Monday, March 4, 2024

Starfield: How To Fix GPU Doesn’t Meet Minimum Requirements Error


Starfield is one of the biggest titles released in 202 and the biggest game from Bethesda. There is no denying that the PC version of the game had some issues at launch including the lack of a FOV slider, and DLSS support, and PC users were experiencing errors and issues like Error 0xC0000005, DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG error, and more. Now PC users report that they are experiencing the “Graphics Card Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements” error. In this Starfield guide, I will list fixes that will help you resolve the “Graphics Card Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements” error.

Starfield GPU Doesn’t Meet Minimum Requirements Fixes That’ll Help

This is a GPU-related error that is occurring due to multiple reasons like Windows not switching to the dedicated GPU when a game launches, outdated GPU driver, outdated Windows, and more. The following are the fixes that will help you fix Starfield’s “Graphics Card Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements” error.

Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

Outdated drivers are often the culprit behind such errors. Here’s how you can update them:

  1. Visit your graphics card manufacturer’s website (NVIDIA, AMD, Intel).
  2. Download the latest driver for your graphics card.
  3. Ensure to do a clean install of the driver and restart your computer.
Download the driver and launch the setup.
Agree to terms of and conditions.
Select custom and click next.
Check ‘Perform a clean installation’ and click next to install.

Windows and Other Driver Updates

Ensure your system is running the latest version of Windows 11/10. Starfield requires Windows 10 version 21H1 or later. PC users report that updating to Windows 10 22H2 fixes Starfield’s “Graphics Card Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements” error. Check your Windows version and install any available updates. Here’s how to use Windows Update:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to “Update & Security.”
  3. Click “Windows Update.”
  4. Select “Check for updates.”
  5. If updates are available, install them.

Verify the Integrity of Game Files

Corrupted or missing game files can cause errors. To verify the integrity of Starfield’s game files on Steam:

  1. Right-click on Starfield in your Steam library and choose “Properties.”
  2. Go to the “Local Files” tab.
  3. Click on “Verify Integrity of Game Files.”
Open properties by right-clicking the game.
Verify Game files.

Disable Overclocking, Enable Debug Mode

Overclocking can cause instability. Disable any overclocking settings for your graphics card to see if it resolves the issue. In case you haven’t overclocked your GPU, check if your GPU is factory overclocked. Moser GPUs from third-party AIB partners like Zotac are factory overclocked or use higher GPU and Memory clocks. Enable the Debug Mode to force the GPU to use Nvidia’s recommended clocks. Open the Nvidia Control Panel > Help > Debug Mode. This will fix Starfield’s “Graphics Card Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements” error.

Select the Dedicated Graphics Card for Starfield

Sometimes, the wrong graphics card might be selected, causing this error. To ensure Starfield uses the dedicated graphics card:

  • Open Windows 11/10 Settings.
  • Navigate to “System > Display > Graphics.”
  • Select “Desktop app” (or “Microsoft Store app” if you installed Starfield from Xbox Game Pass) in the drop-down menu.
  • Browse and select Starfield.
  • Click on Options.
  • Choose “High Performance” in the options for your dedicated graphics card and save the changes.
Open Windows Settings and go to System > Display > Graphics.
Find the game and click on Options.
Check "High performance" for your dedicated GPU and save.

Another way to ensure Starfield uses the dedicated GPU instead of the integrated GPU, is to force it through the GPU driver for both Nvidia and AMD GPUs.

For Nvidia, open Nvidia Control Panel > Manage 3D Settings > Program Settings > select the game > select “High-performance Nvidia processor” under the preferred graphics option.

AMD GPU owners have to open Radeon Settings > Preferences > Additional Settings > Power > Switchable Graphics Application Settings. Select the game and select the “High-Performance profile” to the game under Graphics Settings.

That is all for our Starfield fixes for the “Graphics Card Does Not Meet Minimum Requirements” error. If you are facing errors and issues with other PC games or your PC then also see our hub for commonly occurring PC errors and their fixes.

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David is a highly skilled technical writer with 5+ years of experience in providing fixes for video games and tech bugs. He is an expert in troubleshooting and has helped countless gamers overcome frustrating technical issues.In addition to providing bug fixes, David also specializes in writing technical reviews for video games. His expertise in the industry allows him to provide insightful commentary on gameplay mechanics, graphics, and other technical aspects that are crucial to a game's success.

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