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7 Methods To Fix Black Screen After Startup in CS2 (CSGO)

See how to fix the black screen issue after starting up CS2 (CSGO), including adding the "autoconfig" launch option and verifying game file integrity.

Updated on Mar 09, 2024
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7 Methods To Fix Black Screen After Startup in CS2 (CSGO)

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Add The "autoconfig" Launch Option

The first and easiest fix to the black screen after start-up is to tweak your launch options slightly. In this case, we will add the "autoconfig" option, which is used to install a config, to your CS2 (CSGO) launch options

To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to your Steam Library and right-click CS2 (CSGO)

  2. Then, head over to Properties

  3. Under the General tab, scroll down until you see Launch Options window

  4. Type in "-autoconfig" in the text box below

CS2 (CSGO) Properties

autoconfig Launch Options

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Verify Integrity Of Game Files

The second solution is another simple procedure. For this method, we will be verifying the integrity of your CS2 (CSGO) game files.

Here's a step-by-step process on how you can do this:

  1. Go to your Steam Library and right-click CS2 (CSGO)

  2. Then, click on Properties

  3. On the left side of the menu, click on Installed Files

  4. Click on the Verify integrity of game files button

Verify Integrity Of Game Files

Steam will automatically begin verifying your files. The game files verifying process can take 2 to 10 minutes. After it is completed, try relaunching your game! Verifying your game files can also fix your CS2 (CSGO) not launching.

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Updating Your Graphics Card Driver

Sometimes, a technical problem like this can be your graphics card's fault, usually because it may need to be updated.

Doing a quick check to see if your graphics card drivers are up-to-date can be a quick fix to your black screen issue, as playing CS2 (CSGO) without an optimal graphics card is not recommended. Follow the steps below:

  1. Hit your Windows key and search for Device Manager

  2. Then, look for Display Adapters

  3. Click the drop-down menu, and you should see your graphics card name

  4. Right-click on your graphics card and hit Update Driver

  5. Then, click on Search automatically for drivers

Locate Graphics Card Driver

Search automatically for drivers

If you have an outdated graphics driver, your system will automatically look for the updated version and install it. However, if your drivers are up-to-date, you might want to continue reading for another solution.

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Disable Full-Screen Optimizations and Run As Administrator

For this step, we're going to be doing two things at once since they are both located in the same place:

  • Disable Full-screen Optimization

  • Run CS2 (CSGO) As Administrator

Follow the steps below!

Browsing Local Files

  1. Go to your Steam Library, right-click CS2 (CSGO), and click on Properties

  2. Then, head over to Installed Files and click on Browse to open your Local Files tab

  3. Right-click the CS2 (CSGO) application file, and click on Properties

  4. Under the Properties window, hit Compatibility

  5. In the Compatibility section, check Disable fullscreen optimizations and Run this program as administrator

  6. Finally, click Apply

Right Click CS2 (CSGO) For Properties

Disable Full-Screen Optimizations and Run As Administrator

If this method doesn't work for you, you can always follow the same procedure and uncheck the two options.

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Check For Windows Updates

If you've tried all the methods above, and none of them worked, we will have to get a little desperate. Sometimes, the issue comes from an outdated version of Windows, so it won't hurt to check for any updates.

  1. Hit Windows + I, this will open the Settings menu

  2. On the right-hand side, click Windows Updates

  3. Click on the button that says Check For Updates

  4. If there are any updates, Windows will ask you for confirmation to Download and Install

  5. If you click Download and Install, simply wait for your device to restart

Windows Update

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Disable In-Game Overlays

Another reason why you may be experiencing black screens is due to in-game overlays from applications, most commonly Steam and Discord. Turning off these overlays could really fix your black screen issue.

To disable the Steam Overlay:

  1. Open your Steam Client and click on Steam on the top-left corner

  2. Then, click on Settings

  3. Look for the In Game settings

  4. Uncheck Enable the Steam Overlay while in-game

Steam Settings

Disable In-Game Overlay

To disable the Discord Overlay:

  1. On the bottom left of Discord, click on the Gear icon next to the Deafen button

  2. This will open up the Settings menu

  3. Under Activity Settings, click on Game Overlay

  4. Then, uncheck Enable in-game overlay

Discord Settings

Disable In Game Overlay

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Reinstall CS2 (CSGO)

If none of these methods have worked for you, the last resort is to reinstall CS2 (CSGO). If you are willing to go through this option, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to your Steam Library and right-click CS2 (CSGO)

  2. Hover your mouse over Manage, then click Uninstall

  3. After confirming, CS2 (CSGO) will begin uninstalling

Uninstall CS2 (CSGO)

Once the uninstallation is completed, go back to your Library to see that CS2 (CSGO) will be greyed out. Then, simply click Install and wait for the procedures.

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