Some PCs with GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 only

Some PCs with GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 only showed a black screen – NVIDIA already has a solution

Some owners of GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics cards have encountered a problem with a black screen when loading the operating system – the computer simply does not boot. NVIDIA knows this and has already found a solution. Unfortunately, to fix the problem, you need to update the graphics card BIOS.

    Image source: NVIDIA

Image source: NVIDIA

The black screen issue cannot be fixed with a regular driver update because a black screen occurs while the operating system is loading and the graphics card driver is not involved in this process.

The required BIOS update tool for GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 graphics cards can be downloaded from Official NVIDIA website. The program will automatically check for compatibility with the graphics accelerator, and then explain the next steps to the user. NVIDIA released the official expression:

“An NVIDIA GPU firmware update may be required for compatibility with certain motherboard UEFI BIOS versions. Without this graphics card update [GeForce RTX 4090 и RTX 4080] In combination with certain models of motherboards that use UEFI mode, you may experience a black screen issue when loading the operating system. It is recommended to install this update only if you encounter such problem while booting the operating system.

If the black screen issue occurs while booting the operating system, NVIDIA recommends that you try one of the following workarounds to be able to run the update tool:

  • Make sure you are using the latest BIOS for your motherboard;
  • Change motherboard BIOS boot mode from UEFI to Legacy/CSM;
  • If possible, when loading the operating system, set the priority to using an additional graphics card or the integrated graphics of the CPU.

NVIDIA recommends that you ensure that all other applications are closed and that the PC operating system is not in the process of updating itself in the background before running the vBIOS update tool. NVIDIA GPU UEFI Firmware Update Tool v1.2 can be used with GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 Founders Edition reference graphics cards, as well as models from other companies.

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