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Screen goes black when playing games on windows 10? Try these solutions

Did your screen goes black each and every when playing games on Windows 10? A number of users report while trying to open a game, the monitor didn’t say no signal, it just went black, the pc was still on and running but no picture or sound Well turned it off using the power button and then turned it back on everything was working just fine. Most commonly it’s either driver problem (Especially the display driver), overheating problem or GPU starting to fail. Again a corrupted data also may cause your monitor screen goes black when playing Fortnite.

Well If you are also struggling from similar problem the monitor screen goes black each and every time you start playing a new game, you can try following troubleshooting methods to fix this issue:


Black screen when playing games windows 10

Note: listed solutions below also applicable older versions of Windows 7 and 8.1 as well.

  1. Disconnect all external devices include the printer, scanner, audio jack, external HDD and more.

  2. Temporarily disable security software or uninstall it

  3. Again check and make sure the HDMI cable was connected correctly between the graphics card and your display monitor (applicable for Desktop users only)

  4. Always check your game’s minimum requirements and see if your PC’s hardware is compatible to play the game.

Apply latest Windows 10 updates

Microsoft regularly releases windows updates with various bug fixes and security improvements. If you get the black screen while playing games, it might be because of a pending update. The update itself can cause issues or certain outdated software might be the reason for this behavior. Let’s install the latest windows update that might have the bug fix for this problem.

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows + I to open Settings on your PC

  2. From there click on Update & Security.

  3. Under Windows Update (located in the left panel of the main window) make sure that there isn’t an update waiting for your approval.

  4. Click on the check for updates button to allow download and install the available updates and restart your computer.

  5. Try to play your games now and verify if the black screen problem persists or not.

Windows update

Update graphics drivers

As discussed before the most common cause for this black screen might be an outdated graphic driver or by a corrupted graphics driver file. If that’s the case, then you can fix this problem by updating your drivers:

  1. Press Windows + R, keyboard shortcut type devmgmt.msc and click ok,

  2. This will open Device Manager and display all installed device driver list

  3. Now, from Device Manage find (Expand display driver) your graphic drivers.

  4. Right-click on your drivers and select ‘update’.

  5. Click on Search automatically for updated driver software and follow on screen instructions to download and install updated graphics driver (if available) from windows update.

  6. Once done Restart your system in the end.

Update display driver

Manually reinstall the drivers

Again In some situations, automatically update your graphic drivers still leaves the corrupted files unresolved. Well, for resolving this particular problem, manually reinstall the drivers on your PC:

  1. Right-click on Windows 10 start menu and select Device Manager.

  2. Expend display driver, Right-click on graphic drivers and this time select ‘uninstall’.

  3. Click ok to confirm the same, and restart your PC to remove the driver completely.

  4. Also, access Control Panel switch to Category and click on Uninstall, under Programs Find any associated entry with your graphic card and uninstall these programs.

Now, Visit the graphics card manufacturer’s official web page, (AMD, Intel, NVIDIA) download the latest version of the graphics drivers that are compatible with your Windows 10 device and follow on-screen prompts for completing the installation process. Again restart your PC and then try to open the game that causing black screen while open.

Go Through Advanced Power Options

Here is another effective solution that probably helps to fix the issue.

  1. Open the Control Panel Under the search section, enter the power option and look for the entries with the same name.

  2. From your current Power Plan click on Change plan settings.

  3. Next, click on Change advanced power settings.

  4. From the up next window, you have to extend the PCI Express.

  5. Lastly, ensure that State Power Management is off for your computer.

Sometimes system file corruption also causes different problems include black screen while open heavy graphics applications like games, photoshop or 3D MAX. We recommend run system file checker utility that detects and automatically restores corrupted missing files with the correct one.

Again we recommend to check if your PC, the laptop is heating up a lot that causes also you may see a black screen while gaming. Check if your CPU /GPU fans are running at a slow speed or if they are not working at all.

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