How To Fix Black Screen On A Laptop

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If you are wondering how to fix a black screen on your laptop, then this guide will help.

For many people, a black screen on their laptop can be a real pain in the neck. It is worse than the flickering screen or monitor ghosting. It doesn’t seem to be an issue with only laptops, however. Desktop PCs, Chromebooks and even Xbox are also prone to the black screen of death, but it isn’t as prevalent.

So, if you’re experiencing this problem, then it’s time to fix the black screen on your laptop. Keep reading!

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How To Fix Black Screen in Windows 7, 8, 10 and 11

The notorious black screen of death is an annoying issue that people often face while using their laptops. Sometimes their screen turns black or blank immediately after login or while doing any task on the laptop.

Whatever the case, we have a simple fix to your problem. And these methods will work for HP, Dell, Acer, Asus, Toshiba, Lenovo or any other laptop with Windows OS.

How to Fix Black Screen on a Laptop After Login

For many BSOD victims, the screen goes black but the laptop would still be running. Since the screen is black, you won’t be able to see what's going on. It is equivalent to going blind and the keyboard is your best and only friend in this situation. You need to use your keyboard to press some of the special keys to fix the problem.

  1. Start by trying a Windows key sequence to wake the screen. Press Windows key + Ctrl + Shift + B to restart the video driver and refresh the connection with the monitor.
  2. If the problem still persists, press the Windows key + P to open the Project menu. Then, press the down arrow and hit Enter to try out different display modes to see if the problem is solved.
  3. Your last resort is to try restarting your PC and see if the problem is solved. A shut down will also work (hold down the power button for about 10 seconds). To restart:
    1. First, press Alt + F4 keys
    2. Then, press the down arrow and hit Enter.
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If all else fails, there is still hope. There are things you can do to fix the black screen of death. Just connect your laptop to a monitor or TV via VGA cable and try out the fixes in the following section.

How to Fix Black Screen on a Laptop with Cursor

If you have a cursor on your black screen, you should consider yourself lucky. Because you can try out a lot of fixes and one of them will definitely resolve the issue. Begin by following the fixes listed in the previous section.

  1. First of all, restart the Windows Explorer program. To do that:
    1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, then select Task Manager.
    2. Under the Processes tab, find Windows Explorer. Right-click Windows Explorer, then select Restart.
  2. If you’re still seeing a black or blank screen, roll back the display adapter driver. Here is how to do it:
    1. Press Windows key + X, then select Device Manager from the menu.
    2. Find Display adapters, select the arrow to expand it, then right-click the item under it and select Properties.
    3. Select the Driver tab, then select Roll Back Driver > Yes.
    4. Shut down your device, then turn your device back on to see if the issue is fixed.
  3. If the problem persists, uninstall your display adapter driver. Here are the steps:
    1. Press Windows key + X, then select Device Manager from the menu.
    2. Find Display adapters, select the arrow to expand it, then right-click the item under it and select Properties.
    3. Select the Driver tab, then select Uninstall Device > OK.
    4. Shut down your device, then turn it back on.
  4. Perform a clean boot. Go over here for detailed instructions.
  5. If all else fails, restore your Windows back to an earlier point in time. To do that:
    1. Press Windows key + I to go to Settings.
    2. Select Update & Security  > Recovery.
    3. Then select Get started under Go back to the previous version of Windows 10.
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Hopefully, one of the above fixes will work for you. If none of them works, you can always contact a laptop repair technician to assist you. But, in most cases, the problem will be resolved by following the above steps and your laptop screen will be like the one below.

Why Is My Laptop Turning On But The Screen Is Black?

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Your laptop screen after trying out our fixes

We all have once faced this problem where your laptop is on but the screen is black. To help you out, here is a list of some possible reasons why your laptop screen is black:

  1. Outdated or faulty drivers
  2. Incompatible or out-of-date display drivers
  3. Corrupted firmware
  4. Issues with recent updates or installs
  5. Battery issues
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There are plenty of reasons why you might be experiencing this issue. But after running through our suggestions, you will hopefully no longer be troubled.