KAPs INF MOD”

NVIDIA_DEV.0DEE.02 = “NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M “

NVIDIA_DEV.0DEE.04 = “NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M “

Step 4:

1) Save the file.

2) Now run setup.exe from the installation directory, and this time you should be able to successfully install the Nvidia driver.

NOTE: DO NOT RUN THE DOWNALOADED SETUP FILE. IT WILL OVER WRITE EVERYTHING IF YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR.

3) Install the driver, and once it has been installed just restart your laptop and you are ready to play high end games again.

  • ajith

    but my graphic card is not showing in device manager-display

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Opppssss…I made a mistake, check the comment I’ve made. All the details are there. Remember to install Intel HD driver first. In case you’re still in trouble, feel free to contact us.

      • tunny

        hello please i need help on my asus n550jv…its using nvidia 750m 2gb dedicated but i can’t update to latest game ready driver….am stuck with version 331.65 (this version came with the laptop)…after installing latest driver my nvidia control panel won’t respond…please help me!

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Check the GRAPHICS ADAPTER option, if your system has only dedicated graphics then it should show the VGA adapted instead of Intel HD or anything else, just see the properties and follow the process as described.

  • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

    @ajith: Is it showing VGA adapter or Intel HD??
    First install the Intel HD driver and then go to device manager and click in the Intel HD, there you can find out the device instance path and follow the steps.

  • alkanet

    Hi I’ve got a problem because I think maybe not, there are 2 graphics cards in my machine, intel HD 3000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT540M. The thing is: I can see a link the control panel for nvidia settings, but when I try to open it an error appear: “An NVIDIA graphics card was not detected in your system”, also I can see the graphics drivers installed in the section where the programs are listed, however I cannot use it, even I tried to download new drivers and the error I’ve got is: NVIDIA installer cannot continue. How can I know if I have NVIDIA installed in my laptop? I tried several ways but nothing works.

    My laptop model is Samsung NP-RF511-A02DX.

    By the way video controller:
    PCIVEN_8086&DEV_0126&SUBSYS_C0A5144D&REV_093&11583659&0&10
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

    Can I resolve my issue following this article’s steps?
    Please help, Intel 3000 is rubbish.

    Thanks

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Yes, you can have two. I also have Nvidia and Intel HD, uninstall Nvidia driver, and now follow the procedure as described.

  • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

    Yaah, that’s why when you Google the problem you land on our site. It has helped yo, please share this post.

  • The Krous

    Hey it didn’t work for me couldn’t find one that matched my DEV_0102 also mine had more numbers e.g. %NVIDIA_DEV.1050.1742.1043% = Section038, PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_1050&SUBSYS_17421043 & NVIDIA_DEV.1251.13B7.1043 = “NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M” please help me I have been trying to do this all day it will mean a lot the graphics card I am trying to install is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      You can try with any other combinations, there is absolutely no problem with any other combinations.

  • rapbot7

    Wow thanks IGW team that worked for me. i’ve been searching for this all arround the web but there was’nt any perfect tutorial this thing just saved me …thanks a lot http://goo.gl/Rz3LT1

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      You’re welcome, if you liked the tutorial feel free to share with your gamer friends.
      Sharing is caring!!

      Regards
      iGadgetsworld

  • AKHIR

    i am using a NVS 5100M. please could send me the to codes to edit on the note pad?i am trying to install V347.52

  • Ysera

    You are awesome. It worked! Thank you. And for those who have fewer numbers, it doesn’t matter. You can insert like this:

    %NVIDIA_DEV.0FE4.1477.1043% = Section122, PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0FE4&SUBSYS_14771043

    %NVIDIA_DEV.0640.01% = Section123, PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0640&SUBSYS_00000000

    %NVIDIA_DEV.1050.1622.1043% = Section001, PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_1050&SUBSYS_16221043

    • apparichith

      Glad to hear that it worked for you 🙂 we will update the post with your suggestion soon

  • apparichith

    Kindly mail the editorial team directly, they will resolve the problem asap

  • jake

    I have tried what you have said but it fails,
    whats my mistake?

  • nessen

    hello

    i recently bought a laptop, i tried to install nfs rival but this problem arise,

    graphic driver could not find compatible graphics hardware

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Have you installed the Nvidia graphics driver?

  • nessen

    helo
    mine have more numbers
    its very difficult
    help me

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Please describe your issue, you have mentioned various problems in different comments which we could not understand. Are you unable to install the driver or unable to play NFS Rivals?

      • nessen

        yes i cant install the driver 331.82
        so i have installed driver 347.71 but unable to play nfs rivals

      • nessen

        i can play only 3minutes(nfs rivals) with the graphic driver 347.71

        • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

          Do you have the driver installed, does the game crash or any other issues??

  • anonymous

    it worked, but after the installation and reboot. nothing show up. just blank black screen.

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Has the driver been installed successfully? Can you see the Nvidia control panel ?

  • reza

    hello.i have just installed win8 on my laptop(z500) but unfortunately i can not install my nvidia graphic card.could you please help me how to install vnidia not intel.thanks in advance

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Have you downloaded the Nvidia driver? The Nvidia driver with was supplied with your laptop may be for Windows 7, which won’t be supported in Windows 8

  • Master Yuki

    Hey dude! I’ve been following every steps, but I got lost at the beginning of Step 2. I don’t know how to search for those things. I don’t know that much about computers because back in my country, my uncle used to do everything for my computer. Btw, It said that I am using NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430. Please Help Me!

