PC Turns On, but No Display or Power to Keyword [Fixed]

Larissa updated on Mar 15, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

The PC turns but no display or power to keyboard is becoming an increasingly common issue with Windows users. All tech forums seem to be filled with people highlighting it. It is high time to address this issue.

But firstly, let us show you what a typical user case for this problem looks like:

"Hi Everyone

I've recently upgraded my PC for better efficiency, I've changed everything except the PSU, SSD, and Hard drive. During the last upgrade, a friend was there to guide me, but this time I decided to do it on my own.

Everything went fine at the start but now I'm facing a huge problem. The issue is whenever I start the system, the motherboard/fan turns on but there's no display. The LED lights of the keyboard and mouse don't turn on either. The issue keeps appearing after multiple attempts. 

Please tell me how to resolve this issue. As I feel stuck and frustrated. "

There can be plenty of reasons for it. Your display can go blank due to frayed or damaged wiring. Other reasons can be wrongly configured display & BIOS Settings, dysfunctional RAM, or any flaw in the power supply unit. The issue might look complicated at first glance but don't worry, we have the perfect antidote for you.

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Fix the PC Turns On, but No Display or Power to the Keyboard

Whenever your experience a "PC turning but no display" issue, you should try any of these 8 fixes to get back on track. Let's move toward their details.

Fix 1: Force Restart your computer

If you ever see your PC turning black while gaming or doing other activities, the first thing to do is to force a restart.  It resets program files to remove any minor errors.

Step 1: Press and Hold the Power Button for 10 seconds. Your System will shut down.

Step 2: Now turn on your PC and do it 3-4 times.

Step 3: The "Windows startup Repair" will automatically run. Allow it to resolve this issue.

Windows startup Repair

Fix 2: Check your LCD/Monitor Screen

The Windows Screen can also go black due to LCD/Monitor screen issues. So, it is quite important to check whether it is functioning properly.

Step 1: The first check is to see the monitor's power light. Make sure it is turned on.

Step 2: Now first unplug, and then plug in the monitor's adapter to restart it.

Monitor’s adapter to restart it

Step 3: If it doesn't start, you need to repair the monitor, if it starts normally, the monitor is clear.

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Fix 3: Reconnect LCD/Monitor to PC

A poor connection between the monitor with your PC can affect the display screen. It can be due to faulty or broken cables. So, it is better to reconnect the monitor with the PC to check this fault.

Step 1: Press and Hold the power button until your system shuts down.

Step 2: Disconnect the graphic card connecting your display to the main computer. Check its condition.

Step 3: Now check the condition of all monitor and main system ports.

Step 4: Reconnect all these accessories to see their functioning.

Reconnect all these accessories

Step 5: If all connections are normal, boot the system to see if it works normally.

Fix 4: Disconnect Your Peripherals

The typical peripherals of a system are a mouse, keyboard, printer, sound box, etc. Sometimes, they can affect the display mechanism of your system. So, if you see this error, try to start the system without these peripherals.

Step 1: Press and Hold the power button until the system shuts down.

Step 2: Detach all the peripherals.

Detach all the peripherals.

Step 3: Restart the system.  If it boots properly your system is clear, if not, you need to move toward the next fix.

Fix 5: Reinstall your RAM (Random Access Memory)

A poor connection between RAM and the motherboard can cause the display to sleep. Since all the app data is stored in RAM, any problem can shut down the whole system. By reinstalling the RAM, you can reset it to its original state.

Step 1: Press and Hold the Power button to turn off your PC.

Step 2: Detach the Power cable from PC. After that, open the PC Casing.

Step 3: Take the RAM out from the memory slot of the main motherboard.

RAM out from the memory slot

Step 4: Check its condition. If it is normal, place it in the same slot.

Step 5: Restart your system to check if the issue has been resolved.

Fix 6: Reset BIOS Settings to Default

BIOS is the program that is responsible for starting the system when it is powered on. Any defect or damage to BIOS files disturbs the computer start and display features. Therefore, to curtail this issue, it is advisable to reset the BIOS program to its default settings.

Step 1: Press and Hold the power button to shut down your system

Step 2: Unplug the main power cable of the PC. Now open its main casing.

Step 3: Now remove the CMOS battery from your motherboard with the help of a screwdriver. You can also use your nails.

