TV Screen Is Black – Powers ON But No Picture – What To Check?

I have an Samsung TV and the screen is black. The TV powers ON but I am unable to see a picture. The TV picture flashes for a second or two and then the screen goes completely black. It is just a black screen with nothing else. I can see the POWER light illuminate so I know the TV is turning ON and staying ON. I do hear sound even though the TV screen is black.

My TV is a 65″ 4K SMART LED HDTV and the black screen just started to appear. I am unable to watch TV as the black screen is constant. Does this mean the screen or main panel is bad? If an LED or LEDs go bad, does the picture flash and then the black screen constantly appears? What are some things I can check myself before I call for repair or warranty service?

TV Screen Is Black - Powers ON But No PictureTV Screen Is Black – Powers ON But No Picture

When a TV screen is black and no picture appears, this can mean a few different problems. Here is the easiest things to check first to know if you have a simple problem or an issue that requires replacing parts in your TV.

Black TV Screen Quick Test 1:
First, attempt to get the TV MENU pulled up using the remote control or the MENU button on the TV itself.
If the TV MENU appears, then the issue is coming from one of your sources or components.

Black TV Screen Solution 1:
This would mean that either a CABLE BOX, SAT BOX, COAX CABLE, HDMI CABLE, ETC may not be working properly, something is loose, or needs reset.
-Reset ALL components by unplugging them for 5 minutes including the TV.
-Be sure all COAX CABLES and HDMI CABLES are tight and properly connected.
-If you CAN pull up the TV MENU when you have the black screen, update your TV’s firmware to be sure your TV is up to date and rule out the TV as the problem.
NOTE: If the TV now works and there is no BLACK SCREEN, the issue was either a loose cable, old TV firmware, or a component that needed to be reset and the issue is now resolved.

Black TV Screen Quick Test 2:
Is the component you are using TURNED ON and the TV INPUT is set correctly?

Black TV Screen Solution 2:
For example, if you are using a Roku to watch TV…
-Be sure the ROKU or the component is TURNED ON.
-Be sure you have the TV INPUT set correctly and it is set to the component you are currently using.
-Switch to all the TV INPUTS one at a time to make sure you have the component connected to the correct input.
NOTE: Sometimes inputs are labelled incorrectly and this can cause confusion. If after turning ON the component and changing the TV INPUT, the BLACK SCREEN is gone and the TV works, the issue is now resloved.

Black TV Screen Quick Test 3:
After resetting and making sure the components are connected properly, if you still get the BLACK SCREEN, you may have a bad COAX CABLE or HDMI CABLE.

Black TV Screen Solution 3:
Try using different or new cables for the component you are currently using.
-Use a new COAX CABLE for SAT BOX and CABLE BOX.
-Use a new HDMI CABLE for ROKU, AMAZON, DVD, BLU-RAY, X-BOX, PlayStation, etc.
-Make sure there is no damage where the cables connect into.
NOTE: If after using a new CABLE the BLACK SCREEN is now gone and you can see the picture and sound, the problem is resolved and the issue was a faulty cable.


Damaged HDMI CableDamaged HDMI Cable

Damaged COAX CableDamaged COAX Cable – Bent Pin

If the above solutions did not work to fix the BLACK TV SCREEN, see below for other reasons that may be causing the issue.

Other issues that can cause the BLACK SCREEN that will require disassembling your TV and replacing parts:
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SAFETY – Before disassembling your TV, turn it off, unplug the TV, and wait a few hours so the power the TV holds inside discharges to avoid SHOCK.

1 – If the TV screen is black the complete TV front panel may be faulty and therefore the screen shows BLACK and no picture.
Find out if your screen is faulty or cracked and research to see if a new screen replacement is worth buying vs getting a new TV.

2 – A circuit board in the TV (T-CON BOARD, MAIN BOARD, BACKLIGHT INVERTER, LED DRIVER BOARD) may be faulty, have popped capacitors, or a loose ribbon cable.
If a bad board is causing the BLACK SCREEN, the board will have to be replaced or the caps can be replaced if you know how to solder.
Check the ribbon connections of all boards inside the TV to be sure everything is connected and secure.

