How to repair an MSI afterburner that doesn’t work

If you want to overclock or underclock your GPU, you’ve probably heard of an application called MSI Afterburner. Most manuals mention this application as an easy and reliable way to overclock or underclock your GPU. It supports Nvidia and AMD GPUs and can also be used to control GPU fan speed and temperature.

If you’re trying to use MSI Afterburner to change your system’s hardware and you can’t change anything, or the various commands don’t work, here’s what you can do.

Why does MSI Afterburner not work on Windows?

Why does MSI Afterburner not work on Windows?

There are several reasons that can prevent MSI Afterburner from working correctly on Windows. It also depends on which feature you are having problems with. However, you should have a clear idea of what your scenario might be by looking at the list of causes we have prepared below!

Different overlays on your computer – When you have multiple overlays running at the same time, errors can only ruin everything! The most common culprits are undoubtedly Steam and NVIDIA overlays, which must be turned off in order for MSI’s afterburner to work properly.

Integrated graphics card – if you’re having trouble overclocking MSI Afterburner, consider disabling your BIOS-integrated graphics card to move all graphics processing to an external graphics card!

How do I fix MSI Afterburner not working?

How do I fix MSI Afterburner not working?

Ctrl+F does not work.

You can access the fan speed control with the Ctrl+F key combination, but your GPU must have its own fan to use this function.

Check your GPU fan

To check if your GPU has its own fan, you can look at the packaging or box it came in, or Google the model number.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and select Task Manager from the context menu.
  2. In Task Manager, click the Performance tab.
  3. In the left column select GPU – 1.
  4. In the top right of the GPU – 1 table, pay attention to your GPU model.
  5. Visit the GPU manufacturer’s website and check your model’s specs to see if it has its own fan. Typically, GPUs used in laptops do not have their own fan.

Allows you to modify the hardware

Once you confirm that your GPU has its own fan that MSI Afterburner can control, you may need to activate the fan control yourself.

  1. Click the “Settings” button in the main view of MSI Afterburner.
  2. Click the Fans tab (if the Fans tab is missing, the application will not be able to detect your GPU fan).
  3. Check the “Enable automatic fan control with custom software” option.
  4. Press Ctrl+F and you will see the fan curve.

If there is no GPU fan to control, you can use other applications to control fans on your Windows 10 system.

Cursors are inactive.

MSI Afterburner sliders can be inactive for two reasons: an application problem or a hardware limitation. To solve the problem with the application, you need to uninstall it.

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Go to Programs -> Remove Program menu.
  3. Select MSI Afterburner from the list of installed applications.
  4. Click the Uninstall button at the top.
  5. During the uninstall process, MSI Afterburner will ask you if you want to keep your settings. Be sure to select NO.
  6. Once the application is uninstalled, reinstall it and you will at least be able to check your memory clock and central clock.
Other sliders are inactive

Your GPU model may not allow you to change the voltage and power consumption of the chip core. In this case, the sliders of these two elements will not work. Such limitations are usually found on notebook GPUs, and there is no way around them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sliders on MSI Forsage can be inactive for two reasons: application problem, hardware limitation. To solve the problem with the application, you need to uninstall it. Go to Programs -> Remove Program menu. Select MSI Afterburner from the list of installed applications.

  1. Click the "MSI Afterburner" link and download the installer.
  2. After downloading, run the installer and install Afterburner and Rivatuner.
  3. Restart your computer and download MSI Afterburner to start using the program.

Try downloading and installing a beta version of Afterburner after uninstalling the existing version to see if that solves the problem, or if you're using the latest beta version, try going back to the stable version. Also, check the afterburner settings and see if you need to manually select the card.

The program is designed for MSI graphics cards, but it works for all other graphics card brands as well. Like the ASUS GPU Tweak Utility, this means that MSI Afterburner works with both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards. At a glance, you can see GPU temperature, GPU usage, fan speed, and RPM.

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