CMOS battery from your motherboard

Step 4: Wait for 5 minutes. Now reinstall the battery in the motherboard slot.

Step 5: Connect the power cable and turn on the system to see if the problem is still there.

Fix 7: Check and Repair Corrupt Files

Sometimes the corrupted files can cause the display to cease. In this case, Windows provides a built-in procedure to find out and repair corrupt files.

Step 1: Go to the search bar and type "CMD"

Step 2: Now right-click CMD.exe and choose "Run as Administrator."

Step 3: Go to UAC Prompt, select "Yes."

Step 4: Write "SFC /scannow" in the command prompt window and press Enter.

SFC /scannow

Step 5: The system file checker utility will check all files. The same feature will also repair the corrupted files hindering the computer's startup operations.

Fix 8: Update your Display Adapter Driver

A display driver is responsible for presenting videos, pictures, and all other visual graphics. An outdated or corrupted display driver can affect the display of your system. In this case, you either have to update or roll back the display driver.

Step 1: Write "Device Manager" in the search box and launch it.

Step 2: In the device manager, select "Display adapters."

Display adapters

Step 3: Right-click on the given adapter to see options.

Step 4: Choose "Update Driver."

Update Driver

Step 5: Windows will automatically search and update the display adapter for you.

Important! Backup Your PC Regularly to Prevent Data Loss

All of us store our professional and personal in our PCs. However, like the discussed case of "PC Turns on but no display or power to keyboard", the PC is subjected to many software and hardware issues which involve the risk of losing your data. Nobody wants to see their years of hard work going down the drain.

To avoid this, always back up your PC regularly to prevent data loss. You should always use the EaseUS Todo backup tool for efficient and quick data storage. You can create back for disk/partition, files, and the entire operating system image. Ease US also offers cloud backup to access data from anywhere around the world. It also provides disk imaging and instant recovery options.

The software is serving more than 20 million users around the world, which is a testament to its high-quality and world-class user experience. You can get the Free, Home, and Technician versions from the official website of EaseUS.

Use this powerful tool to build a system image so that you can recover your operating system if something goes wrong.

Step 1. On the main page, click "Select backup contents".

create system backup step1

Step 2. Among the four available categories, click OS.

create system backup step2

Step 3. EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically select your system partition, you only need to select the backup destination.

create system backup step3

Step 4. Both Local Drive and NAS are available for you to save the backup file.

create system backup step5

Step 5. After finishing the backup process, you can check the backup status, recover, open, or delete the backup by right-clicking the backup task on the left.

create system backup step5

The Final Words

Seeing your PC Turn on with no display or power to keyboard is quite frustrating. The display shows a still black screen with no response to any input commands. It nullifies all ongoing work and can potentially result in a complete system data loss.

This article presents 8 fixes to resolve this issue. We have highlighted each step to help you understand these methods. To prevent any potential data loss, we recommend the EaseUS Todo Backup tool for efficient and secure data backup and recovery. Download it now and get rid of all data loss issues once and for all.


1. Why won't my monitor turn on but has power?

There can be two possible reasons; broken/damaged cables and any internal problem with the display screen. Check the condition of the wire and connectors, if they look damaged, replace them immediately. In the second case, go to a repair shop.

2. Why does my PC do nothing when I press the power button?

It can be due to PC not getting an adequate power supply or some damage to system files. For the power supply, check the main adapter, connection ports, and power cables. For software issues, you can reset BIOS settings, and perform system repairs.

3. How can I check if my PSU is faulty?

Follow this simple procedure to determine if your PSU or power supply unit is faulty:

  • Turn off your PC
  • Detach all wires from PSU except the main AC cable and 24-pin cable
  • Look for pin 16 and pin 17
  • Bend the paper clip, so the ends can be inserted into these cables
  • Turn on PSU and see its functioning.
  • If the fan turns normally, PSU is fine. If not, the PSU is faulty.

4. How to force restart the PC?

The easiest way is to press Ctrl + Alt + Delete on your keyboard. It will show multiple screen options. Choose the power icon and then, select "restart." The PC will be forced to restart.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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Written by Larissa

Larissa has rich experience in writing technical articles and is now a professional editor at EaseUS. She is good at writing articles about data recovery, disk cloning, disk partitioning, data backup, and other related knowledge. Her detailed and ultimate guides help users find effective solutions to their problems. She is fond of traveling, reading, and riding in her spare time.

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