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Fix Generic PnP Monitor Driver Issue on Windows 10

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Someone may meet this situation: your real monitor cannot be detected by Windows 10, and it is listed as a generic PnP monitor or generic non-PnP monitor in device manager, sometimes with a yellow exclamation. Of course, for some monitors, the resolution is stuck at a number and you cannot reset it.

What is Generic PnP Monitor?

PnP is short for Plug-and-Play, it is proposed by Microsoft. When you plug a Dell, HP, AOC, ViewSonic monitor to the computer, it will play automatically. The generic PnP monitor appeared because the computer cannot identify the monitor manufacturer and model, so Windows system such as Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7 will install a generic monitor driver which may not be as functional as the manufacturer’s driver for this monitor. So this is why generic PnP monitor and generic non-PnP monitor replaced the real monitor in device manager.

A monitor driver mainly contains two parts: the screen resolutions and refresh rates.

How to change generic PnP/non-PnP monitor to the real monitor and solve the monitor driver issue? Here are solutions you can take to fix generic PnP monitor driver issue.

Solution 1: Reconnect the Monitor to Computer

Sometimes, reconnecting the monitor and restarting the computer will help to solve the issue that the computer can only use the generic PnP monitor. And for the laptop generic PnP monitor problem, you can view other solutions.

1. Turn off the computer and monitor.

2. Remove the monitor power cord for several minutes so that all the capacitors drain in the circuitry of the monitor.

3. Remove the video cable from the computer.

4. After a few minutes later, plug the power cord and video cable again.

5. Reboot the computer and turn on the monitor.

Windows will automatically detect the devices. After it recognized your monitor, the previous monitor is back again.

Solution 2: Update Generic PnP Monitor Driver

If Windows10 cannot recognize your real monitor, and the generic (non)PnP monitor have a driver problem, you must update the driver to fix generic PnP monitor driver issue.

1. Open device manager.

2. Expand Monitors tree, and find Generic PnP Monitor. Of course, maybe you will see the Generic Non-PnP Monitor. Right-click it to choose Update Driver Software.

update generic pnp monitor driver

3. Choose the first option. Windows will help to search the Internet and find the latest driver for the monitor and install it automatically.

automatically update generic pnp monitor driver

If Windows cannot help to find a right driver, you can install it manually.

4. In update generic PnP monitor window, choose the second option: Browse my computer for driver software.

browse my computer for generic pnp monitor driver software

5. Choose let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

let me pick from a list of device drivers

6. In the compatible hardware window, select show compatible hardware item and it will show all the compatible devices.

install compatible device manager

Try to choose the compatible model and install the driver.

Solution 3: Update Graphic Driver

If your monitor resolution is stuck in a low quality and you cannot reset it, reinstalling the generic PnP monitor driver cannot solve the problem, in this way you can update the graphic driver. After you updated the graphic driver, restart the computer, you can change the resolution.

If you are using the NVIDIA graphic, you can learn more about this article: how to update NVIDIA drivers for Windows 10.

If you are using the Intel graphic, you can learn more about this article: 4 ways to download and update Intel drivers.

If you are using the AMD graphic, you can learn more about this article: download and update the AMD drivers on Windows 10.

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For the generic PnP monitor driver and graphic driver issue, you can use Driver Doctor to help you fix it. Driver Doctor is a professional Driver Fixer. It can help you to find, download and update the device drivers automatically.
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This problem is related to two devices: the monitor and graphic. So after you finished scanning, pay attention to the graphic driver and monitor driver. You can download and update the two drivers easily and fast.

Solution 4: Update Windows Version

For the graphic driver and some monitor errors, I think check for windows update will be an acceptive way. This will help to update all the services and drivers including graphic, chipset and monitor.

1. Type Settings in the search box, and choose settings from the search result.

2. Choose the late one: Update & Security.

3. Locate Windows Update, and choose to Check for updates on the right side.

check for updates

If there a version to update, try to install the update for your computer.

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