Nvidia has released a fix for issues with its new RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics cards showing a black (or blank) screen on startup in some unfortunate cases.
This isn’t as bad as it seems at first glance, as the OS will still load fine and output the desktop to your monitor as normal – you just get the blank screen on startup. However, this means that you cannot access the BIOS, for example, or see anything on the screen, until you get to the operating system environment. And not being able to enter the BIOS can be a big problem in itself.
As Tom’s hardware (opens in new tab) reports though, Nvidia has released a GPU firmware update for the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 to cure those blank screen blues.
Note that the issue will only happen with some motherboards that are in UEFI mode.
Nvidia says, “The Nvidia GPU Firmware Update Tool will detect if a firmware update is needed and if necessary, give the user the option to update it.”
For those who experience a blank screen on startup with their new Lovelace GPU, you can grab the relevant update here (opens in new tab)where Nvidia also provides instructions on how to proceed with the upgrade.
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By all appearances, this problem is rare, so that’s good news. Still, if you’re affected, it’s obviously going to be frustrating not being able to access the BIOS (although at least your PC will still boot fine 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 address, of course.
Note that this ongoing gremlin has nothing to do with the other well publicized issue that hit the RTX 4090 graphics card, namely the melting cable controversy. (By the way, we just heard an update from Nvidia on this issue, and it looks like the culprit, as previously thought, is the power adapter not being connected properly.)