How to Repair a Laptop that powers ON but not displaying (Display blank)

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W(caps)hat's up guys, it's Richentblog. Today I will teach you how to solve a laptop that powers on but refuses to display. One of the main causes for this issue is a corrupt system file preventing the operating system from loading, resulting in a black or blank screen. Restart Windows to see if it's a temporary issue and resolves itself with a reboot. 

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A lot of my colleagues bring their Laptops to me complaining when they power it, it comes on but refuses to display anything on the screen (Display blank), which has actually caused a lot of people to get tired of a system or think the system is bad or maybe even think it will cost a fortune to bring the system back to displaying as usual. Not to worry, today I will teach you how to fix the problem of no display and get your system working again.

First I will advise you not to do this if its not your personal system or if the action will get you into trouble. So without further ado, let's get right into it.

Common Problems That Can Stop Your Laptop From Displaying When Powered On

There are many things that can stop your your laptop from not displaying, but I will give the most common ones and the solution to them.

The most common problems are:
  1. Ram
  2. Keyboard
  3. Display cable

How do you fix a laptop that turns on but the screen is black?


It is advisable to remove the battery when trying to get into a system. So remove the the battery first and locate where the Ram is in your laptop. For most laptops like Hp, you can find the the Ram of the system at the back. Take the screws out and you should see something like this:

After you have located the Ram, remove the Ram by holding the irons apart. Clean the Ram with your finger and put it back. Sometimes you might need to fix the Ram one after the other and test to know the one that is bad(just
in case its bad).

You might also need to put in different slots(the slot may be bad).
After you have done this power the computer on and it should display.
If the laptop refuses to display, move to step 2.


If you have tried step 1 and the system refuses to display, disconnect the keyboard from the motherboard and power it on to see if it will display.
If it refuses to display, move on to step 3.

STEP 3: 

If you have tried the step 1 and 2 and the laptop refuses to display, open the system to check for the Display cable. this is usually connected to the screen and then to the motherboard. you should see something like this:
Check if the display cable is well connected, if not remove and reconnect it back. after you might have done this, put the system on and it should display.

Alternatively, You can also fix your laptop if screen is black and still running by the following:

The laptop screen black occurs when there is a corrupted graphics driver or a problem with the LCD display back light. To test the display, you can attach an external monitor and restart the computer. If an image displays on the external monitor, there might be a graphics driver conflict with the notebook LCD display that leads to laptop screen black but still running.

There are five practical ways to fix laptop screen black or laptop turns on but no display issue. 

"I've been experiencing problems with my HP Pavilion laptop. The power button light turns on but nothing appears on the screen. How to solve the laptop turns on but no display issue without affecting data inside."

It's common to see a laptop black screen of death after login with a cursor, no display, no options, just nothing. For years of experience in the IT field, the laptop with "LED light on, hard drive spinning, but no display" issue frequently happens to users, especially when Microsoft pushes a Windows operating system update.

And the corresponding troubleshooting for laptop screen black can be found anywhere on the internet, most will be related to a Windows reset or component reset, which wipes hard drive data. Press and hold the power button on your device for 10 seconds to turn it off, then unplug your adapter. After 30 seconds, plug your adapter back in and restart your device. If you still see a black screen, you can read on.

To resolve the laptop screen black issue, try the following five practical methods in order. 

Fix 1. First Thing to Do: Recover Data When Screen Remains Blank or Black

In the process of solving this problem, there might be a risk of data loss. So, if you care about your data, try to access your hard drive and back up your important files at the very beginning 

We recommend you the easiest data recovery solution - EaseUS bootable disk data recovery software to access the hard drive when the laptop screen remains black. If the OS can't run properly or the system disk is corrupted, you can use it to restart your computer from a USB bootable drive and get data back. 

Tip: Remember to take out the hard drive and recover data from it. Connect the hard drive to another computer and then using the data recovery software that doesn't need any technical know-how and minimizes data risks.

Step 1. Create a bootable disk

Prepare an empty USB. If you have important data on it, copy the data to another device. When you create a bootable disk, the data on the USB will be erased. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition will help you create a bootable disk.

Connect the USB drive to PC, launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition. Select the USB drive and click "Create" to create a bootable disk.

Step 2. Boot from the bootable USB

Connect the bootable disk to PC that won't boot and change your computer boot sequence in BIOS. For most users, it works well when they restart their computer and press F2 at the same time to enter BIOS.

Set to boot the PC from "Removable Devices" (bootable USB disk) or "CD-ROM Drive" (bootable CD/DVD) beyond Hard Drive. Press "F10" to save and exit.

Step 3. Recover data from a hard drive that won't boot

When you boot from the USB, you can run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the WinPE bootable disk. Select the drive you want to scan to find all your lost files. 

Click "Scan" to start the scanning process.

Recover data from the computer or laptop. After the scan completed, you can preview all recoverable files, select the targeted files, and click the "Recover" button to restore your files. You'd better save all of the recovered data to another place to avoid data overwriting.

