This is an issue on the host's computer (the person attempting to host a game) that means Parsec couldn't capture their display. Below are the possible things that can cause this.
If the host is on a laptop, this is most likely the issue which we fixed with an update on 21st of May 2021. Please update Parsec to the latest version by restarting your laptop. If this doesn't fix your issue, you can follow our old fix for dual graphics laptops here.
There are some rare few games that don't report their resolution correctly to Windows when in fullscreen, which messes with Parsec. Try to change the game to windowed or borderless fullscreen.
If guests get ejected in these specific scenarios, see this article.
Parsec requires the host's graphics card to believe there is a physical monitor connected to a display output port in the graphics card. You can't use Parsec along with a USB display adapter, and some docking stations.
If running a headless system, or attempting to run Parsec from a virtual machine that has a GPU passed through to it, you will need to simulate a display being plugged into the GPU.
You can upgrade to Warp to unlock virtual displays in Parsec's host settings that allows you to create up to two virtual monitors. Parsec Warp also includes Privacy Mode, which automatically turns off your physical monitors when enabled to keep what's on your screen private. Virtual Monitors and Privacy Mode are also available in our commercial product, Parsec Teams.
Alternatively, you can purchase a HDMI dongle to generate a monitor, (we recommend this one). Using an HDMI Dongle can be problematic if you also plan to physically use this host machine, as while the headless hdmi dongle is plugged in, you will have an invisible monitor at all times. On QUADRO or TESLA graphics you might be able to simulate an EDID via NVIDIA Control Panel.
This only applies to you if you use Windows RDP. If you don't use it or you don't know what this is, ignore this section.
For the best performance, you should close all RDP sessions before connecting with Parsec. Parsec is generally able to stay connected at the same time as RDP, but performance will be significantly worse. Since Windows 10 Build 1903, WDDM graphics mode causes bugs while Parsec and RDP are used together. If you get error -14003, turn off WDDM graphics in favor of XDDM:
- Run "Edit group policy"
- Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Remote Desktop Services > Remote Desktop Session Host > Remote Session Environment
- Set "Use WDDM graphics display driver..." to "Disabled"