11/17/2022 at 3:41 p.m. by Oliver Jäger – Users of new Nvidia Ada Lovelace GPUs reported blank screens at system start, which prompted the manufacturer to develop a solution to the problem. For this, Nvidia releases an updated GPU UEFI firmware update tool, which detects whether a firmware update is necessary for the problem.
With products newly released on the market like the Geforce RTX 4090 and the very fresh RTX 4080, some errors can creep in every now and then. It should have happened to some users that a blank screen was displayed during the system start when using the graphics cards mentioned. Nvidia took on this problem and, after careful analysis, it wasn’t long before a solution was found.
Bypass blank screens on boot with firmware update
A firmware update may be required to fix the problem, which is determined using Nvidia’s updated GPU UEFI firmware update tool version 1.2. The update tool applies to the new GPUs Geforce RTX 4090 and 4080 and checks for GPU compatibility with subsequent guidance through the update process. The description of UEFI Firmware Update Tool v1.2 says:
“To ensure compatibility with certain UEFI SBIOS, an update to the Nvidia GPU firmware may be required. Without the update, graphics cards with certain motherboards that are in UEFI mode may experience blank screens at boot time until the operating system loading. This update should only be applied if blank screens are encountered at boot.”
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If there is a blank screen during the boot process, Nvidia gives the user three steps to run the tool:
Make sure you are using the latest SBIOS from your motherboard vendor. Change the boot mode from UEFI to Legacy/CSM. Boot to an alternate graphics source (secondary card or integrated graphics card).
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According to Nvidia, it is also important when running the update tool that all apps are closed and that no updates to the operating system are running in the background. The tool can also be used with Founders Edition graphics cards as well as those from board partners. You can download the UEFI firmware update tool from Nvidia’s website.