Fix black screen when playing games Windows 11

Apr. 10, 2023 / Updated by Renata to Windows 11


There are two main reasons for the black screen when playing games, one reaon is the computer hardware problem, and the other is the computer software and driver problem.

For example: the refresh rate of the display is over high, the graphics card driver is faulty or the driver is outdated, the computer is infected with a virus due to browsing the web or downloading software, and the computer components are poorly connected resulting in a black screen (power problem).

The following are solutions for fixing black screen at gaming:

Solution1. Check computer hardware configuration

Solution2. Lower monitor refresh rate

Solution3. Restore drivers

Solution4. Update drivers

Solution5. Download an antivirus

Solution6. Select Safe Mode

Solution1. Check hardware configuration

Check 1: If the black screen appear when playing games, usually first check whether the hardware is damaged. To prevent black screen caused by poor contact, unplug and plug the display cord again, as well as the power cord. If the monitor shows no signal when it is turned on, it can indicate that the monitor is not faulty.

Please follow these steps:

According to this situation, it is mostly caused by poor contact of the memory or graphics card. Open the case box, re-plug the RAM(Random Access Memory), clean the metal block above of the graphics card, and it can usually be restored after booting. Be careful when reinserting.

Check 2: After the black screen appeared and it is found that the main frame has stopped running, and at the same time, the monitor also prompts "No Signal" after the black screen. This situation indicates that the monitor should not be faulty, and there is a high probability where is a problem with the power supply unit or the motherboard.

If the computer monitor goes black and prompts "No Signal" and the main frame is not running, it may be hot to touch the CPU or graphics card with your hands. But after a while(after the CPU cool down), pressed the power button, the computer can restart and the system can use normally. Then this situation is likely to be caused by a lot of dust in the computer case, high operating temperature, and poor heat dissipation. You can clean your main frame box.

Check 3: Power supply problem-First check whether the power socket interface is loose. If the interface is loose, plug it in again and turn on the power, which can basically solve the problem. If the interface is broken, replace it with a new one.

Summary: If it is confirmed that there is no problem with the interface, press the power button again to turn on the computer and observe the condition of the main frame. In this case, if the power light is on, but the computer cannot be turned on normally, it is likely that the motherboard or the power supply is faulty.

Solution2. Lower monitor refresh rate

Reason: The monitor's refresh rate is too high for the graphics card to keep up with the settings.

Solution: Enter into Taskbar Settings-choose display option-advanced display-and changed into a lower refresh-rate.

The refresh-rate usually lower than 60


Solution3. Restore drivers

After checking the hardware components, you still can't solve the problem of a black screen when playing games. There is a problem with the software or driver in the computer system. And there is a high probability that the computer driver is faulty.

How to restore drivers?

Press WIN+X at the same time, enter into Device Manager

Under the Device Manager, uninstall the graphics card device

Click the Action tab - scan for hardware changes

Then restart your computer, and the problem would properly be solved.



Solution4. Update drivers

It is recommended that you download a free driver download software, one-click installation, and one-click update, so that you no needed to update and uninstall the driver yourself to fix the black screen while playing games issue.

Scanning your computer for only one click

Download Driver Talent


Showing you all outdated drivers on list.

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The biggest highlight of this software is that it provides more versions of drivers for download instead of automatically updating the latest version.

With this software, you can update outdated devices and back-up as well, as restore the drivers as you need. In order to avoid driver problems in the future, you can also reinstall the problematic driver immediately, So that you do not need to check what is going on with computer drivers and update them manually.


Solution5. Anti-virus software

Your computer may have been infected with a virus while browsing the web or downloading software, which trigger black screen. If the above methods can not solve the black screen problem, then you can download anti-virus software to check the computer security issues.

Solution6. Select Safe Mode

There is also another method to fix the black screen when playing games or restart failure of the comp

Step1. To press "F8" to enter the system failure menu when the computer starting

Step2. select "Safe Mode" to enter or the "Last Known Good Configuration" item to enter the system, and it may be repaired system.

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