How To Fix PS4 Black Screen (No Signal) When Using Razer Ripsaw HD

The Razer Ripsaw HD is one of the best capture cards that you can use to stream and record your PS4 gameplays right now but many gamers who use it encounter a black screen or no signal issue when connected to the PS4. If you’re trying to set your Razer Ripsaw HD and you come across this problem, don’t worry, as there’s an easy way to fix it.

Why you have no signal issue or black screen when using Razer Ripsaw HD?

If it’s your first time to use an external capture card like the Razer Ripsaw HD, you’ll may get a little confused why your monitor or TV can’t seem to detect your PS4. Well, don’t worry. There’s nothing wrong with your capture card or devices. This is not a bug either but rather a little known licensing protocol used in a PS4 called HDCP.

What is HDCP?

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection or HDCP is an anti-piracy standard implemented in some electronic devices like your PS4 to protect contents from being stolen or copied without permission. It’s a form of a DRM or Digital Rights Management that ensures that a certain content is only playable in a device.

HDCP is specific to the HDMI cable standard. When enabled, HDCP can effectively block streaming of contents via HDMI to an unlicensed or non-HDCP compliant device. 

Since HDCP is enabled by default on your PS4, you won’t be able to transmit your games or via HDMI unless the receiving device, like the Razer Ripsaw HD capture card, is HDCP compliant. In order to go about this restriction, you need to disable HDCP on your PS4 so a capture card can allow HDMI signals to pass and forward them to your TV or monitor.

How to fix PS4 black screen when using Using Razer Ripsaw HD

Turning off HDCP on the PS4 is easy. All you have to do is to go under Settings menu and find the option to disable it. 
In order for you to navigate to your PS4’s Settings menu, make sure to disconnect your Razer Ripsaw HD card first and simply connect your PS4 directly to the TV or monitor.
Learn how to disable HDCP on your PS4 by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the Home screen.

  2. Open Settings.

  3. Select System.

  4. Uncheck the box for Enable HDCP.

What to do if still have a black screen or no signal when using Razer Ripsaw HD?

If you continue to experience black screen issue, your Razer Ripsaw HD may be defective. It’s also possible that you may have an issue with your HDMI cable (make sure to use the HDMI cable that came with the box).

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