Nvidia has released a fix for issues with its new RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics cards that show a black (or blank) screen on startup in some unfortunate cases.
It's not as bad as it seems at first, because the operating system will still load correctly and display the desktop on your screen as usual, eventually, you'll just get the blank screen on startup. However, this means that you can't access the BIOS, for example, or see anything on the screen, until you get to the operating system environment. And not being able to access the BIOS could be a big problem in itself.
As reported by Tom's Hardware(Opens in a new tab), Nvidia has released a GPU firmware update for the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 to address these blank screen issues.
Please note that the issue will only occur with certain motherboards that are in UEFI mode.
Nvidia says: "The Nvidia GPU Firmware Update Tool will detect if the firmware update is needed and, if necessary, give the user the option to update it."
For those experiencing a blank screen when booting up with their new Lovelace GPU, you can get the corresponding update here (opens in a new tab), where Nvidia also provides instructions on how to start the update.
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By all accounts, this problem is rare, so that's good news. Still, if you're worried, it's obviously going to be frustrating not being able to access the BIOS (although at least your PC will still boot correctly to the desktop).
As Nvidia notes, don't apply the update unless you're actually experiencing the blank screen – there's no need to risk a firmware update if you don't have a tangible problem to fix. , clear.
Note that this gremlin in the works has nothing to do with the other high-profile issue that has plagued the RTX 4090 graphics card, namely the melted cable controversy. (By the way, we just heard an update from Nvidia on this issue, and it seems the culprit, as widely believed, is the AC adapter not being plugged in properly.)
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