It’s frustrating to turn on your Roku TV and wait for ages for the color to come on. You’ve tried everything you can to fix it, but nothing seems to be working. Fixing a Roku black screen isn’t usually complicated.
We’ve discovered that the 9.2.0 builds have a terrible history of having black screen problems.
After chatting with TCL support (you can, too), checking discussion forums, spending time doing research, and trying out various fixes, we know what works, we know what’s caused the black screen, and we’ll help you fix your Roku TV in seconds.
We’ve put together all the causes and fixes we’ve found to help you DIY.
Causes of Black Screen on your Roku TV
Before we start with fixing, let’s examine the various causes of the black screen of death on your Roku TV.
- Faulty parts of your TV.
- Poor or loose cable connections.
- Damaged screen backlight.
- Software bugs.
- Damaged screen backlight.
Another explanation for your TV blacking out is when your screen’s backlight is faulty. In this circumstance, only a professional repair would fix it.
5 Proven Methods to Fix the Black Screen on your Roku TV
You can’t be sure of what’s wrong until you attempt to find what the cause is and fix it. In that respect, we’ve assembled varied methods to enable you to discover and remedy the problem.
Okay, folks, let’s start fixing.
Note: To get the best results, follow the steps correctly.
Restart your Roku TV
Use this method if your audio works fine but your pitch-black screen. You can successfully navigate the menu to execute a restart.
Note: This procedure is exclusively for TCL Roku TVs.
This method involves executing a set of button commands depending on the firmware of your Roku TV model, and it usually varies for each model.
These steps will help you restart your Roku TCL TV:
- Press the Home button five times.
- Punch the Up button one time.
- Press the Rewind button twice.
- Press the Fast Forward button twice.
The process that follows will take less than three minutes.
Before starting, you should check your Roku TCL TV’s software version.
Power Cycle both your Roku TV and remote
We interacted with some users in the Roku community. They revealed that when their Roku TV screen went black, all they did was unplug it for 7-10 minutes, and the TV started working when they plugged it back in.
Power cycle your TCL Roku TV in three short steps:
- Turn off the TV with the remote.
- Unplug the Power cable.
- Plug the Power cable back in.
Also, you can power cycle your remote in five simple steps:
- Extract the batteries from the remote.
- Wait for about 5 minutes.
- Press every button on the remote many times.
- Change the batteries, and reinsert them.
- Turn on your TV using the remote.
Pressing each button on your remote is a way to get rid of defective electricity, resulting in black screens.
Confirm that your cables are correctly connected
A cable plugged halfway in can cause the screen to flicker and go black once in a while. Likewise, if you selected a source with no input provided, your screen will surely go black. An old HDMI cable can cause your screen to go black.
Inspect properly, and resolve all issues. It would be best if you replaced the cable where necessary. A gold-plated HDMI cable from Belkin is long-lasting and will serve you well.
It’s noteworthy that after trying out each method, you go back to whatever you were doing before your screen blacked out to confirm if the method worked.
Disable/Enable Fast Start on your TV
We found this method after hours of scouring through various online forums and communities.
People revealed that Disabling/Enabling their TV’s Fast Start fixed their black screen issue. Although it’s not confirmed to solve all cases, we believe you should give this troubleshooting method a shot. Anything might work.
Let us lead you through the steps:
- Press the Home button twice (to be safe).
- Go to Settings, then System.
- Select Fast Start TV.
- Enable or Disable the Fast Start option.
If the blackout persists, a reset is your best bet; usually, this option comes last. It’s a trade by barter, I mean, your personalized setting and accounts for high-quality images once again.
Reset your TV
There’s are two ways to reset your Roku TV and restore it to default:
- Navigating through your TV configuration menu.
- Choose System.
- Go to Advanced System Settings.
- Choose Factory Reset.
- Select Factory Reset Everything; a code will pop up on your screen, put in the code to authenticate the process.
- You can also perform a factory reset using the reset button on the rear of your TV—long-press the button with a small tool—preferably a paper clip—for roughly 10 seconds.
If your TV doesn’t work after testing all the methods in this post, there’s a high probability that it’s a hardware malfunction. Hence, we advise that you contact the Roku support team.
Why is my Roku TV not showing pictures?
There are multiple reasons your TV is turned on but not showing pictures. Some of which are: 1) Your TV is on the wrong input. 2) Your signal is poor. 3)
What do I do if my Roku TV isn’t showing pictures?
Restart your TV. Check your TV owner’s manual to locate the power button.
You can also unplug the TV and plug it back in after a minute.
Why is my Roku TV screen pitch-black, but the audio is fine?
In this scenario, its cause most likely originated from a loose cable connection or your TV has a hardware problem.
What happens to my Roku TV when I reset it?
A factory reset removes all the personalized settings and accounts on your TV. This reset takes your TV back to its original settings, and you have to log in to your account again.