No display or black screen on a computer monitor
If your computer monitor displays only a black screen when you turn on your computer, the following steps may help you fix the problem.
If your monitor initially works and then goes blank when Windows starts, see: How to fix distorted video after increasing resolution in Windows.
If you have a laptop, see our laptop screen is black page, see: My laptop computer screen is black.
Monitor is not on
It may seem obvious, but make sure the monitor is turned on. If you do not see a power LED (blue, green, or orange light) on the front or bottom of the monitor, press the power button again. If no light comes on after several attempts, proceed to the next section.
Computer is asleep
If you stepped away from the computer for a bit and returned to a black screen, the computer is likely asleep. Try moving your mouse, clicking the mouse buttons, or pressing any key (e.g., spacebar) to wake it up. If none of those actions work, press the power button.
Loose or improper connections
The following steps help you ensure the monitor is connected correctly to the computer.
Check the data cable
Make sure the cable is connecting to the correct video port. Most new video cards have multiple connections and your motherboard may also have its own connection.
Check the power cable
Next, verify the monitor has power by looking for a blue, green, or orange light. This light is found on the front or the bottom of the monitor's bezel.
If you see no lights on the monitor, make sure it is connected to a working wall outlet. If the power cord is removable from the back of the monitor, try replacing it with another power cable. If you still cannot turn on the monitor after trying another wall outlet and cable, the monitor is broken and should be replaced.
Check the LED status
If the monitor status light is orange or flashing, verify the monitor is not in Standby mode, by moving the mouse or pressing the Esc. If this doesn't help, reconnect the data cable to the computer and back of the monitor, and then restart your computer.
Try a different cable
Turn up the brightness and contrast
If the computer doesn't pass POST, it won't turn on, and your monitor remains black. If you hear beeping when you turn on your computer, run through the POST troubleshooting steps to determine the issue.
If you have followed the recommendations above and still have the same issue, your computer may have either a bad monitor, video card, or motherboard. The best method of determining this is to try the suggestions below.
Borrow someone else's computer monitor and connect it to your computer
If another monitor works on your computer, it's safe to assume the non-working monitor is bad and should be replaced. While it may be possible to have the monitor serviced, it is often cheaper and easier to purchase a new one.
Disconnect your monitor and connect it to another computer
If your monitor works on another computer, the video card is bad. Try removing video card from the affected computer and installing it in another computer. If it does not work in the other computer, the video card is most likely bad and needs to be replaced.
If your monitor and video card work with another computer, your motherboard probably has an issue. You can attempt to troubleshoot motherboard problems using the link below. If you determine the motherboard is bad, or you cannot successfully run any tests, we suggest replacing the motherboard to fix the display problem.