Black screen after installing graphics driver [Fixed]

If after you update or install video card drivers on your Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer and after that you started experiencing black screen problems including your computer crashing or stuck on the Black Screen of Death, then you are in the right place to solve this problem.

Black screen after installing graphics driver

Generally, black screens after updating or installing video card drivers can occur for any but not limited to any of the following reasons.

  • The GPU drivers are faulty.
  • Overheating of components.
  • Electricity supply is insufficient.
  • GPU hardware failure.
  • Incompatibility of Windows system update (build/version) and graphics driver version.

Fix black screen after installing graphics driver

In the case of GPUs, the driver is an intermediary between the OS and your graphics card; It’s basically a program that controls how your graphics components interact with the rest of your computer, including software like SketchUp, your monitor, and so on. Assuming your computer doesn’t have the necessary GPU driver installed, chances are you’ll experience issues ranging from crashes to screen flickering, stuttering, frame drops, and even artifacts appearing on your monitor.

However, for some PC users, you may start to feel black screen problems after installing or updating the graphics driver on your Windows 11/10 computer. To fix the problem, follow these suggestions:

  1. Update Windows and check if the graphics driver is digitally signed
  2. Run the Windows Black Screen Troubleshooter
  3. Run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
  4. Rollback/reinstall graphics driver
  5. Hardware clean boot troubleshooting
  6. Update/downgrade BIOS.

Before you start, you can click Winkey+Ctrl+Shift+B keyboard combination to quickly restart the video driver and see if that solves your problem.

1]Update Windows and check if the graphics driver is digitally signed

To start troubleshooting to fix black screen problems after installing or updating the graphics driver on your Windows 11/10 computer, you first need to check for system updates and install all available bits on your device. If the black screen problem persists, you can check if the graphics driver is digitally signed using File Signature Verification (SigVerif.exe) or DirectX Diagnostics (DxDiag.exe) tool.

If the driver is signed and Windows is updated to the latest build/version but the issue is not resolved, you can run the Software Compatibility Troubleshooter to resolve any driver/OS compatibility issue, and you can install the graphics driver in compatibility mode by following these steps:

  • Right-click the driver installation file.
  • Choose Properties from the context menu.
  • Tap or click Compatibility tab.
  • Check the box Run this program in compatibility mode option.
  • Tap or click the drop-down box and select your previous operating system.
  • Tap or click good.

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2]Run Microsoft Online Black Screen Troubleshooter

Microsoft’s online black screen troubleshooter is designed to help PC users troubleshoot black screen or blank screen issues they may be experiencing on their Windows 11/10 device.

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3]Run the hardware and devices troubleshooter

Hardware and device troubleshooter

If you’re having problems with your power supply, motherboard, display cable, or video card, you may have a hardware problem that can lead to black screen problems after installing a graphics driver on your Windows 11/10 computer. There may be a problem with the HDMI cable. Verify that there are no hardware issues with your GPU by running the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter, which will help you determine if your GPU is malfunctioning or if there are software-related issues that the wizard will detect and recommend applying an appropriate fix. Alternatively, you can physically check and reinstall the RAM module, and run a memory test for bad RAM.

In some cases, if the HDMI cable you used to connect your computer to the monitor is faulty, you may experience a black screen problem. You can disconnect the HDMI cable and let the computer sit for a few minutes, then reconnect the HDMI cable and restart the computer. Also, check for problems with your power supply because a faulty power supply that is not providing enough power to the GPU and CPU can cause the hardware to malfunction, leading to the black screen problem.

However, there is a possibility that the problem is not hardware, but a software glitch, which can be fixed by adjusting settings (such as turning off high contrast) through the Graphics Control Panel or the Windows Settings app.

4]Rollback/reinstall graphics driver

Because a graphics driver that you installed or updated is causing you problems, you can either roll back the driver or go to the graphics card manufacturer’s website and then download and install an earlier version of the driver for your GPU hardware. You can also try reinstalling the driver and see if that solves the problem you are currently experiencing. To uninstall the driver, you can use the Display Driver Uninstaller utility for NVIDIA, AMD, or INTEL, or use any free third-party uninstaller.

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5]Troubleshoot Hardware Clean Boot

Clean boot troubleshooting (hardware)

Black screen issues may not necessarily be due to an installed/updated video card driver, rather it may be a driver conflict issue with other installed devices on your computer. In this case, you can troubleshoot with Hardware Clean Boot. To accomplish this task, you will need to turn off all hardware components that are not required for the system to work one by one in Device Manager, then re-enable each device one by one, then restart your PC to pinpoint the problem and find the devices or hardware that is likely causing the problem and then take the necessary steps to resolve it, which may either update the driver for the problem hardware or you may have to replace the faulty hardware if necessary.

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6]Update/downgrade BIOS

If you have updated the BIOS on your system, check if the update has changed the default CPU voltage and manually adjust the voltage accordingly. Insufficient processors can cause a black screen during or after installing the video card driver. You can use CPU-Z or any other third-party system resource monitoring software to check if your PC is running low on power. On the other hand, if you didn’t update your BIOS when you encountered the problem, then make sure your BIOS is updated if an update is available for your MOBO.

However, if the backlight problem started occurring after you updated the BIOS, and your PC was working fine before then, you can roll back the BIOS update.

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Any of these solutions should work for you!

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Why is my screen black after updating the driver?

If your PC screen is black after updating or installing a driver, it’s usually because sometimes after updating Windows 11/10, the PC resets and can’t detect external/peripherals like USB or wireless mouse instantly. If the USB device is still connected to the computer after the update, the PC may experience some graphics problems, resulting in a black screen.

Can graphics drivers cause a black screen?

Graphics drivers alone are not necessarily the cause of black screen problems, as there can be many different factors that can be responsible, ranging from random undetected errors to graphics driver installation errors. Other affected PC users have identified several issues that lead to this issue.