SOLVED! “3D Vision Driver: Failed”

If you see “3D Vision Driver: Failed” as your PC runs NVIDIA Installer, you should update the driver of your NVIDIA graphics card by yourself. In the case that the driver is up-to-date but the issue persists, it’s wise to roll back driver, update driver, uninstall and reinstall driver, or use custom installation. … Not exactly tech-savvy and could use some help? Then this article may be of use to you.

The Number One Suspect: Compatibility 

All in all, “3D Vision Driver: Failed” usually suggests that there is a compatibility problem between the graphics card driver and the Windows operating system. Unless you take action, there is no way for NVIDIA Installer to complete the installation of 3D Vision Driver. If 3D Vision Driver is not around, your PC would have a hard time supporting 3D content from games to movies. 

How To Fix “3D Vision Driver: Failed” 

Update The Graphics  Card Driver

Once it comes to issues that involve drivers, you may want to conduct a driver update at the earliest opportunity. Nowadays, you could update drivers via Device Manager. 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Device Manager and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: In Device Manager, expand Display adapters, right-click on your NVIDIA graphics card and pick Properties.
  • Step 3: Navigate to the Driver tab, hit Update Driver and follow the instructions. 
  • Step 4: After the process finishes, restart your computer. 
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back, run NVIDIA Installer again.

Note: Sometimes, Device Manager is unable to detect new driver updates. Thus, it won’t hurt to visit www.NVIDIA.com and check out things on your own. 

Roll Back Driver

You suspect that a recent driver update is responsible for “3D Vision Driver: Failed”? In that case, feel free to roll back the driver to an earlier version. 

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Device Manager and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: In Device Manager, expand Display adapters, right-click on your NVIDIA graphics card and pick Properties.
  • Step 3: Navigate to the Driver tab, hit Roll Back Driver and follow the instructions. 
  • Step 4: Restart your computer.
  • Step 5: Give NVIDIA Installer another go. 

Uninstall And Reinstall 

It may be that an incorrect installation might have caused “3D Vision Driver: Failed”. If so, the do this:

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type Device Manager and hit Enter.
  • Step 2: In Device Manager, expand Display adapters, right-click on your NVIDIA graphics card and pick Uninstall Device.
  • Step 3: Check the checkbox next to Delete the driver software for this device before hitting OK.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer.
  • Step 5: Double-click NVIDIA Installer then see how things turn out. 

Make Use Of Custom Installation 

  • Step 1: Right-click NVIDIA Installer then pick  Run as administrator. Click Yes if prompted by User Account Control (UAC). 
  • Step 2: Go to Options, select Custom (Advanced) and choose Next.
  • Step 3: Tick all the components you need including 3D Vision Driver, check the Perform a clean installation checkbox and hit Next.
  • Step 4: Restart your computer.

Boot Into Safe Mode

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Update & Security then choose Security.
  • Step 2: Hit Restart Now under Advanced startup.
  • Step 3: When you see Choose an option, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  • Step 4: Press F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode or F5 to start your PC in Safe Mode with networking.
  • Step 5: Run NVIDIA Installer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the 3D Vision Driver a must-have?

3D Vision Driver is only necessary if your monitor supports 3D and if you want to see 3D content on it. If 3D is not a priority, you could skip over 3D Vision Driver.

Can I play all my games in 3D using NVIDIA 3D Vision?

You can only play NVIDIA 3D Vision-ready games which number about 400. You can also convert about 650 games into 3D.

How do I enable 3D for gaming?

Once you have NVIDIA 3D Vision installed, you could enable 3D to play games in two steps:

  • Step 1. Start the NVIDIA Control Panel
  • Step 2. Click Set up stereoscopic 3D. The wizard will take you through the prompts to set up the Infra-Red emitter and use the 3D glasses.

Is NVIDIA 3D Vision still available?

NVIDIA 3D said that they will discontinue 3D Vision in drivers starting from 2019, April 11. The last version was 425.31, and every driver release after that does not include 3D Vision support. Previous versions still support 3D Vision.

Why was NVIDIA 3D Vision discontinued?

The primary reason is the impact on health as a result of prolonged gaming using 3D glasses. Also, it’s worth pointing out that with 3D Vision around, monitors need to work twice as hard. If your PC lacks extra processors to accommodate the processing, you will get double images.

Tips And Tricks

  • As part of update preparation, stop all processes running in the background. 
  • Antivirus programs and Windows Firewall may interfere with update integration on occasions so shut them down beforehand. 
  • Sit away from your monitor while playing games using 3D glasses.
  • If you have already experienced vision issues, do not overindulge in 3D gaming.

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