Your screen remains black after turning on the PC? This is very frustrating, and you’re certainly not alone. Many Windows users are reporting this issue. But the good news is that you can fix it. Here are 5 solutions to try.

Try these fixes:

You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Check if your monitor is turned on
  2. Reconnect your monitor to your computer
  3. Disconnect your peripherals
  4. Reinstall your RAM
  5. Reset your BIOS settings to default
  6. Bonus tip: Update your device drivers

Fix 1: Check if your monitor is turned on

If your computer starts but displays nothing, you should check is if your monitor is working properly.

Check the power light of your monitor to verify that it’s turned on.

If your monitor won’t turn on, unplug the power adapter of your monitor, and then plug it back into the power outlet. If the problem still exists, you need to bring your monitor to the repair shop.

If your monitor works fine, try the fix below.

Fix 2: Reconnect your monitor to your computer

A poor connection between your monitor and your computer might also be the cause of your problem. In this case, reconnecting the two devices is very likely the solution to your problem. Here is how to do it:

1) Press and hold the power button until your computer turns off.

2) Unplug the video cable which connects your monitor to your computer.

3) Check the port connectors on your computer and on your monitor.

If any connector on your device is bent or damaged, you’ll need to take the device to a repair shop.

4) Check to see if your video cable is damaged. If the video cable is fine, reconnect your computer to your monitor. Or, if you have another video cable available, try connecting the two devices using the new cable.

5) Try turning on your computer to see if it can boot normally.

If your computer fails again, read on and check the fix below. 

Fix 3: Disconnect your peripherals

Sometimes, certain peripherals connected to your computer may also cause the black screen issue. Try disconnecting all your peripherals to see if that’s the core problem. Here is how to do it:

1) Press and hold the power button until your computer turns off.

2) Disconnect all peripherals (your printer, scanner, mouse, etc.).

3) Try turning on your computer again.

If your computer boots correctly, that means that one of the peripherals you removed is causing your problem. You should reinstall each device back into your computer and test them each time. Then, you’ll find the specific device that causes your problem. (Replace the device once you’ve identified it. Or, consult the manufacturer of the device for assistance. )

If your computer still can’t boot correctly, try the fix below.

Fix 4: Reinstall your RAM

A poor connection between your RAM and motherboard can also cause this problem. In this case, you need to reinstall your RAM. Here is how:

1) Press and hold the power button until your computer turns off.

2) Disconnect the AC power cord from the power supply, and then open your computer case.

This process will vary depending on different types of computers. If you don’t know how to do it, consult your computer’s documentation or seek professional help.

3) On your motherboard, remove your RAM from the memory slot.

RAM looks like this:

4) Put your RAM back into the slot.

5) Connect the AC power cord to the power supply, and then turn on your computer.

If your computer still can’t boot properly, don’t worry. Check the fix below.

Fix 5: Reset your BIOS settings to default

Improper BIOS settings can also cause your PC to boot into a black screen. To see if that’s the problem for you, you should reset your BIOS to factory settings. Here is how to do it:

1) Press and hold the power button until your computer turns off.

2) Disconnect the AC power cord from the power supply, and then open your computer case.

3) On your motherboard, remove your CMOS battery with your fingernail or a non-conductive screwdriver.

The CMOS battery looks like this

4) Wait for 5 minutes, and then reinstall your CMOS battery.

5) Connect the AC power cord to the power supply, and then turn on your computer to see if your problem persists.

Hopefully, this article helped! Please let me know which method helped you, or if you have a better idea on how to fix this issue. I would love your thoughts!

Bonus tip: Update your device drivers

A missing or outdated device driver can bring various problems to your computer, so updating your device drivers should always be your go-to option to prevent your computer from further issues. There are two ways you can get the driver safely:

Manual driver update – You can update your drivers manually by going to your hardware manufacturer’s website, and searching for the most recent correct driver. Be sure to choose only driver that is compatible with your Windows version.

Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your graphics product, and your Windows version, and it will download and install them correctly:

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to the graphics driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)

If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

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