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PC Turns On but No Display

Q: My computer is turning on but the screen is staying black
My computer powers up all lights, fans, HDD and VGA fan… but nothing comes up on screen.... have checked all connections and monitor... was working fine... then left off for few months now nothing on screen... any suggestions will help...

When browsing forums, we will find many users are talking about the "PC turns on but no display" issue. However, most of them don't know how to effectively and quickly fix the "computer starts but the screen is black" issue.

As a matter of fact, Windows black screen of death is a common issue. Here, for a better troubleshooting guide you can see How Do I Solve Windows 10 Booting to a Black Screen with Easy.

What should you do if there is nothing comes up on the screen and the display shows a blank screen after you push the power button? Don't worry. In today's post, I am going to show you not one but a number of suggestions that may help you to get rid of the annoying "computer turns on but no display on monitor or keyboard" issue, so keep on trying till you get rid of the error.

Part 1. How to Recover Data When PC Turns On but No Display

Generally speaking, when it comes to the "PC turns on but the screen remains black" issue, most users' biggest worry and fear right now is data loss. If you worry about losing your important data when fixing the "computer starts but the screen is black" issue, you come to the right place. (However, if you don't care about data loss, you can directly move on to the part 2 to find what you should do when your computer starts but the screen remains blank.)

Here, MiniTool Power Data Recovery can help you effectively and quickly get lost data back. This professional data recovery software offers MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable edition which is designed to serve people who have trouble in booting up Windows operating system. (Note: Only the Deluxe and above versions offer MiniTool Bootable Media Builder.) More importantly, this read-only tool offers wizard-like interfaces as well as simple operations, which can help users effectively recover lost data when PC won't boot without any difficulty. By using it, you can easily and quickly retrieve data when computer starts but the screen remains blank as much as possible. Next, let's see the detailed steps.

Firstly, get MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal Deluxe via clicking the following button, install it in another healthy computer without booting problem, and then launch it.

Then, click Bootable Edition in the bottom of the main interface to create bootable CD, DVD, or USB flash drive.

Bootable Edition

After that, boot your computer from the MiniTool Bootable disk to get the following window.

damaged partition recovery

Now, select a suitable data recovery module to get lost data back when PC turns on but no display. Here, you can try using Damaged Partition Recovery, for this data recovery module can help you effectively recover lost data as long as the partition exists.

Want to know other powerful data recovery modules?
  • Undelete Recovery: focuses on recovering deleted files and folders no matter it is deleted by users themselves or viruses.
  • Lost Partition Recovery: can help to recover data from the partition which is deleted by accident or lost due to installing Windows OS.
  • Digital Media Recovery: is designed to recover data from digital media in the event of any problems occurring.
  • CD/DVD Recovery: recovers deleted files on CD/DVD or recovers files from formatted and erased CD/DVD.

All drives are listed here. Now, you need to select the target one and then click Full Scan button which is located at the lower right corner to scan the entire device to furthest find desired data.

full scan


In this window, we can see a feature called Settings. With this feature, you can make MiniTool Power Data Recovery scan needed files only by file system and file type. For example, if you just want to recover photos, you can only check the option "Graphics/Pictures", and then scan the drive containing lost data.


After the full scanning is finished without clicking Cancel, MiniTool Power Data Recovery will tell you how many partitions are found in the selected device. Here, this program found 12 partitions and listed 2 partitions of them. Now, click OK button to continue.

list only 2 partitons

After that, select the needed files in this interface, and click Save button to appoint a saving path. Warning: Never save the selected files to the drive where you lost your data. Otherwise, the lost/deleted files will be overwritten.


Here, in this window, if you do not know whether a file should be recovered, the feature Preview makes it possible to view pictures and txt. files before recovering.


Besides, if there are so many files found, you can make use of Filter function configured in MiniTool Power Data Recovery to filter out needless files by file name, file extension, file size, and creation or modification date.


Tip: if you cannot find the files you needed in these loaded partitions, you can click Back button to go to the partition list. Then, you can uncheck other partitions and reserve the most suggested one to show its files only. Or just press Show Files button, and the professional data recovery software will launch the Building Virtual File System procedure to search the files. You will also see file/folder tree soon again.

show files

With data safely transferred, you can begin to fix your computer starts but screen remains blank issue.

