Did you recently installed the Turn Off the Lights Chrome extension, and later that day or the next morning you see that the website content is black. Or better said, it makes my screen all black. And you can not open the settings page and can not uninstall any Chrome extensions you are using.

Solution

The problem is not really the Turn Off the Lights Chrome extension issue, but your hardware (and video cart drivers update is needed).

Disable hardware acceleration

The most common workaround for black screen issues in Google Chrome is to disable GPU compositing on all pages. In case you don’t know how to do that, follow these instructions:

  1. Create Google Chrome shortcut on Desktop (in case you don’t have it)
  2. Right-click the shortcut, and select Properties
  3. Click on Shortcuts tab
  4. In Target window, add the following text: “[space]–disable-gpu (so the path should look like chrome.exe” –disable-gpu”)
  5. Save changes
  6. Now, open Chrome and go to Settings Show advanced settings
  7. Now, just disable the Use hardware acceleration when availableoption
  8. Restart Chrome

Disable Chrome flags

Another solution is to disable some Chrome flags, in order to get rid of the black screen problem. The flags we’re looking to disable are:

  • GPU compositing on all pages
  • Threaded compositing
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Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Enter the following URL in the Chrome address bar: chrome://flags/
  2. Look out for the above-mentioned flags, and disable them
  3. Restart Chrome



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