How to fix Google Chrome black screen problems
Google Chrome started acting strange on one of my machines recently. At first I noticed display problems; Chrome did not display the content of the sites it opened unless you first resized the browser window.
Yesterday things got even weirder because the browser showed a black screen only when I started it. I could use the right-click context menu and access the Chrome menus, but I didn’t see any content on the page regardless of what I did.
Fix Google Chrome Black Screen Problems
Below is a screenshot of the Chrome browser window when I started it on a Windows 10 Pro machine.
Restarting the browser or the system did not solve the problem. It was a display problem, clearly, and the first thing I tried was to update the graphics driver to see if it would solve the problem. Turns out he didn’t.
Then I tried reinstalling the chrome, but that didn’t solve the problem either. The next thing I did, however, was. I set the process compatibility on Windows 7, which solved the browser black screen issue.
Here’s how you can change the compatibility level of the Chrome process on Windows machines:
- Right-click on the Chrome shortcut and select properties. If you right-click the pinned Chrome icon in the taskbar, you may need to right-click Google Chrome again when the context menu opens before you can click in the property entry.
- Switch to the compatibility tab in the Properties window.
- Check the “run this program in compatibility mode for” box.
- Select Windows 7 from the list of available operating system versions.
- Select “apply” and then “ok”.
- Note : If you find that the problem is only temporarily fixed, reopen the properties dialog and click “change settings for all users” to fix it permanently.
Launch Google Chrome to find out if the problem has been resolved. If it is not, you may want to try and configure compatibility mode with another version of Windows, for example Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 8, and try again.
Setting Windows 7 compatibility solved the black screen issue in Chrome on the system. However, I noticed that the directive was not saved correctly. A new review of the compatibility mode menu revealed that the box to run the program in compatibility mode was no longer checked. However, the problem was resolved despite that.