If you’re having trouble with the OBS black screen on Windows 10, don’t worry-you’re not alone! This issue has been plaguing OBS users for a while now, but luckily there are a few solutions that can help. In this article, we’ll take a look at what causes the OBS black screen issue and how to fix it. We’ll also discuss some workarounds in case you can’t fix the problem right away. So don’t despair, read on and your OBS black screen problems will be solved!
Why does OBS show a black screen?
There are a few different reasons why OBS might show a black screen when you try to share your screen. One of the most common causes is that OBS is trying to use the wrong graphics card. If you have two graphics cards on your computer (e.g. one dedicated and one integrated), OBS may be set to use the wrong one. To fix this, you’ll need to open up the OBS settings and change the “Graphics Card” setting to match the name of your dedicated graphics card.
Another common cause of the OBS black screen issue is the Windows Firewall. In some cases, the Windows Firewall can block OBS from accessing your screen.
First, make sure that OBS is up-to-date by checking for updates in the OBS settings. If there’s a new OBS update available, install it and see if that fixes the problem.
Try these methods to fix OBS Black screen on Windows
Graphic Card issue:
OBS might be running on the wrong graphic card on Windows, and you can choose which graphic card to use if you have multiple of them. Here’s how:
Step 1) Search for “Graphic Settings” on your Windows 10 computer.
Step 2) Select “Desktop App” from the dropdown selector.
Step 3) Click on “Browse.”
Step 4) Go to C drive>Program files> obs-studio> bin> 64bit>
Step 5) Select “obs64” (application file) and click Add.
Step 6) This will add OBS Studio, now click on it and you should see “Options” & “Remove”
Step 7) Click on “Options“
Step 8) Choose your desired graphics card to run OBS on. We are choosing “High Performance” since we have only one.
Step 9) Open OBS again and this should have fixed your black screen.
If that did not work, then we can select the Windows 10 option in OBS to fix the issue.
Windows 10 Display capture option:
Step 1) Open OBS on Windows 10.
Step 2) Under the sources section, make sure you have the “Display Capture” option selected. If not, you can add it by clicking on the “+” symbol in the sources.
Step 3) Double-click on “Display capture.“
Step 4) Select the dropdown section for “Capture Method.“
Step 5) Choose “Windows 10(1903 and UP).”
This will bring your screen recording screen back to normal. If you still don’t see it, we suggest you take a look at your firewall settings mentioned below.
To fix this, you’ll need to add an exception for OBS in the Windows Firewall. Here’s how:
- Open the Windows Firewall Control Panel by searching for “Firewall” in the Start Menu.
- Click on “Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall.”
- Click on the “Change settings” button.
- Find OBS in the list of apps and check the boxes next to it to allow OBS access through both private and public networks.
- Once you’ve made these changes, restart OBS and try sharing your screen again. Hopefully, this will fix the problem!