WHAT IS THE BLACK SCREEN ON WINDOWS 10?
The Black Screen is an issue screen displayed by some operating systems after getting a critical system problem which can cause the system to turn off.
WHAT CAUSES BLACK SCREEN ON YOUR COMPUTER?
Various problems can cause the black screen of death. In there, we’ll give you solutions for the most common causes:
- Incomplete Windows 10 installation
- Windows Update
- Software and driver errors
- Connection or Display issues
- Overlocking monitor
- Power supply problems
All the issues above can lead to a black screen in Windows. Luckily, almost all Black Screen of Death issues can be solved.
WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOUR SCREEN GOES BLACK?
1. BLACK SCREEN WHEN INSTALLING WINDOWS 10
Black screen can happen when you are installing windows 10, include updating to new version from a previous version.
- Windows 10 is installing: In this case, check the LED in hard drive. If the LED is blinking, installing progress is still running, but slow. It may be caused by the age of the computer. Windows 10 should complete within 2 hours in most cases.
- Installing is stuck: If this has occurred and there is no HDD activity, power off the computer by holding the power button for six seconds
- If this has happened and there is no HDD activity, shut down the computer by holding the power button for few seconds. Disconnect any non-vital peripherals, then turn on your computer again. Setup should reboot; if you’re in updating from an old Windows version, try installing with the media creation tool.
2. BLACK SCREEN OF DEATH ISSUE WHEN WINDOWS 10 UPDATE
- On Windows 10 systems, a Black Screen can be caused by an unfinished Windows Update.
- What typically issues is that the system restarts as part of the update process and you’re in a login screen. However, after entering your password, Windows 10 stucks with a black screen after login. The mouse is responsive;there are some icons in desktop but there is no taskbar. In short, Windows 10 is stuck with a black screen of death.
- To resolve this problem, the simple way is holding the power button on your laptop or PC to turn off the computer. A cold start should result in the system restart properly. If not, find the ways how to recover Windows 10.
3. SOFTWARE ERROR
- A black screen error is often caused by a software issue. This most frequently occurs when running a program that takes over your entire screen. Typical culprits are media players or PC games which are running in full-screen mode.
- In these cases, the computer should otherwise appear to run well. Diagnosis should be easy to reproduce. Simply launch the program for a media player or game then view in full screen mode.
- However, solving the problem can be difficult; if the bug lies in the software, there may be no solution. You can try to fix it by running the program at a different resolution.
4. DISPLAY ISSUE OR ERROR CONNECTION
- Video issues are other very common causes of the Black Screen of Death. No screen output means a black screen, whatever the specific issue might be. Windows may even be presenting a Blue Screen – but you’d never see it!
- Don’t worry! Check your video connection. Make sure that both ends of your DisplayPort cable or DVI, HDMI is seated and that the cable is undamaged.
- Did you just upgrade your drivers? There’s a chance that Windows is still trying to run the screen at the higher refresh rate. To solve this, you’ll need to go into Safe Mode, find whatever program you use to overclock your monitor and remove the overclocked resolution. Then, log into Windows as you normally would, and the screen should work.
- If these easy solutions don’t work, you’re likely facing with video adapter issues. If you have a discrete video card, try to remove your card and re-connect to your motherboard’s integrated video.
- Does your monitor work? Then the video card is the problem. Try to update the latest driver version available or back to an old driver if you just recently updated. Also check the video card for obvious signs of defect, like charred electronics or a broken cooling fan.
- The monitor also not work when connected to integrated graphics because you may have a monitor issue. Check it by connecting to another computer. If the monitor does work with another PC, but not with yours, then you’re probably looking at a hardware issue elsewhere that impacts the video card’s ability. Likely candidates include the hard drive, the motherboard and the hard drive.
- All computers generate heat. This heat must be removed to keep the system running stable; high temperatures can cause components to lock-up and get damaged. Luckily, computers are built to turn off before that occurs.
- This will usually result in a black screen of death, which may or may not be happened by a restart.
- In many cases, overheating is caused by the driver cards or the processor. As noted, you should suspect the driver cards if you see a black screen when the computer otherwise appears to be working (the fans are on, the hard drive light active, etc).
- If the processor has overheated, the black screen of death will usually prompt a restart or automatic turn of of the PC.
- Overheating can often be solved by opening your PC and cleaning out the dust. Use a vacuum to suck up obvious dust and use a can of compressed air to dislodge stubborn dirt. Also, check that all fans are still working and replace any that aren’t. If the problem still happens after these steps, you may have a error cooler or flawed processor and video card.
6. USING SAFE MODE TO FIX BLACK SCREEN OF DEATH
- A Black Screen of death as the resulting of hardware and driver issues can be fixed via Safe Mode.
- If your computer is stucking with a black screen, reboot the computer and hold F8 or Shift+F8. This should boot the computer into Safe Mode.
- Unable to enter Safe Mode in this way? Try switch the computer off then back on again during the Windows splash screen. On the third attempt, the system will automatically boot into Safe Mode.
- When Safe Mode running, click the Advanced Options button then Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. In the subsequent screen, choose Option 4, Enable Safe Mode and wait for Windows Safe Mode to start.
- Once booted, press Windows + X to open the Quick Link Menu, then click Device Manager.
- Open Display Adapters then right-click The Device and choose Disable.
- Restart the computer to recommence installation of Windows 10. If successful, open Windows Update, download the latest device drivers and solve the Black Screen of Death issue.
7. PROBLEM WITH YOUR POWER SUPPLY UNIT (PSU)
- A faulty PSU may cause your PC to stuck with a black screen.
- PSU issues can be difficult to find, but you can diagnose it simply through the process of elimination. If you’ve checked other hardwares and no components are overheating, then the power supply is a likely culprit.
- In some cases, the PSU may not even be errored. Upgrades to new driver cards or processors can impact the power supply. In short, your computer is not getting enough power.
- You can only know for sure by replacing the new PSU. As this is a last solution, work through the other ways.
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