The Gigabyte RGB Fusion app is a must-have app for RGB PC users But this app comes with a lot of problems. And after so many years these issues aren’t fixed yet.
If you are facing issues like RGB fusion not working, being stuck on a particular color, crashing or freezing the PC, and not detecting your GPU and RAM then this post will solve all your problems, I promise you that.
I have gone through all these problems at different times and figured out what fixes these problems within a few minutes.
So, I highly recommend you go through this post carefully and avoid skipping any part to fix your RGB fusion app once and for all. in the end of this post, I’ve added separate sections on fixing RGB Fusion not detecting GPU, Trident Z RAM, and a proper guide on using the RGB Fusion app. Be sure to check it out after fixing the RGB fusion problems.
The Most Common RGB Fusion Problems
No matter if you are using the RGB Fusion or the RGB Fusion 2.0 there will be a problem for sure. This is really disappointing for a reputed brand like Gigabyte.
Here are the most common issues entangled with the Gigabyte RGB Fusion app:
- RGB Fusion shows a message saying “Please Wait” and then does nothing.
- The RGB lighting profiles don’t sync properly.
- LED lighting is stuck at specific colors like blue or yellow.
- The RGB peripherals don’t cycle through different colors or light up the selected color.
- RGB fusion doesn’t detect your GPU even though it’s a compatible gigabyte graphics card.
- The RGB Fusion app does not open and shows errors.
- The top-rated G.SKILL Trident Z series RGB RAM don’t sync with the RGB fusion.
- PC shuts down when you try to open RGB fusion or configure the RGB profiles.
Keep in mind that all of these problems have separate solutions. It’s very crucial to know what’s the reason behind these issues otherwise the solution will take you a long time.
So, to be more specific, let’s get to know more about the problems of RGB fusion.
Why is RGB Fusion Not Working?
Without knowing the reasons behind RGB fusion not working properly it is quite impossible to fix the issue.
It took me weeks to figure out the reasons behind RGB Fusion’s abnormal behavior. But don’t worry as I will explain them shortly so that you can get enough context to understand the problem.
Here are the main reasons behind RGB Fusion Not Working:
The compatibility issue is the most common scenario of facing problems with syncing different RGB components of your PC. If the hardware is not supported by the Gigabyte RGB Fusion app then it won’t be able to sync the lighting profiles of the app. To check if your components are RGB fusion compatible or not you can check Gigabyte’s official website.
In case your PC has virus/malware it can corrupt different files easily. And if any file inside your RGB Fusion installation directory gets corrupted it will stop functioning properly.
Old RGB Fusion Version
Not all RGB fusion versions will run smoothly with your PC components. If the RGB fusion/ RGB fusion 2.0 has the older build version it won’t work with a component that is newly released.
People often use multiple apps to sync and configure the RGB lighting of the peripherals inside their gaming PC. Apps like iCUE, Aura Sync, Razer Synapse, Polychrome Sync, Logitech G, and EVGA Precision X can have conflicts with the RGB fusion.
Incorrect Hardware connection
If the PC components aren’t plugged into the motherboard properly then they won’t sync properly with the RGB Fusion app. Many components come with RGB/ARGB ports like the case fans and the water pump of an AIO liquid cooler. These components won’t light up if their ports aren’t connected to the RGB/ARGB headers of the motherboard.
Outdated Firmware of Motherboard
Outdated BIOS can not detect new RGB components. That’s why using the latest firmware of your motherboard is the wisest decision.
Graphics cards and RAM don’t sync with RGB fusion mostly due to their outdated drivers. In my case, I have faced a problem with the Nvidia GeForce driver. If you are using an AMD graphics card your ATI Radeon or Adrenaline drivers might cause this problem.
Anti-cheat Software Conflict
RGB fusion can not function properly when your PC has Anti-cheat software like Riot Vanguard (which is an AI-based app to prevent cheating in games like Valorant). Other anti-cheat apps like BattleEye, PunkBuster, Easy Anti-Cheat, and FairFight can also cause the same problem.
Hard Drive Failure
I have faced this issue so I’m including it here. My SSD connection had a problem with the motherboard and it often caused BSOD on my Windows PC and the RGB Fusion app didn’t start at the startup. So, when I changed the SATA cable and connected the hard disk to another port of the motherboard it fixed the issue. Sometimes a loose connection can also result in the same problem.
How to Fix Gigabyte RGB Fusion Not Working
Now that you have already understood what’s causing your RGB fusion not to work appropriately it will be easier to fix the issue.
So, assuming that all of your components are compatible with RGB fusion and you have already checked all the connections properly as I’ve mentioned above we can start troubleshooting by following a few steps.
Ensure your PC components are RGB Fusion Compatible
RGB fusion only works on RGB Fusion Ready Motherboards. Without a supported motherboard, RGB fusion won’t work at all. Also, the components that you want to sync with the app need to be compatible too.
You can check if your components are compatible from the Gigabyte’s official website.
Update all your drivers
Updating the drivers of your components like the GPU and RGB Fusion Ready accessories like mouse, and keyboards will help in fixing RGB fusion not working.
