How To Fix Lenovo Black Screen With A Cursor?

If you are experiencing a black screen with only a cursor on your Lenovo laptop, don’t worry – you aren’t alone.

To fix this issue, soft reset your laptop. If that doesn’t help, proceed to the hard reset. You can also try accessing your screen through the recovery mode, and troubleshoot your laptop through that menu.

In this blog post, we will discuss some possible causes and solutions for this problem. Keep reading to find out more!

Why Is My Lenovo Screen Black, But I Can See the Cursor?

There are a few possible reasons why your Lenovo laptop might have a black screen with only a cursor visible.

One possibility is that your laptop’s graphics card is not working properly. This can be caused by a variety of factors, including hardware failure or outdated drivers.

Another possibility is that your laptop’s display is set to a low resolution. This can often be fixed by simply changing the display settings in Windows.

If neither of these solutions works, it’s possible that there is a problem with your laptop’s software or hardware.

How to Fix Lenovo Black Screen With a Cursor?

We will start with the steps that don’t require you seeing or doing anything on the screen itself, taking the fact that it’s black, and you can’t do anything with it anyway, so here goes.

1. Try a Soft Reset

This is the first thing we recommend you do. It is a super simple and effective way to get rid of any software glitches that might have caused the black screen.

  1. Unplug your laptop from the power source and remove the battery if possible.
  2. Press and hold the power button for 30 seconds.
  3. Put the battery back in and plug in your laptop.

Tip: If you can’t remove the battery, simply let it drain completely and then proceed to the reset process as described up top.

This should reset the laptop and fix the problem with you being able to use your cursor only.

2. Hard Reset your Laptop

Sometimes there may be a software or hardware issue that prevents your laptop from starting up the way it should. A hard reset usually fixes that.

  1. Turn off your laptop.
  2. Remove the battery and disconnect the AC adapter from the laptop.
  3. Disconnect all other devices connected to the laptop.
  4. Turn the laptop upside down and look for the emergency reset hole. It is a small hole, usually on the backside.
  5. Using a needle, press the button and hold it for about 5-10 seconds.
  6. Put the battery back in the laptop and connect the power cord.
  7. Turn the laptop around and power it on. 

Tip: If your laptop doesn’t have a dedicated reset button, substitute this step for pressing and holding the power button on your laptop for 60 seconds.

This will most certainly fix the issue.

3. Use the Recovery Mode

This method is similar to the previous ones we have talked about and can help if the reset didn’t work for you for some reason. The way to enter this mode will vary depending on your Lenovo model. Try pressing F1 or F2 after powering on the computer.

Some Lenovo laptops, like mine, have a pinhole button on the side called NOVO next to the AC cable which can help you access the recovery mode.

Once you press it, you should be able to see the diagnostics screen, which will take you to the Automatic repair screen.

  1. From there, you can click on the Advanced options.
  2. It will give you a few options. You will need to choose the “Troubleshoot” one.
  3. Choose “Reset this PC” option.

You can also choose the option “Remove everything”, which will erase all the data from your laptop and factory reset it.

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4. Update your Graphics Card Drivers

Try updating your graphics card drivers. This can be done by visiting the website of your graphics card manufacturer and downloading the latest drivers.

5. Change your Display Resolution

If updating your drivers doesn’t work, try changing your display settings. To do this, open the Control Panel and go to “Appearance and Personalization.”

Then, click on “Display”, find the “Resolution” setting and set it to a higher resolution.

If this doesn’t work, try setting the “Brightness” and “Contrast” settings to their maximum values.

6. Talk to Professionals

If neither of these solutions works, it’s possible that there is a problem with your laptop’s hardware.

In this case, you’ll need to take your laptop to a certified repair centre for diagnosis and repair, or contact Lenovo customer support for further assistance.


Lenovo black screen with cursor is a common issue that can often be fixed by restarting your computer. If this doesn’t work, you may need to reinstall Windows.

We hope this article was helpful and provided you with the information you need to get your laptop working the way it should.

I’ve been working with technology in one way or the other all my life. After graduating from university, I worked as a sales consultant for Verizon for a few years. Now I am a technical support engineer by day and write articles on my own blog here in my spare time to help others if they have any issues with their devices.