Why is my screen suddenly black?

Answered by Cody Janus

There could be a few different reasons why your screen is suddenly blacking out. In this case, I will focus on the two most common causes: faulty cables and outdated drivers.

1. Faulty cables: One of the first things you should check is the cable connecting your monitor to your computer. Sometimes, the cable can become loose or damaged, causing the screen to black out intermittently. You should ensure that the cable is securely plugged in at both ends – the back of the monitor and the back of the computer. Try gently wiggling the cable to see if you notice any changes on the screen. If you do, it’s likely that the cable is the culprit.

If you suspect a faulty cable, you should try using a different cable to connect your monitor to your computer. If the blackouts stop, then you know the original cable was the problem. In that case, it’s a good idea to replace the faulty cable with a new one to prevent future issues.

2. Outdated drivers: Another common reason for screen blackouts is outdated graphics drivers. Drivers are software programs that allow your computer to communicate with the hardware, including your monitor. If the drivers are outdated, they may not work properly and can cause intermittent blackouts.

To check if your drivers are up to date, you can follow these steps:

– On Windows: Right-click on the Start button and select “Device Manager.” Expand the “Display adapters” category, right-click on your graphics card, and select “Update driver.” You can choose to search automatically for updated driver software, or you can download the latest drivers from the manufacturer’s website and install them manually.

– On macOS: Click on the Apple menu and select “About This Mac.” In the window that appears, click on “Software Update.” If there are any updates available for your graphics drivers, they will be listed here. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the updates.

Updating your drivers can often resolve issues with blacking out screens. If you’re unsure about how to update your drivers or if you’re uncomfortable doing it yourself, you can also seek assistance from a knowledgeable friend or a professional technician.

In addition to these two common causes, it’s worth mentioning that there could be other factors contributing to the blackouts, such as hardware problems or software conflicts. If the cable and drivers are not the issue, it may be worth seeking further assistance or troubleshooting from a professional.

Remember, every situation is unique, and these suggestions may not solve your specific problem. It’s always a good idea to consider your specific circumstances and consult with a professional if needed.