[Solved] No Suitable Graphics Card Found Error when Steam Client Gameplay

Problem: No suitable graphics card found error occurs either when playing a game or when trying to launch a games on Steam. Steam client unable to detect a graphics card for gameplay processing.

No suitable graphics card found error steam

Content Summary

Solution 1: Restart computer completely and perform at least once power cycle
Solution 2: Deleting “config.dat”
Solution 3: Changing Resolution and using borderless window
Solution 4: Installing .NET and XNA
Solution 5: Installing DirectX 3D 9
Solution 6: Checking Graphics Drivers
Solution 7: Update graphics card driver then restart computer

Solution 1: Restart computer completely and perform at least once power cycle

Power Cycle mean completely shutting down the computer and taking out the power cord attached to the system. Let it be for ~10 minutes before turning it on again.

Solution 2: Deleting “config.dat”

Step 1: Go to Documents > My Games > Game Name.

Step 2: Delete config.dat file.

Step 3: Restart your PC.

Solution 3: Changing Resolution and using borderless window

Step 1: Right-click and select Display Settings.

Step 2: Select a lower resolution other than the one already set.

Step 3: Save changes and exit. Relaunch your game.

Solution 4: Installing .NET and XNA

Step 1: Press Windows + E to launch the File Explorer.

Step 2: Navigate to the following address:
C:\Steam\steamapps\common\(Game Name)\_CommonRedist

Step 3: Open the folders one by one and manually install all the packages.

Step 4: Restart your computer.

Solution 5: Installing DirectX 3D 9

Step 1: Navigate link to download d3d9.dll.
For 64-bit architecture, download x86-64
For 32-bit architecture, download x86-32

Step 2: Copy the downloaded file and paste it to directory listed below:
C:/Windows/Microsoft.NET/assembly/GAC_32/Microsoft.Xna.Framework.Graphics/v4.0_4.0.0.0__842cf8be1de50553

Step 3: Replace the file if already present.

Step 4: Power cycle your computer completely.

Solution 6: Checking Graphics Drivers

Step 1: Boot computer into Safe Mode.

Step 2: Press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc in the dialogue box and press Enter.

Step 3: Navigate to device manager, locate NVIDIA hardware.

Step 4: Right-click it and select Uninstall device.

Step 5: Restart your computer.

Step 6: Default drivers will be installed against the hardware. If not, right-click and select Scan for hardware changes.

Solution 7: Update graphics card driver then restart computer

Download graphics card driver from manufacturer website, or from 3rd party market, such as NVIDIA and AMD. Then install it in Windows.