FIX: Unable to Connect to Nvidia Error

Nvidia is the leading graphics vendor in the world, and they manufacture entry-level, mid-level, and high-end graphics cards. You can go the market, and pick up a card for your desktop. Many laptop manufacturers depend on the Nvidia technology for gaming laptops. Nvidia offers drivers, components, repairs, and many more. One of the things that we appreciate the Nvidia team that they release software updates for graphics cards with 8-years of support to the manufacturing date.

The drivers designed to work with Windows OS, Mac OS X, and Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Mint Linux, Lubuntu, and other operating systems. You can expect bugs, freeze, and non-functioning functions. Nvidia is no exception for errors and bugs. We have faced a lot of the problems in detection of Nvidia cards, drivers, and many other things. One of the common issues that have wasted plenty of time of the users is “Unable to Connect to Nvidia Error.”

It is an error that happens when you try to install drivers for your card, and it does not let you download the driver. You have no alternative but to fix Unable to Connect to Nvidia Error.

What is Unable to Connect to Nvidia Error?

The company launched GeForce Gaming Experience software for the Windows operating system. It supports Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 operating system.

It is a tool that allows you to take screenshots, capture videos, share videos, keeps your drivers up-to-date, and safely download the right updates for your GPU.

Nvidia said that it is an essential companion for GeForce GPU’s. However, the problem occurs in Windows 7 computers because 7th– edition does not have the latest updates installed in it.

The Microsoft already fixed the problem in the updates and Nvidia in the GeForce software update.

The error can occur on Linux Debian based operating system as well. We are going to show you how you can fix the error on Windows and Linux based machines.

FIX Unable to Connect to Nvidia Error

In this tutorial, we are going to cover Linux first; then we will move to the Windows. The Linux solutions are very easy to follow, and we are going to use the Windows 7 machine to fix the error. Do not worry about the 7th edition steps because it will be the on Windows 10 as well.

1. Linux

For this tutorial, Lubuntu used, and is based on Ubuntu distribution. You can follow the steps to solve the error on any Ubuntu-based distribution.

Step 1: Uninstalling the existing driver is the first step. Go to System Tools, then click on Synaptic Package Manager.

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Step 2: Enter the universal password that you created during the set-up to open the manager.

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Step 3: Click on the search bar located at the top menu bar, and type “Nvidia” and hit on “search.”

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Step 4: Mark every file to uninstall or reinstallation of the Nvidia drivers. In case, if you have selected to uninstall, then follow the next steps.

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Step 5: Now, close the package manager, and go to “Preferences,” then select “Additional Drivers.”

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Step 6: Wait until the Ubuntu driver server suggests you the latest Nvidia proprietary drivers. Do not install Ubuntu suggested drivers and select Nvidia proprietary drivers.

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It will take a few minutes to complete the installation and reboot your Linux machine.

The Linux OS will remove all fragments and files related to the graphics drivers. The files that caused the error gets deleted, and you can reinstall proprietary drivers.

Usually, uninstalling the drivers resolves the problem. The Nvidia drivers team has officially fixed the problem in the latest update, and it will fix the issue.

2. Run the Following Command

You can try this method on Windows 7 to the latest version of Windows of 32 Bit and 64 Bit.

Step 1: Click on Windows key + R.

Step 2: Type “services.MSC” and hit enter to open the services tab.

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Step 3: Now, scroll down until you find “Nvidia Network Service” and it should be in “starting” stage. The blame should go to the network service that has not started even after few minutes of the program launched.


Step 4: Don’t close the services, and go to Windows installed the drive and click organize to view the hidden folders. Click on “folders and search options.”


Step 5: A small window will appear on your screen and click on “view” to open more options.


Step 6: Now, find “show hidden files, folders, and drives.”


Step 7: Click on “apply” and “ok” to save the changes.


Step 8: The folder “Program Data” shows up on your tab, and click to open it.


Step 9: Scroll down until you find “Nvidia corporation.


Step 10: In the folder, click on “NetService” and continue.


Step 11: You have to rename the file “NSManagedTasks.XML,” or you can move to any other folder.


Step 12: Do not delete it, but you can move the file to any other folder. Make sure to save it so that you can use restore the removed file to the original location.


Now, reboot your computer for solving the issue.

3. Update the Software.

Step 1: Uninstall GeForce Experience and reboot the machine.

Step 2: Go to the official site, and re-install the GeForce Experience software.

Reinstalling the software can resolve the issue, but make sure you have a restore point ready to roll.

Did this article help?

If you are under the impression that it is a major issue, then clear your doubts because it is a minor network function issue. It isn’t a hacker attack or a virus attack, but a minor bug that Nvidia has to solve. Let us know what do you think about it in the comment section below.

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