  • Devon

    Hello.

    My friends laptop was originally running windows 8.1.
    It had become corrupted by all manners of evil due to him letting his parents use it. Or so he says.

    He had a friend work on it and upgrade it its hardware. Its an ASUS 17.3″
    core i7
    Nvidia GTX 560m.

    I did everything you said in the How To.

    ran set up and boom, same error.

    Because he doesnt have the media for 8 or even a key i decided to slap Win 10 on it since it was the only thing I had available to get it working sooner. Its running but on windows basic drivers.

    The id for this card is this

    PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_1231&SUBSYS_1235110DE&REV_A14&35245E04&0&0008

    I went to Nvidia and downloaded the drivers for the card after using their hardware scan to determine that it was the 560m. downloaded them failed to install, found this how to, maid changes according to your help hit setup and it said the same thing.

    In the first section that matched as closely to the id I insterted this

    %NVIDIA_DEV.1251.01% = Section042, PCIVEN_10DE&DEV_1251&SUBSYS_123110

    Then in strings

    NVIDIA_DEV.1251.01 = “NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M”

    I also tried changing the name around as i have no clue of GT or GTX is significant.

    Anyway this is how far ive gotten and have not fixed the issue. Could the driver version be the problem as its version 347.88.

    Also, I am running 10 currently on my ASUS laptop that is runing a 765M with no issue what so ever. Which is why im so baffled. It installed on its own with no issue. Any help is appreciated.

  • xinxinxin

    i am using geforce gt 630 2gb.And it appear %NVIDIA_DEV.0DE9.2106.1043% = Section005 so how to insert ?

  • Samu Dabea

    Thanks so much… i found it hard but it was worth it..
    Now i can play War Thunder… LOL
    Peace out!

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Please share and spread the message so that more and more people get help!!

  • Peter L.

    You are awesome man it worked! Thanks a lot! 🙂

    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Thanks for your compliment, it would be even better if you help some people who are commenting down below the article that this process didn’t work.

  • Mad Max

    Thanks man, it worked!

  • Sandeep Nayak
    • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

      Thanks for the tip, will include that. Well, I had lot of difficulties to solve the problem. And made this when I saw something similar on Tom’s hardware Forums

  • Jayaditya Chakrabarty

    Sorry, but I’m not sure about Windows 10, as I had tried this on Windows 7. There may be some issues, and right now I’m on Windows 10, but with AMD Raedon GPU.

  • Jason

    I couldn’t find my DEV value in any of the inf files. Eventually, I found (embarrassingly) that my GPU was disabled by the button on my computer (MSI GT72). To those who are still stuck, look for reasons why your computer may be disabling your GPU because under those circumstances, your symptoms will look just like those with a graphics card which is not supported.

  • Hreniuc Alex

    can u make a video i dont understand realy good

    im from romania and i dont know vary good engleash i found the notpad thing but now i dont know wath too do …

    pls i cant play any game

    i reinstald my windows and now …

    pls make a video or give me a link to a vido 🙂

    or explain me like for a noob -_-

  • pragyan

    i m unable to locate the chipset / DEV number, it is nowhere

  • pragyan

    please help me

  • New shadow

    for me during installation. it pop up nvdia installer failed. phys system software never or same version. graphic driver failed. Nvdia geforce experience not installed. that problem pop up during installation. i already install geforce experience by the way. Can you help me?

  • miguel

    my display adapter just show intel hd graphics,there is no nvidia driver appear . btw im using windows 8.1 help Please

  • Olalora

    Nice tutorial! However, it seems to be a bit difficult for me. Generally, I use another way to install display driver again. It worked well. More about it: http://goo.gl/06oc78

  • Akin Sinju

    nvidia graphic card not found in device manager

    • scott mccloud

      Same. I have windows 7 and I’ve been getting that error shown in the first picture, but the only thing under ‘Display Adaptors’ in device manager is AMD Radeon HD 7660D
      Does anyone know what to do?

  • Cheers man, thanks for this.

    I was up until 2am yesterday trying to understand why Win 7 doesn’t like my new graphics card! There’s a couple of points maybe you could clarify as some people say it’s not working for them:
    a) You edited nvam.inf. Apparently the .inf files are specific to pc/laptop manufacturer, so probably best to pick the specific one for your pc.
    b) The entry may need to go under the right operating system version, yours being NVIDIA_Devices.NTx86.5.1. There are many many sections in the .inf files, Windows 10 seems to be “NTamd64.10.0”. I guess the 0 on the end means no Service Pack updates? I think I’ll add an entry in all the Windows 7 sections (NTamd64.7.0, NTamd64.7.1 etc, etc) to be sure.
    c) How did you decide on the next increment, going from NVIDIA_DEV.0CB1.01 to NVIDIA_DEV.0CB1.01? I guess as long the string is unique it should work ok?

    The first two points are covered in this article.
    http://null-bin.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/how-to-modify-nvidia-notebook-driver.html

    I’ll give this a go tonight and hopefully get to bed before 2am!

  • Just googled Win versions in nvidia inf files – NTamd64.6.1 is for Win 7, not my guess of NTamd64.7 above.