Windows : Google Chrome black screen

By | May 8, 2020

If you ever experienced the “Google Chrome Black Screen of Death”, where the whole window is just black, and persisting even after rebooting your computer (works well for a short period of time and then go black again), here is the possible cause and solution below.

In most of the cases, this is due to hardware acceleration. This behavior is more often observed when running on a virtual machine or remote desktop (or any graphical remote control software).

To resolve this matter, you need to disable the hardware acceleration.

1. Close Google Chrome (use the Task Manager to make sure that every single process are killed)

2. Edit the Google Chrome shortcut (right click, properties…), and append “–disable-gpu” at the end of the target command, such as :

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --disable-gpu

Apply the change.

3. Then open Chrome normally, and go to :

… > Settings > Advanced > System > Use hardware acceleration when available

Disable the hardware acceleration feature above by sliding the button on the left.