NVIDIA Driver installation on g5.xlarge instance not working


I have been trying to set up a g5.xlarge (windows server 2019) instance to run some tests on but I'm having difficulty with the NVIDIA driver installation. I followed this page: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/install-nvidia-driver.html (Option 2), on how to install the driver correctly and from checking the device manager I can see the NVIDIA A10G card under display adapters. All the program files seem to be there as well. The device manager says teh device is working correctly and the Events log shows it installed the driver.

I noticed I can't open the NVIDIA Control Panel, use NDI 5 Studio Monitor (Gives an error about OpenGL Shaders not supported), or find the GPU from my GC app which detects the GPUs on system to use for rendering if you prefer that. To me this would indicate that the driver isn't actually installed correctly because no applications seem to be able to find or use it. However, I was able to run GPU optimization commands into powershell (https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/optimize_gpu.html) and it worked just fine which I was not expecting since I thought it wasn't actually installed correctly.

We have set up multiple other EC2 instances using g4dn and following the same installation process everything is working just fine. I need to specifically test the new g5 stuff with our products but like I said, I can't seem to get the GPU to work at all

Would anyone have an idea as to why I can't use the GPU for anything and get it to start working?

asked 3 years ago2991 views
2 Answers


We just got a g5-4xlarge running using the exact windows image that we used for a g4dn -4xlarge., with driver.
Seems to working with openGL.

hope that helps a little.


answered 3 years ago

Turns out I need more disk space available. I extended the amount of disk space but had to move some stuff around to get enough space for it. The lack of error message from NVIDIA threw me for a loop :)

answered 3 years ago

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