How to fix a black screen on a laptop

Encountering a computer problem is no fun, even less so when there seems to be no way to fix it because you literally don’t see what is causing the issue. All you see is a black screen. Not even the Blue Screen Of Death that would at least give one a clue what is wrong with your Windows laptop or Windows computer – only plain dark monitor.

Black screen
Black screen

Further, we are giving 5 valid tips on how to fix the computer black screen. But firstly, let us roll out several obvious reasons why the issue may have occurred in order we don’t give the issue more effort than it (possibly) requires. Before proceeding to more complex actions aided to resolve the windows black screen, one should make sure to do the following:

  1. Restart the laptop or PC. This simple step may fix the issue.
  2. Reboot the system by pressing the power button for 3 to 10 seconds to shut it down and then again press it to turn it on.
  3. If see the black screen, make sure you can hear the cooler working. This will prove that the device is working and only the screen is not.

You have done these steps but the laptop black screen problem remains? Then keep reading, the 5 possible ways how it can be fixed will follow.

Types of the problem

The most common scenarios when you may experience the black screen are a) immediately after logging in, b) in the process of using the laptop (PC), and c) before you even log in as you see the black screen on startup. Any of these can happen if a wrong default monitor is selected, in case Windows updates or drivers are installed incorrectly, because of a poorly configured antivirus that interferes with loading. It is also possible that explorer.exe file is damaged or its autorun may not start correctly. A program conflict can also cause the problem, so the possibilities vary.

How to fix the problem

Listed further are possible ways to fix the black screen on windows 10 that require no extra effort or money. 

If a black screen appears immediately after you turn on the laptop and there is no BIOS or Windows splash the screen, then Operating System is not to blame. It is worth checking the startup of the computer itself and the performance of its main components. Alternatively:

Check your laptop power cord to make sure it’s plugged in properly.

  1. If you’re using a desktop computer, check the display in terms that it’s properly connected to the computer with the power outlet. If using a laptop, you may try connecting a different monitor (same advice is actually eligible for a PC). This will roll out the possibility your primary display is working unproperly.
  2. Sometimes the black screen appears due to incorrect connection between your laptop (PC) and the external devices connected to it, so be sure to turn off any unnecessary devices.  Once this done, press ‘Windows + CTRL + Shift + B‘ shortcut to wake PC/laptop screen from sleep.
  3. If you get a black screen WITH a white cursor after logging in, then try using the keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl + Shift + Esc’ to open the Task Manager. In it, click on file -> Run new task -> type explorer.exe and press ‘OK’. This should bring you back to your normally operating home screen.
  4. Try restarting your laptop. To restart black screen laptop simply press the power button and hold it for 3 to 10 seconds, till you hear the distinct sound of the device’s cooler and hard drive put to sleep (they will stop making any noise). This simple action may fix dark screen on your Windows laptop (PC).

Update your graphics driver

One other possible way how to fix blank screen on laptop is to ensure your graphics driver remains updated. This can be managed only if you successfully add the second monitor to your laptop (PC), as you will need to see what is going on and at least press ‘OK’ during the software update process. Windows 10 reminds the users to update the drivers from time to time, so if you missed the opportunity to do it earlier – now is the time to do it.

Video card setup
Video card setup

Roll back your graphics driver

Boot your computer in Safe Mode (you can read details on how to go about it further in this article) and proceed to Device Manager. Open the “Display adapters” item and select the device you are using, then select “Properties”. Once this is done, proceed to the “Driver” tab and click on the “Roll Back”, but only after you confirm the action.

Disable the device and reactivate it.

Rollback graphics drivers
Rollback graphics drivers

Uninstall and reinstall your graphics driver

This advice on how to fix the black screen Windows 10 is ligit when the problem occurs right after you have updated the drivers for the video card or reinstalled them. What you will need to do is you’ll need to boot the computer in safe mode, after that you remove the problematic driver.

Open the “Device Manager” by typing the corresponding query in Windows system search, or alternatively use the devmgmt.msc command. Then open the ‘Display Adapters’ and remove the laptop (PC) you are using. Once this is done, feel free to restart the device and install the new driver.

Uninstall graphics driver
Uninstall graphics driver

Disable the startup items using the Task Manager

Turn off all startup items. This can be done in Task Manager if you simply click (mouse right button) on the taskbar and select Task Manager. Alternatively, try pressing the command Cntr+Alt+Delete and left-click on the Task Manager in the list that’ll pop up. Once this is done, go to Startup. In order to turn off the items, you can simply select each one you see here and press ‘Disable’.

Task Manager
Task Manager

PS: : How to boot your Windows Laptop (PC) in Safe Mode

To go around solving any Windows related issue, one should know how to use the Windows system boot in Safe Mode (to put it in other words, starting the system with a limited set of system files and drivers). If you boot Windows in safe mode and the encountered problem (black screen included) resolves, this will exclude the basic set of drivers from the list of possible problem causes, correspondingly reduce the number of possible problem sources and definitely help with troubleshooting your laptop (or PC).

To boot Windows in safe mode:

  1. Simultaneously press the Win+R key combination (Win is the Windows logo key).
  2. Type msconfig in the box that opens and click OK.
  3. Open the Boot tab and in the Boot Options section check the box next to Safe Mode.
  4. Restart your computer to start Windows in safe mode.

TWhen you decide to exit Safe Mode, you can do it by simply restarting your laptop or PC.