Do you often witness a black screen whenever you launch Google Chrome on your Windows PC? Or perhaps, the Chrome window abruptly goes black? That is one of the many issues that Chrome users encounter. In this guide, we’ll walk you through three (3) ways to fix Chrome’s black screen issue on Windows 10.
Often, Chrome will freeze and display a black page because it’s struggling to use your PC’s graphic unit (GPU). Other times, the presence of excess/corrupt files in the browser’s GPU cache folder can lead to such a malfunction. The troubleshooting methods below are effective fixes to Chrome’s black screen issue. Let’s check them out.
Method 1: Disable Hardware Acceleration
Typically, Hardware Acceleration in Chrome helps the browser handle graphics-intensive tasks better with the help of your computer’s graphics hardware (GPU). Although the feature was designed to help boost the browser’s overall speed, it has been the root cause of some performance-related problems, including this black screen issue.
Many users have confirmed that disabling Chrome’s hardware acceleration has helped them to fix the black screen issue on their Windows 10 PC. You should try the same to prevent Google Chrome from turning black in the future.
Step 1: On your PC’s homepage, right-click on the Google Chrome shortcut icon and select Properties.
Step 2: Navigate to the Shortcut tab. You’ll make some modifications to Chrome’s shortcut path in the Target dialog box. However, be very careful with the exact path.
Step 3: Now, place your cursor at the end of the path, tap the spacebar key once (to add a space), and type –disable-gpu at the end. The path in the Target dialog box should now look like this:
"C:Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe" --disable-gpu
Step 4: Tap Apply and tap Continue to grant administrative permission to change the settings.
Step 5: Next, click OK.
With that, you’ve instructed your computer to restrict Chrome from using your PC’s GPU whenever you launch the browser using the app’s shortcut.
Next, you should disable hardware acceleration within the Chrome browser itself.
Note: If the active Chrome window is stuck on the black screen, you might have to wait for it clear out before you can disable hardware acceleration within the app. When it does, proceed to Step #6 below. If Chrome is still stuck on the black screen, jump to Method #2 directly.
Step 6: Launch Chrome and tap the three-dotted menu icon at the top-right corner of the app.
Step 7: Select Settings.
Step 8: Scroll to the bottom of the Settings page and select Advanced.
Step 9: In the System section, uncheck ‘Use hardware acceleration when available’ option.
Now, restart your Chrome browser. However, make sure you save open tabs so you don’t lose any important work.
Paint out the Black
The black screen issue can get quite frustrating and sometimes render Chrome unusable. Follow the steps listed in either of the methods mentioned above to get Chrome working glitch-free on your Windows 10 computer. If none of these troubleshooting tips work, you should consider methods mentioned above to get Chrome working glitch-free on your Windows 10 computer. If none of these troubleshooting tips work, you should consider updating your Google Chrome to the latest version.
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