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5 Ways to Fix League of Legends Black Screen

Getting a Black Screen After Launching League of Legends? Here’s How You Can Fix That

League of Legends (LOL) is a hugely popular online video game. But, unfortunately, many players often experience an issue when a black screen appears after logging into the game. The good news is that there are ways you can fix this issue by employing some tried and tested methods.

League of Legends Black Screen Issue Troubleshooting Guide

What is League of Legends?

League of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game developed and published by Riot Games in 2009. The game is available for Windows and macOS computers. After its release, critics praised the game’s character design, accessibility, and production value.

Throughout 2019 League of Legends regularly peaked at 8 million concurrent players. Its success inspired several spin-off games, including a mobile version and digital collectible card game. It also inspired music videos, short stories, and comic books.

Since its release, the game has been free-to-play but is monetized through paid character customization options. The player-controlled characters called “champions” have different sets of abilities that players can enhance by playing the game.

As of April 2021, the game offers 155 champions. Players can upgrade their champions by gaining experience points through killing enemies. There are items that also increase a champion’s strength. Players can buy these items using gold that’s acquired over time and by defeating enemies.

What Causes League of Legends to Show a Black Screen?

After successfully logging into League of Legends, players are greeted with a black screen. As a result, they have to close the League of Legends clients using the Task Manager. The top and bottom bars of the League of Legends client window remain visible, but the middle area is entirely black.

Many have found that the black screen issue occurs after pressing Alt+Tab while logging into League of legends. In other cases, the black screen appears after selecting a champion.

Nevertheless, you may also get a black screen after logging into the game in full-screen mode. It has been suggested that this may be due to the game screen size. If the League of Legends resolution is bigger than your desktop resolution, then you may encounter this error. In this case, the issue stems from the fact that your PC is unable to handle the game in full-screen mode.

Some players suggest pressing Alt+Enter keys to switch the game to windowed mode. Another reason why you may get a black screen may be due to your anti-virus program blocking some of the game’s features. If that’s the case, you should add League of legends to your anti-virus software exceptions list.

Unfortunately, for most players that get a black screen when trying to launch League, the black screen comes out of nowhere, and there’s no explanation why it happens. Some people found a workaround to the black screen by logging out and then logging back into League of Legends. For most, it takes around three times to do it for it to work. However, others aren’t so lucky and can’t get the game working.

Luckily, there are better ways to resolve the black screen issue than logging out and logging back in. We have compiled a list of known fixes that will hopefully fix the problem for good.

How to Fix League of Legends Black Screen?

Given that the reason for the black screen error in League of Legends varies, there’s no quick fix solution that works for everybody. Therefore, you may have to try several methods until you find one that works for you. Below are four potential solutions to the black screen issue in League of Legends.

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Solution 1. Run League of Legends as Administrator

Right-click League of Legends icon and click Properties

1. Right-click the game launcher and select Properties.

Select Run theis program as an administrator and click OK

2. Go to the Compatibility tab.

 

3. Mark the Run this program as an administrator checkbox.

4. Click Apply and click OK.

5. Launch League of Legends to check if the black screen issue is fixed.

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Solution 2. Disable Display Scaling

Right-click League of Legends icon and click Properties

1. Right-click the game launcher and select Properties.

Click Change high DPI settings

2. Go to the Compatibility tab.

3. In the Settings section, click Change high DPI settings.

Check the Override high DPI scaling checkbox and click OK

4. Then, mark the Override high DPI scaling behavior checkbox, and click OK.

Uncheck Run theis program in compatibility mode and check run this program as as administrator and click OK

5. Make sure the Run the Program in compatibility mode option is not marked. Uncheck it if it is.

6. Mark the Run this program as an administrator checkbox.

7. Click Apply and click OK.

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Solution 3. Perform a Clean Boot

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

Type in MSConfig in Run and click OK

2. In the Run dialog, type in MSConfig and click OK.

Check Hide all Microsoft services checkbox and click Disable all

3. In the resulting System Configuration window, select the Services tab.

4. Then, mark the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox at the bottom left corner of the window.

5. Click Disable all.

Go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager

6. Then, Navigate to the Startup tab.

7. Click Open Task Manager.

Right-click each startup app and click Disable

8. Right-click each application, and click Disable.

9. Close the Task Manager.

Click Apply and click OK

10. In the System Configuration window, click Apply and click OK.

Click Restart when prompted

11. Click Restart when prompted.

12. Launch League of Legends and check if that fixed the black screen issue.

13. If you need to revert back to normal boot, here’s what you have to do.

Type in MSConfig in Run and click OK

14. Hold down Windows+R keys to open Run.

15. In the Run dialog, type in MSConfig and click OK.

Select Normal startup

16. In the General tab, select Normal startup.

Make sure that all Microsoft services are unhidden

17. Then, go to the Services tab and make sure that the Hide all Microsoft services option is unchecked.

Go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager

18. Lastly, go to the Startup tab and click Open Task Manager.

Enable previously disabled startup apps

19. Select and enable the previously disabled applications.

20. Close the Task Manager.

21. In the System Configuration window, click Apply and click OK.

Click Restart when prompted

22. Click Restart when prompted.

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Solution 4. Update Windows 10

Right-click Start and click Settings

1. Right-click Start and click Settings.

Select Update and Security

2. Select Update & Security.

Click Check for Updates

3. Click Check for Updates.

Click Install now

4. If Windows already checked for updates, click Install.

Click Restart now

5. Click Restart now to complete the update process.

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Solution 5. Update Graphics Driver Using Device Manager

Right-click Start and click Device Manager

1. Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager.

Expand Display adapters list, right-click your display adapter and click Update driver

2. Expand the Display adapters list.

3. Select your display adapter (graphics card), right-click it, and click Update driver.

Click Search automatically for drivers

4. Select Search automatically for drivers.

5. Windows will download and install the drivers.

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Update Nvidia Graphics Driver

Go to the Nvidia graphics driver download page

1. Open your web browser, and go to Nvidia’s graphics drivers download page.

Select your Nvidia graphics card and click Search

2. Manually select your GPU model and series, operating system type, and language.

3. Then, click the Search button.

Click Download

4. Click the Download button.

Click Download again

5. Once redirected to another page, click the Download button again.

6. Once downloaded, run the graphics driver installation wizard.

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Update AMD Graphics Driver

Go to the AMD graphics driver download page

1. Open your web browser, and go to AMD’s graphics drivers download page.

Select your AMD graphics card and click Submit

2. Manually select your GPU model and series and click Submit.

Select your operating system, select the driver and click Download

3. Then, select your operating system type.

4. Select the driver and click Download.

5. Once downloaded, run the graphics driver installation wizard.

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