To update drivers, right-click on the Start menu and select Device Manager. Find the devices that you want to sync with RGB Fusion. Now, right-click on it and select Update driver>Search automatically for drivers. This will install the latest version of the driver to your computer.
Delete the AtiTool folder and GvBiosLib.dll file
- Right-click on the RGB fusion app shortcut and click on Open file location.
- Delete the AtiTool folder from this directory of your PC(usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Gigabyte\RGB fusion).
- Remove the file named GvBiosLib.dll and restart your PC.
- Run the RGB fusion app from the desktop as an administrator, and the app should start normally.
The CMOS chip on the motherboard retains different types of data and settings like overclocking profiles, boot priorities, and RGB profiles. If you clear the CMOS, then the computer will start with all default BIOS settings. This is also known as resetting the BIOS of a motherboard.
CMOS can be cleared easily by taking out the CMOS battery or by clicking on the CMOS button (usually available on the highest-end motherboards).
If your motherboard doesn’t have a CMOS button then here are the steps to reset the CMOS of your motherboard:
- Turn off the computer and unplug it from the power source.
- Switch off the Power Supply for safety.
- Remove the side panel of the casing that’s covering the computer.
- Check where the battery is located on your motherboard.
- Take it off by pulling the clip at the side that holds it.
- Keep the battery out for 10 minutes and then place it in its place.
- Turn on the computer and your CMOS will be cleared.
Perform a Cold Boot
RGB fusion can often cause crashing or freezing of the PC. Cold booting your PC will solve this problem and make your RGB fusion work properly. A cold start is also beneficial when your RGB fusion is unable to detect any hardware.
To, Cold Boot your PC, turn it off first then unplug the power adapter. Disconnect all the unnecessary accessories and peripherals like USB pen drives, external hard drives, printers, and scanners. Hold the power button of your PC for 10 seconds then reconnect the power adapter of your PC and turn on your computer.
Reconnect All PC components
Disconnect all your components from the motherboard and reconnect them properly. Sometimes a loose connection can restrict your RGB fusion app to sync with the components. If there are multiple RGB/ARGB headers then connect the LED strips/RGB fans to a different port than the previous one. If there are fewer ports available on your motherboard, then you can get one of these RGB hubs(affiliate link).
Change Faulty HDD/SSD
Sometimes your hard drive can restrict the RGB fusion app to load the RGB profiles properly. The problem might be with the SATA cable, the Port of the Motherboard, or the HDD/SDD itself. So, test it by changing the SATA cable and switching to a new port on the motherboard. If nothing solves the problem then there’s no other option than to get a new hard drive.
Clean install RGB Fusion App
No matter if you are facing any problems or not, You should always have the latest RGB fusion software version. The older version of RGB Fusion or the RGB Fusion 2.0 does not work properly with the newer build version of your OS and new components.
Before doing a clean install, download the latest RGB Fusion version. Open the Windows Registry Editor (regedit) by searching it on the search box of your taskbar. Then delete the Gigabyte folder that is present inside Regedit. Now you can reinstall the app with default settings.
Note: Installing the app without deleting the registry entries of RGB fusion won’t solve your problem. So, carefully delete all the files related to RGB fusion from the regedit then go for t the installation process.
Disable Other RGB utilities
If you are using any RGB utility apps like the iCUE, Aura Sync, Polychrome Sync, Razer Synapse, Logitech G, or EVGA Precision X then you will need to disable/delete them. Software conflicts often cause weird RGB lighting effects and damage to your RGB components. So, if you want to sync a specific component/accessory with a different RGB utility then sync it first then disable it so the lighting profile of that component/accessory will remain the same. After that, you can open RGB Fusion as an administrator to make it work properly.
Update the BIOS of your Motherboard
The motherboard’s firmware version rarely cause a problem with the RGB utilities. But if your motherboard is 4-5 years old then you can consider updating to the latest firmware and it might fix your problem with RGB fusion completely. You can find your motherboard’s Bios later version from the Gigabyte website.
Uninstall Anti-Cheat Software
The Kernel-Level Anticheat software stops RGB fusion from working properly. These anti-cheat software usually install automatically with different online games. Uninstalling Anti-cheat apps like Riot Vanguard, BattleEye, PunkBuster, Easy Anti-Cheat, and FairFight can fix this problem.
Wait for the Program to Work Properly.
This sounds stupid but, the RGB fusion app is a bit slow. So, leaving the software open for a while can fix your problem sometimes.
All you need to do is Open the software as an administrator then put my computer to sleep for 2-3 minutes. Then open the tab of RGB fusion in windowed mode. I’ve seen this method work for me and my brother so I had to add it here. Sometimes patience is the key, my friend.
Using the RGB Fusion App properly
RGB Fusion is an important app for Gigabyte motherboard users. I haven’t found any good resource on the internet on how to use the RGB Fusion App properly which is very essential. So, I went through all of the settings and figured out what works the best.
Here are some of the points you should keep in mind while using the RGB Fusion app:
- By default, all your RGB components and peripherals synced with the RGB Fusion app will be stuck on a particular color (yellow/blue).