Part 2. How to Fix Your PC Turns On but No Display

Are you tired of the "computer starts but the screen is black" issue? If you are constantly getting the "PC turns on but the screen remains black" problem, there are ways to fix your problem.

Method 1. Test your monitor.
If your computer starts but the screen is black, you should first make sure your monitor is working properly before you begin more complicated and time-consuming troubleshooting. It's possible that your computer is working fine and your monitor is your only problem. If not, keep reading to find other solutions to fix this issue.

Method 2. Make sure your computer has completely restarted.
You have to ensure that your PC is coming from a completely powered-off state. Sometimes, your computer will appear to "not be on" when actually it's just having problems resuming from either the Standby/Sleep or Hibernate power saving mode in Windows, thus you will find your computer turns on but no display on monitor or keyboard.

Note: While in a power saving mode, you can hold the power button down for 3 to 5 seconds to completely power off this computer. After that, turn on this PC to check whether it can boot normally.

Method 3. Verify that the power supply voltage switch is set correctly.
You may encounter the "computer turns on but no display on monitor or keyboard" issue if the input voltage for the power supply is not correct (based on your country). (You might be interested in this post: What is a Power Supply Voltage Switch?)

If this switch is wrong, there is a good possibility that your PC wouldn't power on at all. And, an incorrect power supply voltage might prevent your computer from starting properly.

Method 4. Perform a hard reset.
If the issue "computer starts but the screen is black" still exits after checking the monitor and verifying that your PC has fully power cycled, you can try booting into safe mode and then repairing Windows either using System Restore/Automatic Repair or resetting your computer.

However, sometimes, Windows Automatic Repair not working issue will happen. (For more details about this issue, please check this post: How Do I Solve - Windows Automatic Repair Not Working.) Thus, most users will try resetting PC. Resetting is very often a "magic" fix to problems like PC turns on but no display.

Importance: Do you know how to perform a hard reset? What should you do if you find your data are missing after factory resetting? Here, you can know more information as long as you check our previous post: How Do You Recover Files After Factory Reset Laptop.

If the "computer turns on but no display on monitor or keyboard" issue is not resolved by performing a hard reset, proceed to the following troubleshooting solutions.

Method 5. Clear the BIOS memory.
Sometimes, you will encounter the "PC turns on but the screen remains black" issue because of the BIOS (an acronym for Basic Input/Output System) misconfiguration. Now, in this case, try clearing the BIOS memory on your motherboard, which will return the BIOS settings to their factory default levels.

NOTE: If this solution can help you effectively solve the "computer starts but screen remains blank" issue, you should make sure any changes you make in BIOS are completed one at a time. Thus, if the problem returns, you'll know which change caused your issue.

Method 6. Reseat the memory modules.
As we know, if a memory module is loose, the computer might not display an image. In other words, your computer starts but the screen is black. Now, you can try reseating the memory modules to resolve the "PC turns on but no display" issue. Remove memory module from the memory slot, and then put it back into the slot to get a better connection so that the computer can recognize the memory.

Method 7. Understand LED lights.
It is recommended to understand LED lights. It is normal that if your computer makes one or two short beeps before starting. And, this is telling you that BIOS startup was successful. If your computer beeps and does not start, a more serious hardware issue might happen. Now, you'll probably need to seek professional help from a computer repair service or from your computer manufacturer's technical support.

Method 8. Check Hardware.
When your PC turns on but the screen remains black, you are suggested to take a look at the actual hardware. Please try disconnecting all devices and peripherals from the computer like the mouse, external hard drive, speakers, printers, scanners, etc. Sometimes, a problem with another piece of hardware can cause the "PC turns on but no display" issue.

If that doesn't work, you might need to check the actual port connectors on the computer and on the monitor for damage. Sometimes, someone doesn't properly take out a cable and it ends up bending the video port on the computer. And, some people will try to stick a cable into a connection that doesn't match and that can end up damaging the gold or silver connectors that you see inside the port. In this case, you should take your computer to a repair shop in order to fix the bent or damaged ports.

check hardware

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Bottom Line

If your PC turns on but no display, don't worry and try the above solutions we have listed to effectively fix your issue.

If you have any other good solutions for this "computer starts but the screen is black" issue, please write them in the comment section, thanks. Should you have any question regarding data recovery via using MiniTool Power Data Recovery, please send your email to [email protected]. We will solve it as soon as possible.