"Unsupported GPU Processing Mode" or "CRITICAL_QUIT: GPU Initialization Failed" is displayed


When I started DaVinci Resolve, it was displayed as "Unsupported GPU processing mode." Is there any way to deal with this?

"Unsupported GPU Processing Mode Please review the GPU drivers and GPU configuration under preferences." is displayed.

At the same time, "CRITICAL_QUIT: GPU Initialization Failed DaVinci Resolve could not initialize OpenGL. Please ensure that the latest graphics drivers are installed." may be displayed.


"Unsupported GPU processing mode" is the reason why the GPU is not expected by DaVinci Resolve. Also, "CRITICAL_QUIT: GPU Initialization Failed" will be displayed if there is a problem with the GPU settings. It is considered an error that does not occur in the mac environment where the types of GPU are limited to a few. It seems that the same message may be displayed in the Linux environment, but here we will answer for the Windows environment.

This answer has not been confirmed in our environment, but it is also a summary of consultations on the same phenomenon and information on the official forum. Although the possibility of the cause other than the contents of the description is not 0, we recognize that there is nothing that does not correspond to these from our experience.

If you select "Update Configuration", the configuration will be displayed, but if the graphic board is not displayed in the first place or "Main display GUP Unknown is not supported" etc. may be displayed. We have confirmed that the graphic board may not be displayed when "CRITICAL_QUIT: GPU Initialization Failed" is displayed.


This is displayed when DaVinci Resolve recognizes that an unsupported GPU is set to be used for one or more of the following reasons.

  • The GPU is temporarily not working properly due to system load, etc.
  • An unsupported graphics driver is being used
  • An unsupported setting is set on DaVinci Resolve
  • You are using an unsupported GPU


The GPU is temporarily not working properly due to system load, etc.

It could also be caused by a temporary issue.
Reboot the OS once and check if the problem persists. Even if it's not under load at the moment, it's possible that for some reason the GPU driver stopped working properly after the PC booted up to this point. I can't say for certain that this will happen, but usually it's fine, but if it happens occasionally, check Device Manager and you'll see an exclamation mark "!" indicating a problem with your display adapter. There is a possibility that
If the problem persists after restarting, update to the latest graphics driver.

An unsupported graphics driver is being used

Even if a compatible GPU is installed, DaVinci Resolve will judge it as an unsupported GPU if the appropriate graphics driver is not set up. Also, even if the graphics driver has already been applied, it may be judged as unsupported if it is old.

First, update to the latest graphics driver.

An unsupported setting is set on DaVinci Resolve

The cause is unknown, but it occurs when graphics settings that should not be set in DaVinci Resolve are set. For example, if the CUDA settings that only work with NVIDIA graphics boards are set for graphics chips from other companies. (Probably, I think that it will happen when the GPU is replaced.)

Conversely, if OpenCL is set for an NVIDIA graphic board, operation itself is possible, but in order to obtain optimal performance, it is recommended to modify it so that CUDA is selected appropriately. .

In environments where multiple GPUs can be used, selecting the appropriate GPU may solve the problem.

In the case of some notebook PCs and desktop PCs, the CPU built-in GPU function "iGPU" and an additional graphic chip (graphic board) "dGPU" may be installed. There are two patterns depending on the product.

  • When dGPU is recognized, iGPU side is disabled
  • Both iGPU and dGPU are enabled

If iGPU is disabled, there are few problems, but if both are enabled, the problem is whether DaVinci Resolve recognizes your GPU. In that case, go to DaVinci Resolve]-[Preferences], uncheck "Auto" in "GPU configuration", uncheck "Auto" in "GPU selection", and uncheck iGPU (eg Intel GPU) please give me. If that doesn't help, you can try disabling the Intel GPU in BIOS or Device Manager. Please check with your PC manufacturer for details, including whether or not there is a problem with disabling it.

Also, in the case of a configuration in which the iGPU built into the CPU and the dGPU in the graphic board are installed at the same time in the Windows environment, disable the iGPU or set "Unsupported GUP processing mode" or "Unsupported GPU processing mode." <update configuration> in the dialog In some cases, this can be resolved by setting DaVinci Resolve's environment settings to use only compatible GPUs, such as processing with dGPU.

You are using an unsupported GPU

Blackmagic does not publish individual lists of supported GPUs. For this reason, we will refer to the description in the release notes to determine whether the environment is compatible.

However, older GPUs may not be supported even if the environment is assumed to be compatible according to the release notes. For this reason, we recommend that you first update your graphics driver and check your DaVinci Resolve settings to see if there is any improvement.

I'm not sure about the recommended specs, but Blackmagic's response on the official forum says that Intel 3000 and 4000 series iGPUs are not supported as of version 17. I'm a little skeptical about the accuracy of the information, but I've heard some troubles with the Intel 3000 and 4000 series, so I know it's true.

When it becomes unavailable from a certain version

Even though it was working up to a certain version, this message may be displayed after upgrading.
This happens when you were able to use it even though it was not recommended in the previous version.
I've seen multiple reports that this message started appearing after a minor version upgrade to version 17.4.x in environments using the Intel 3000 and 4000 series.
If your GPU is old and updating the graphics driver does not solve the problem, it is likely that this is the case. Please consider updating.
In addition, please use it by returning to the version before the update until the environment that supports it is ready.

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Added CRITICAL_QUIT: GPU Initialization Failed information 2023/01/25

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