TV Repair - T-CON BoardTV Repair – T-CON Board

Samsung TV Repair - Main BoardSamsung TV Repair – Main Board

3 – If the LED TV flashes on the screen when you FIRST turn it ON and then the BLACK SCREEN is shown, you may have a FAULTY LED or LEDs.
There may be a few LEDs that are not working behind the panel.
FYI – LED replacement is a total breakdown of the TV to replace the strips of LEDs that are faulty.
Check your TV model number and find the manual to see where the LEDs are located and how to replace.

TV Repair No Picture No Image Screen – Flashlight Test – Fix LCD LED TV

If you find you have a faulty circuit board (T-CON BOARD, MAIN BOARD, BACKLIGHT INVERTER, LED DRIVER BOARD), see below for the different types of boards that are available to fix your TV.

TV Repair - Main Circuit BoardsTV Repair – Main Circuit Boards

If you have suggestions on other easier ways to fix a TV with a BLACK SCREEN, please let us know by leaving a comment below. Also, if you have the BLACK SCREEN issue with your TV and the above solutions did not fix your TV, let us know by leaving your question below and we will help you get your TV working again.

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joe Morisy February 17, 2019 at 1:13 am

I have a sharp , model lc50lb48iu that the screen is black but I have audio. Checked cables box etc put another tv in and all worked with diff tv. Checked and have no back lights, did flashlight test no menu images. Serial number is KSEGBYAO18504 . Thank you for your help


2 Rathish January 9, 2019 at 1:40 am

Hi team, i have a Toshiba TV model – 49L621U. When i switch it ON, i get the toshiba logo flash for a second and then the screen turns black, i could still hear audio. I am able to see menu items via flash light test. I already tried replacing power board and T-Con board but i still face the same problem. I am not sure whether this model has a separate backlight inverter board. If anyone faced the same issue, please let me know. Do i also need to replace main board and back light LED strips? i still didnt go deep into the TV upto backlight LED’s. please advise next steps. Thanks


3 Tod Salvador January 2, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Hi guys i have a samsung modle # un32j525dafxzo. The screen went black but flashes a slight picture every 4 seconds. I cant see any white lights from the vents but i do see blue lights.


4 David Uebelhoer December 28, 2018 at 11:18 pm

Hello, my extra 19″ Visio goes black after I turn it on. When I turn it on the Visio light underneath comes on the channel # is there and blue screen for a second then turns black. I took off back to see if backlights were on but only lights I could see on where the ones from the Visio symbol. sound works and other functions work. Can you tell me what you think?
I wiped down the screen with a damp cloth and this is what happened??
Thank you for your time, I understand that you are a busy man, and I really appreciate any knowledge or information you may have on this subject


5 Robert December 27, 2018 at 6:02 pm

I have a 65 inch element was sitting watching it and the screen went black, unplugged it nothing happened, we have power to it , did flashlight test to make sure , now what can I do? thanks


6 Kieron December 17, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Thank you so much for this! Found it very useful and got my tv working again.


7 Richard Little December 16, 2018 at 9:45 pm

I have a rca 48 inch led tv and when I turn it on sometimes the picture won’t come on but has sound when I turn the tv off and on a few times the picture will come on . If the picture doesn’t come on it just turns blue or black , when I turn it off and back on and the picture comes in it will be white and say rca. Do you have any suggestions on what the problem may be.


8 Alwin Gonzalez November 18, 2018 at 6:08 pm

My 46 inch Samsung, I plug it in and it turns on and off continuously. I hear a click in a power board part, plus it makes the on/off regular sound and the red light blinks. Everything at the same time. Please let me know how it can be fixed and where to get the parts.
Thank you very much.


9 Mr Happy November 2, 2018 at 9:02 am

TV went black screen last night. Sound but no picture. Tried what you suggested to reboot the signal, meaning unplug power to cable box and restart. IT WORKED!!!!!!!


10 Pesiki. Solomona October 17, 2018 at 11:13 am

My 55″ UHD TV CHIQ , was working well after 2 wks just out of the blue switch off, thought that it going to come back. The power light is there, when you switch it on its off it recognise but only black screen remains and no sound. Any ideas how to fix it?


11 ALLEN VETTER - DIY Repair Assistant October 17, 2018 at 11:36 pm

Pesiki Solomona,
Unplug the TV from the wall outlet.
Wait 10 minutes.
Plug back in and the issue should resolve.


