How to fix No Dc Watermark while playing games?

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Issue: How to fix No Dc Watermark while playing games?

At random times, I receive the “No DC” watermark at the top-left corner of the screen. I am using an Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU, if that is of any help.

Solved Answer

Users started randomly receiving the “No DC” watermark at the top-left corner of the screen for a few months now. The watermark appears as soon as a particular application is launched and is not going away until it is closed.

While most of the instances were happening when playing games such as Minecraft or Runescape, there were also graphical editing software that was also affected, including Adobe products (such as Photoshop or Premiere),[1] Blender, or Godot. Also, some users noticed that the watermark sometimes switches to “Yes DC” when using different applications.

According to many reports, there was no particular event (at least a noticeable one) that prompted it to show up in the first place. Although, in some cases, the issue occurred right after a graphics card was changed to a brand new one, such as RTX 3070. In this article, we will provide methods on how to fix the “No DC” watermark while playing games or using other programs.

As it turns out, the issue lies within Nvidia, so it is natural that those using Nvidia GPUs[2] are affected. The reason why you see these “No DC” watermarks when using various programs or games is due to corrupted control panel settings. The issue is also related to graphic drivers, so reinstalling them could solve the issue.

How to fix No Dc Watermark while playing games?

Nevertheless, there are a few ways to fix the “No DC” watermark, and we provide those solutions below. Before you begin, we would like to offer you a neat helper for your Windows operating system – ReimageMac Washing Machine X9. The tool can take care of your computer's maintenance, freeing it from junk, fixing registry[3] problems, cleaning browsers, removing malware and its damage, and much more.

Fix 1. Change the settings in Nvidia Control Panel

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First of all, let's try changing the settings of the Nvidia Control Panel:

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel
  • Go to 3D settings > Manage 3D settings
  • In the Global Settings tab, scroll down until you see Threaded Optimization entry
  • If the setting is set to Custom or anything else, switch it to Auto and click Apply Put Threaded Optimization on Auto
  • Once done, close down the panel and restart your PC.

Alternatively, if you have tampered with the Nvidia settings before and it caused the “No DC” watermark to appear, you could restore the settings to default:

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel
  • Go to 3D settings > Manage 3D settings
  • In the right pane, select Restore. Reset Nvidia Control Panel Settings

Fix 2. Delete the nvdrssel.bin file within Nvidia folder

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Some people said that after applying fix number 1, the watermark went away for away but then came back once again. If that is the case for you, proceed with the following solution:

  • Press Win + E top open File Explorer
  • At the top, go to the View tab
  • Tick the Hidden items checkbox Make hidden files visible in File Explorer
  • Now click on This PC and access the C: drive (if that is the drive you use for your apps and the operating system)
  • From here, go to Program Data > NVIDIA Corporation > Drs
  • Right-click nvdrssel.bin file and select Delete, then empty your Trash; alternatively, click the nvdrssel.bin once and press Shift + Del on your keyboard. Delete the nvdrssel.bin file

Fix 3. Reinstall your GPU drivers

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In some cases, users might not be able to remove the “No DC” watermark even after applying the fixes above. If that is the case, we strongly suggest you perform a clean install of Nvidia drivers.

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