How to Resolve Screen Keeps Going Black for a Second in Windows 10

Are you also experiencing a problem where the screen randomly goes black and then comes back on after a few seconds? If so, you’re not the only one experiencing this problem. I, too, have often encountered the problem where my screen would randomly go black for a second and then start working normally again.

This problem is more common among Windows users. However, the cause of the problem may be more than just an operating system defect, which we will discuss here. The scariest thing about this problem is that you cannot find out what is wrong because you do not get an error message on the screen.

What is the reason why the screen always goes black for a second?

  • The main reason why the screen goes black for a few seconds is a problem with the cables connecting it to the computer. This usually occurs when the screen goes black for just a few seconds and then comes back on.
  • Another possible problem is a problem with your video card drivers. If you think it might be related to your device, you should update the drivers.

How do you fix the fact that the screen stays black every time for a second?


Reset the video card driver

  1. To open the Win + X menu, press the Windows + X key combination.
  2. Select the “Device Manager” shortcut in the Win + X menu.
  3. In the “Device Manager” window, double-click the “Display Adapters” category.
  4. Then right-click on the specified video card on your computer and select Properties.
  5. Click on the Drivers tab in the screenshot below.
  6. Click the Reset Drivers button on that tab.
  7. Restart Windows 10 after resetting the GPU driver.

Adjust your computer’s power settings

  1. Open the search tool by pressing the Windows and S keys simultaneously.
  2. Enter the Control Panel keyword in the text box of the search tool.
  3. Then click Control Panel to open this window.
  4. Click on the View by menu and select the Category option.
  5. Then click on Hardware and Sound in the Control Panel.
  6. Select Power Options to open the settings.
  7. Select the “High Performance” or “Balanced” setting. It doesn’t matter which setting you select, but the Power
  8. Save setting should not be selected.
  9. Then click Change Plan Settings for your preferred plan.
  10. From the Disable Display drop-down menu, select the Never option.
  11. Select the Never option from the Put the computer to sleep menu drop-down menu.
  12. Click Save changes.

A clean Windows 10 startup

  1. Open the Win + X menu as described in the second resolution.
  2. Select Run from the menu.
  3. Then enter the following startup command: MSConfig.
  4. Click OK to open the MSConfig tool.
  5. Select the Selective Run radio button on the General tab.
  6. Clear the Load startup items check box.
  7. Select the Use initial boot configuration and Load system services checkboxes.
  8. In MSConfig, switch to the Services tab.
  9. Then turn on the Hide all Microsoft services option.
  10. Click Disable All, which disables the checkboxes for third-party services.
  11. Click Apply to save your new initial configuration settings.
  12. Click OK to close the window.
  13. Click the Restart option to restart the desktop or laptop.

Update the video card driver

  1. Download and install a third-party driver update tool.
  2. Launch the application.
  3. Wait until the third-party driver update tool detects all faulty drivers.
  4. The program will then show you all the faulty drivers, and all you have to do is select the ones you want to repair.
  5. Wait for the third-party driver updater to download and install the latest drivers.
  6. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Frequently Asked Questions

Even a simple problem with the power settings can cause the screen to turn black unevenly. Therefore, make sure that power-saving mode or screen saver is not activated on your device.

A screen that goes black all the time is a clear sign that there is something wrong with your computer. The question is whether it is a common or serious problem. Often the cause is a loose or damaged cable - that's easy to fix. But sometimes the problem is a faulty screen or damage to the computer itself.

  • Check your connections.
  • Test your monitor.
  • Re-evaluate your cables.
  • Start your computer in safe mode.
  • Change the video card driver.
  • Remove potential viruses.
  • Disable conflicting applications.
  • Reset the monitor settings to factory defaults.