How To Fix Nvidia Output Not Plugged In Error

NVIDIA is one of the main suppliers owned by and American company that manufactures excellent graphics card for your high end gaming experience. Although the company makes great products there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle Nvidia Output Not Plugged In error on your Windows PC

What to do if Nvidia Output Not Plugged In error occurs

Nvidia Output not plugged in error appears when you viewed the playback tab from the Sound settings of the Control Panel and you can’t also enable the sound for their HDMI output.

There are several factors that can cause this problem ranging from a corrupted to an outdated driver. Listed below are the troubleshooting steps you need to do to fix this.

Method 1: Update Graphics Card Driver

An outdated graphics cards driver can sometimes cause issues on your computer. It is recommended to update your graphics device driver to the latest version to resolve issues . To find out if this is the culprit, you will have to reinstall NVIDIA graphics driver.

  1. Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time to open Run box.

    open Run box

  2. At RUN box, Type msconfig and press Enter to open System Configurations section.

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  3. When System Configuration opens, click the Boot tab. Under Boot options, check Safe boot then click OK.

    When you’re prompted to restart your computer to apply these changes, click Restart then you will boot into Safe Mode.vidia Output Not Plugged In error

  4. Go to your local hard disk by clicking on This PC then Local Disk C.

    You should be able to see the NVIDIA folder right there. Right-click on it and choose Delete.Nvidia Output Not Plugged In

  5. Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time to open Run box.

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  6. At RUN box, Type “devmgmt.msc” and press Enter to open Device Manager Window.

    Type “devmgmt.msc”

  7. Expand the “Display Adapters” field.

    This will list all display video card adapter that the machine has installed. Right click on the Nvidia adapter you want to uninstall and select “Uninstall”. Nvidia Output Not Plugged In

  8. Click “Uninstall” when prompted to uninstall the device. This will remove the adapter from the list and uninstall the driver.

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  9. Press Win+R (Windows logo key and R key) at the same time to open Run box.

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  10. At RUN dialog box, Type msconfig and press Enter to open System Configurations section.

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  11. When System Configuration opens, click the Boot tab. Under Boot options, uncheck Safe boot then click OK.

    When you’re prompted to restart your computer to apply these changes, click Restart.
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  12. Get latest NVIDIA graphics driver for your computer from here:

    Search for your drivers device and click download button to download.
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  13. Run the setup file and follow the instructions which appear on screen. Choose the Custom installation option and check all the boxes in the custom install options windows.

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  14. Check the box which states “perform clean install” for your graphics card driver device.

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  15. Restart your computer.

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After computer completely reboots, Check if Nvidia Output Not Plugged In error issue still occurs.

Method 2: Rollback Drivers to fix Nvidia Output Not Plugged In Error

There are instances that users experienced Nvidia Output not plugged in error after latest drivers are installed. If you have recently updated your drivers or updating the graphics driver failed to solve your issue, you can roll back the graphics drivers

  1. Press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to open RUN dialog box.
  2. At Run dialog box, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager section
  3. At Device manager window, click on Display Adapters to expand it. A list of Graphics Driver Adapters installed on your computer.
  4. Right Click on the Display Adapter and select Properties at the drop down menu. (Or double click on Display adapter to open Properties window)
  5. At Properties window, Click on Driver tab.
  6. At Driver tab, Locate Roll Back Driver button. When it is grayed out, this means that graphics driver was not recently updated and or there are no back up files to roll back to. Click on Rollback Driver if the option is not greyed out.
  7. Then, select OK to exit Properties section.

After Roll Back Audio Drivers is done, check if Nvidia Output device Not Plugged In problem still occurs.

Method 3: Enable it from Nvidia Control Panel

Make sure that settings are correctly set up in Nvidia Control Panel. Settings not set up correctly may be the cause of the issue and also HDMI port is also not set up to broadcast hdmi output sound and audio thus error occurs.

  1. Right click from your desktop and select Nvidia Control Panel from the drop down menu. You can also double click on Nvidia icon from the task bar if it is there.
  2. At Control Panel section, at the left pane click on Display tab to expand it
  3. Click on Set up Digital Audio from the drop down menu.
  4. At right pane, under the first option locate HDMI option. Make sure to choose the device you are connected to. Make sure Turn Off Audio device option is not chosen. HDMI outputs should now be enabled.
  5. Right click on the Volume icon located at the lower right on your Windows screen and click on Sounds to open Windows sound settings.
  6. At Sound window, click on Playback tab.
  7. Right click anywhere on the window and choose Show Disabled Devices and Show Disconnected Devices sound cardfrom the drop down menu.
  8. Right click on Nvidia Output and select Set as default device as your sound card device

Check if Nvidia Output Not Plugged In problem still occurs.