- If you want the RGB LEDs to cycle through different colors you will need to select the effect Cycle, Rainbow Loop, or Random.
- You can change the colors of LED lighting on different components separately by selecting them on the app.
- Some components come with different lighting zones. If you want to change the color of different zones separately, you can select that component from the app and then select the zones to change color.
- Some RGB components don’t come with ARGB LEDs. That’s why you see that some effects are missing when you select those components.
- You can change the lighting effect speed and LED brightness from the RGB Fusion app.
- You can save your favorite RGB settings in different RGB profiles so that you can load your desired one later on.
In case you don’t want to do all this stuff then you can check the best RGB fusion alternatives.
Fix RGB Fusion 2.0 Not Detecting GPU
We all know a gaming PC is dope when we see the lighting effects on the GPU. But it’s frustrating when this expensive card doesn’t light up at all for your RGB utility app.
So, I was using an Aorus RTX 2070 Xtreme which looks gorgeous with those Ring-type RGB lightings. However the RGB Fusion app was unable to sync with my GPU although my graphics card was RGB Fusion compatible. You can see the image of my PC which doesn’t look good without the RGB light of the GPU.
I have seen that this problem occurs with NVIDIA Graphics cards only, and I felt unlucky having one.
After changing a few settings, I found an easy solution for this issue which I am going to share with you now.
Note: The solution will only work if your GPU is RGB Fusion 2.0 compatible and made by Nvidia.
To fix RGB Fusion not detecting GPU:
- Install the Latest NVIDIA Control Panel, GeForce Experience & Game Ready Driver (GRD).
- Install the latest version of Aorus Engine.
- Run Aorus Engine as an administrator.
- Open RGB Fusion 2.0.
- Remove all your saved RGB profiles (You can create new ones after your GPU is detected by the RGB Fusion 2.0 app).
- Leave the RGB Fusion 2.0 app open for 10 minutes and your GPU will be automatically detected within that time.
- Experiment with different color combinations and lighting effects on your GPU.
In case this steps don’t work, then you can be sure that the LEDs are damaged on your GPU and you can claim your warranty for that reason.
How to Fix RGB Fusion 2.0 Not Detecting RAM
RGB Fusion does not detect RAM sticks only if it’s not compatible with the app. Many people have asked me why their RGB Fusion 2.0 doesn’t recognize RAM modules like the G.Skill Trident Z series. I have found out on the official Gigabyte website that these memory modules aren’t compatible with the RGB fusion app. So, these RAMs need to be Synced separately with the Trident Z Lighting Control app.
And if you want your RAM stick to sync with the RGB Fusion app in the best way then I’ll recommend you to get these compatible RGB RAM.
The Trident Z Lighting Control app conflicts with the RGB Fusion app and doesn’t work properly as RGB Fusion is already installed on the PC.
So, here’s how to fix the Trident Z Lighting Control app:
- Open the directory where you have installed RGB fusion (typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Gigabyte\RGB fusion).
- Delete the two files Spddupm and SPD_Dump as these create conflicts between RGB fusion and Trident Z Lighting Control.
- Install the latest version of the Trident Z Lighting Control app, and you will be able to sync the RGB lighting of the RAM.
Fix RGB fusion interfering with RAM overclocking
This is a quite different issue, but it occurs for most people.
You can check your RAM speed from the Task Manager’s Performance tab.
If you see that the overclocked memory modules are still running at 2133MHz, then there’s a chance that the RGB fusion app is the reason. This mainly happens when your power supply is old or is incapable of supplying sufficient power all the time.
Don’t worry you can fix the issue without changing your PSU.
Here’s how you do it:
- Go to the Power tab and in your BIOS.
- Enable ErP to prevent any RGB lighting when the PC is off (but plugged into a power source)
- Save the settings and exit.
- Cold Boot your PC as I have discussed earlier in this post.
Question: Is Trident Z RGB RAM compatible with RGB Fusion?
Answer: No, the Trident Z RGB RAM and its Royal series aren’t compatible with the RGB Fusion and RGB Fusion 2.0 app. So, you will need to sync them with the Trident Z lighting control app separately.
Question: Why my AORUS RGB M.2 NVMe SSD does not show up in RGB Fusion?
Answer: Aorus RGB M.2 NVMe SSD only shows up in the RGB fusion and RGB fusion 2.0 app only if you are using a gigabyte motherboard having RGB fusion compatibility. If you are using an Asus, MSI ASRock, or any other motherboard then it won’t show in the RGB fusion app, and you will not be able to control its light. I have tested this RGB M.2 SSD in both an Asus and a Gigabyte motherboard, and it turns out that the RGB only works when it’s attached to the Gigabyte motherboard.
I know how much trouble and stress you had to face for the Gigabyte RGB Fusion app. But hopefully, it’s all solved you can now enjoy the beauty of RGB lighting on your gaming computer.
But if you are still annoyed by the app you can use other utilities like OpenRGB. OpenRGB, it’s a third-party app, can control all RGB devices.
It’s natural to face computer problems like this but I’ll suggest you to stay up to date with the drivers to avoid such kinds of issues.