If your hard drive contains the system, you can refer to this guide: Migrate OS to SSD/HDD.

With data safely transferred, now you can begin the repair procedure by carefully follow the solutions below, which are proven to be useful in fixing most laptops turning on but displaying nothing on the screen issue.

Fix 2. Use Windows 10 Repair Services

A simple and efficient way to solve laptop screen black but still running problem is using manual Windows repair services. EaseUS professional technical team can help you solve any hard drive and system startup errors, including system failure, system blue screen, system black screen, and so on.

Fix 3. Hard Reset the Laptop to Resolve Laptop Blank Screen

Your laptop manufacturers should allow you to hard reset or factory reset your machine when it has trouble starting up or malfunctioning in other ways. If you have no idea how to do the hard reset, try to contact the manufacturer or seek help on the official support forum. This manner removes data and apps, still, it deserves an initial trial since it resolves the display blank or black issue mostly. Here, we take HP laptop as an example:

Step 1. Turn off the laptop. Remove the laptop from any port replicator or docking station.

Step 2. Disconnect all external connected peripheral devices such as USB storage devices, external displays, and printers. Unplug the AC adapter from the laptop.

Step 3. Remove the battery from the battery compartment.

With the battery and power cord unplugged, press and hold the "Power button" for about 15 seconds to drain any residual electrical charge from the capacitors.

Step 4. Insert the battery and plug the AC adapter back into the laptop, but do not connect any of the peripheral devices.

Step 5. Press the "Power button" to turn on the laptop. The laptop starts normally or a startup menu opens.

Step 6. If a startup menu opens, use the arrow keys to select Start Windows Normally, and then press "Enter".

After Windows opens, reconnect each peripheral device that was disconnected, one device at a time, until all devices are reconnected.

Fix 4. Connecting an External Monitor to Test the Display

The screen might remain black when there is a corrupted graphics driver or a problem with the LCD display backlight. To test the display, attach an external monitor, and restart the computer. This test is helpful if the display is black but you can hear that the computer is operating. You can connect most monitors and other display devices like projectors using the VGA, DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort cables. 

Step 1. Connect an external monitor to the laptop.

  • Know the video connectors on your computer and display devices to avoid problems and get the best possible picture quality.
  • An HDMI connection can also carry audio. HDMI audio is lost when using a DVI to HDMI adapter or cable solution. You cannot connect DVI-D to VGA.
Step 2. If the computer screen does not display on the external monitor, press "F4" until the screen image displays.

Step 3. If an image displays on the external monitor, there might be a graphics driver conflict with the laptop LCD display. Download and install the latest graphics and chipset drivers for your specific computer.

Step 4. If you can hear sounds of operation but no image is visible on either display, you can change a monitor or send the laptop for service.

Fix 5. Reseating the Memory Modules to Fix Laptop Screen Black

If a memory module is loose, it usually causes a laptop not displaying an image. So, reseating the memory modules might resolve either a blank or black screen issue on a laptop. By removing the AC adapter from the laptop, removing and reseating the memory module, and then reconnecting the AC adapter to the laptop, you can finally make it.

Step 1. Turn off the laptop, and then disconnect the power cord. Before beginning any procedure, touch a grounded metal object to discharge static electricity.

Step 2. Remove the cover to access the memory.

Step 3. Remove memory modules on the laptop.

Step 4. Reinsert all memory modules.

Step 5. Perform any tests to verify that the laptop can start up and run in the Windows operating system.

Fix 6. Reset Your PC to Fix Laptop Black Screen

If your turns on but no display, you can refresh or reset your PC or laptop to reinstall Windows without affecting your personal files, apps, or any of your settings.

Step 1. Press the Windows logo key and L on your keyboard. This will take you to the Windows 10 sign-in screen. Don't log in.

Step 2. Reset your PC by holding the "Shift" key while you click the "Power" button > "Restart" in the lower-right corner of the screen. Your PC will restart in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) environment.

Step 3. From the options screen, choose "Troubleshoot > Reset this PC". Click "Next".

Then, select the quick option without removing your personal files. Wait for Windows to open. Follow any on-screen instructions.

Conclusion on Laptop Screen Black But Still Running Issue

If your PC turns on but no display, don't worry and try the methods we have listed above to effectively fix your issue. If you have any better solution for this issue, let us know. If you have any questions about data recovery or other problems while using EaseUS data recovery software, send an email to our support team. We will solve it as soon as possible.

If laptops refuses to display after the three steps above, take it to an engineer for better checking.
hope you found this post helpful, if so leave a comment in the comment section below.


Ademuyiwa Richard seun is the founder and author of richentblog.com.ng Ademuyiwa Richard seun is a student in Lagos State University, studying Electronics and Computer Engineering. He is from Osun state and currently resides in Lagos. Richard started web designing in 2020.

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