How to Fix Vizio TV Turns On But No Picture

Does your Vizio TV screen have no picture even if you have already turned on the TV? There are various factors that can cause this issue such as a wrong input channel setting, loose connections, or even a software glitch. To fix this you will need to perform several troubleshooting steps.

Vizio is an American company that is popularly known for making affordable yet high quality TV models. You will usually find Vizio Smart TV in stores such as Best Buy and Walmart with various models to choose from ranging from the regular LED TV with Full HD display up to the 75 inch Vizio Smart TV with a QLED display.

Why does my Vizio TV screen have no picture even if it is turned on?

Why does my Vizio TV screen have no picture even if it is turned on?

One of the issues that you might experience with Vizio TVs is when there is no picture or what is commonly known as the black screen of death issue even when the TV is already powered on. This can be an annoying issue especially if you want to watch your favorite show.

Here’s what you need to do to fix Vizio TV black screen or no picture issues.

Solution 1: Check if the Vizio TV is powered on

The first thing you need to do when the Vizio TV screen does not have any picture is to check if the TV is indeed powered on. You might be pressing on the power button on your Vizio TV remote control but the TV has not turned on yet. You need to check if the power light of the TV is on. If it isn’t then check the power cord and make sure that it is plugged directly to the power source.

Solution 2: Power cycle the Vizio TV

One factor that can cause the Vizio TV black screen or no picture issue is a software glitch. This can be due to the TV’s internal memory being overloaded or the TV’s firmware has crashed. In order to fix this you just need to power cycle your Vizio TV.

Power cycling Vizio TV

Turn off the Vizio TV.

Remove all the devices plugged into your Vizio TV such as HDMI cords .

Unplug the power cord of the Vizio TV from the power outlet.

Press the physical power button on your Vizio TV for about 30 seconds to remove any residual power.

Wait for 10 minutes.

Connect the previously disconnected devices to your Vizio TV HDMI ports.

Plug the Vizio TV power cable into the power outlet.

Turn on your TV using the Vizio remote. Make sure that the power light is on.

After power cycling try to check if the Vizio TV picture issue is fixed.

Solution 3: Check HDMI connection

If you have an external device connected to the HDMI port of your TV then you need to make sure that it is connected tightly. One of the factors that can cause the Vizio TV black screen is a loose HDMI connection, faulty HDMI port, or a bad HDMI cable.

If the HDMI cable is connected tightly then try using a different HDMI cable or try using a different HDMI port on your Vizio TV.

Solution 4: Try pressing the menu button on the remote control

If the Vizio TV menu appears after pressing the remote control TV button then this means that the TV is working and the problem is caused by one of the connected devices. 

To fix this try disconnecting all the cables connected to the TV then connect it again. Make sure that the correct source is selected ( HDMI 1 or HDMI 2) and that the external device is turned on when checking if the picture works.

Solution 5: Unmute the Vizio TV screen

Some Vizio TV models have a screen mute feature which mutes your TV screen but still allows sounds to work. It’s likely that you have this feature enabled which is why you are getting the black screen error.

Disable mute screen feature

Press and hold the ‘Mute’ button on your Vizio remote for 5 seconds to ensure your screen isn’t muted.

Solution 6: Hard reset the Vizio TV

One of the common causes of a Vizio TV black screen of death or no picture issue is a software glitch. To get rid of this glitch you will need to hard reset the Vizio TV. This procedure will not erase the downloaded content and saved preferences. However, it will erase all the short-term bug errors on the device.

Hard reset Vizio TV

Turn the Vizio TV off and unplug all the connected peripherals, including the power cord.

Hold the TV’s power button for a few seconds.

Leave the TV disconnected for at least ten minutes and plug in the TV.

Reconnect the peripherals and switch on the TV.

Try checking if the Vizio TV black screen or no picture issue still occurs.

Solution 7: Reset the Vizio TV Picture Settings

There’s a possibility that you made certain picture setting changes that it causing Vizio TV’s black screen or no picture issue. If you don’t know what picture settings you changes that’s causing the issue then you can just reset the picture settings.

Reset picture settings

Press the MENU button on the remote.

Highlight Picture and press OK.

Highlight More and press the Right Arrow button.

Highlight Reset Picture Mode and press the OK button on the remote.

The TV will display a message asking you to confirm or cancel the reset.

Use the Right and Left Arrow buttons on the remote to highlight the confirmation button (usually labeled Reset) and press OK button.

Solution 8: Factory reset the Vizio TV

Finally, one of the best ways to fix the Vizio TV black screen of death or no picture issue is by performing a factory reset. This will bring back the TV back to its original default settings and configuration.

Factory reset Vizio

Locate, press, and hold the Volume Down and Input buttons on the TV simultaneously.

Release the buttons after holding them for about ten seconds.

Press and hold the Input button again for ten seconds.

Wait as the TV restarts.

Try checking if the television screen issue still occurs.

Solution 9: Contact Vizio service center

If after performing the troubleshooting steps listed above the same no picture problem still occurs then this might already be caused by a faulty inverter board or damaged internal components. If the TV is still covered by the Vizio warranty then you can have this repaired or replaced.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why does my Vizio TV have no picture?

    This problem is usually caused by a loose HDMI connection, wrong source selected, or a software glitch. Try to check all the cables connected to the TV and make sure to select the correct source. You should also try to restart your TV to fix this problem.

  2. Why is my Vizio TV screen always flickering?

    Your TV screen will flicker due to various factors. To fix this you just need to perform these troubleshooting steps.Unplug Vizio TV from the wall.Reset your Vizio TV Picture Settings.Adjust Brightness and Backlight Control Settings.Turn off Ambient Light Sensor.Try various Picture Modes.Try different Video Sources and inspect all connections.Update Vizio TV OS.Factory reset Vizio TV.

  3. Why does my Vizio TV keep turning off after an update?

    If you are experiencing this issue try resetting the TV by unplugging it for a minute then plugging it back in. If the issue persists then try to perform a factory reset.

  4. Why does my Vizio TV keep turning on and off repeatedly?

    It’s likely that this is caused by a loose power cord. Make sure that the power cord is secured tightly to the electrical outlet. If it is and the issue persists then you will need to contact Vizio customer service for assistance.

  5. What is a dead pixel?

    A dead pixel shows up as a small dark dot on the screen.

One Comment

  1. My Vizio has no picture and no sound. Backlight works but only with the main power switch. The remote has no effect, batteries are good. I replaced all three boards, didn’t help.
    Can you help?

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