12 Dave September 29, 2018 at 9:29 am

My PLASMA TV SUMSANG SMART SCREEN was working fine yesterday just out of the blue screen switched off thought its going to come back on never only power goes on. Power light is there but when I turn it on the power light just flashes on and off (instant) but the black screen remains & no sound. If I press buttons on the remote the tv light flickers so it is recognizing it. But nothing comes on the screen?
Any ideas please? Am stressed men


13 Carly Devereau August 28, 2018 at 8:18 pm

My Tv was working fine yesterday. Tonight I’ve come to put it on. The power light is there but when I turn it on the power light just flashes on and off (until turned off by the mains) but the black screen remains & no sound. If I press buttons on the remote the tv light flickers so it is recognizing it. But nothing comes on the screen?
Any ideas it is an older tv not a smart tv


14 Brittney Weaver August 10, 2018 at 8:35 pm

I have a 49” Haier lcd tv, it was working just fine and then one day we turned it on and there was sound but no picture. I Took the back panel off and wiggled some cords and things, and was able to get the picture to come back. However, every time I turn it off, then the next day I have to repeat the same thing with wiggling cords and blowing on it. Should I replace the T-Con board for that?


15 Jonathan Bradshaw August 3, 2018 at 7:17 pm

I have a 55″ Vizio and when you turn it on the screen is fine. Over time it starts getting a little dark on one side until the whole screen eventually gets a dark cross shaped pattern on the whole screen. If I turn it off and right back on the picture is fine again. Then the problem repeats. I didn’t see this issue referenced yet because my screen isn’t just black. Does anyone have any advice?


16 Mike July 15, 2018 at 12:44 am

I have a 55″ Samsung Curved UHD LED TV with a black screen. When I turn the TV on I see mainly gray shaded vertical lines on the right side of the display for about 1 – 2 seconds then it goes dark. I can see the LED backlighting come on and after about 10 seconds the LED backlighting gets brighter but still no picture. I can hear tones when I change the volume but have not been able to get any HDMI video/audio to work. This TV has had the power, main, and T-Con boards replaced as well as the 4 ribbon cables from the T-Con to the buffer boards, but the issue is still happening. There is voltage to the main and T-Con boards (~12.3 volts) when power is turned on. I have also checked all the connector and wiring continuity between power and LED backlighting connection and power to main, and they are all good. I don’t have a schematic so running out of places to check. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


17 Andualem May 23, 2018 at 1:53 pm

My samsung Smart TV have a problem of When power up it shows ‘Smart TV’ Logo and goes off by itself and when click remote the Red light blicks but still black screen.


18 Narith January 12, 2018 at 3:01 am

I have an LG LED t.v. that appears to power on but I have a black screen. A couple of things: 1) When I shine a flash light on the screen, I do not see anything such as a menu 2) I can’t tell if the back lights are on since the t.v. is mounted on the wall; however if there were backlights I would be able to see them in the dark which I don’t see any lights currently 3) there is no volume on the t.v. What to do next?


19 Dennis Geiger December 4, 2017 at 11:08 pm

I have a RCA 39 inch TV with sound but no picture.
I can see the menu with the flashlight test.
I’m troubleshooting the boards and I don’t have 12 volts on the power supply board.
Pushing the on button has no effect.
All the other voltages check out.
Do you think the problem is the power supply board?


20 Lee Gump December 4, 2017 at 10:43 pm

Hi I have a Element eleft466 we had a power surge Black screen did the flashlight test we have ghost and sound I turned off the lights in the room I don’t see any backlights what can I do I also have a Seiki 47 inch doing the same thing please help Thanks Lee


21 Keith Stotes September 4, 2017 at 6:36 am

When the TV has a black screen, go close to the screen and shine a flashlight on it.
If you see a picture it means the LED lights are the problem.
I noticed that the soldering on the led strip sometimes gets loose, causing the supply cable not to deliver power.
Depending on the type of TV you have, you can either buy a new led strip or attempt to repair, but I recommend buying a new one because fixing one is time consuming you have to dismantle the whole screen unit until you reach the leds.


22 Cindy Lipinski June 23, 2017 at 11:23 am

The TV is black and when you turn on it slowly shuts self off?


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