How to Fix Vizio TV Black Screen of Death

Although Vizio TVs are well optimized for enhanced image quality and are well priced, some users are experiencing the Black Screen of Death quite often. In most scenarios, the issue seems to be hardware-related. It may also happen that there are some issues with the software or power sourcing to the Vizio TV.

Sometimes, your Vizio TV may get a black screen if it can’t access a streaming service or internet app. Unlike other popular brands right now in the market, Vizio TVs don’t have that premium feel, but they do offer great value-for-money products. However, some users are complaining about their laggy operating system and plenty of bugs, too, which may cause several issues with the user experience.

How to Fix Vizio TV Black Screen of Death

Unfortunately, a TV may have one or more power supply boards and some other internal components out of the box, so the chances are high that one of the power supply boards will fail. You should try following all the workarounds below that can help you fix such an issue.

How to Fix Vizio TV Black Screen of Death

1. Do a Sound Test

Before reaching any conclusion, it’s always recommended that you perform a couple of manual tests on the TV by yourself to ensure that it isn’t dead completely. Make sure that the volume level on your TV is turned up high.

  • First, switch on your Vizio TV > Listen for the boot-up sound.
    • If, in case, you hear nothing, then try booting it up once again to cross-check it. Otherwise, you can try performing something else that may trigger noise as you know.

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2. Do a Flashlight Test

If, in case, you’re getting sound from the Vizio TV but no image at all, that means either the display panel is gone or any of the screen components are damaged internally. So, you should now use the flashlight test by following the steps below to get into the actual issue.

  • Make sure to find out a bright flashlight and turn it on.
  • Then try positioning yourself about two inches from your TV screen and shine the light on the TV screen.
  • This is how you can see an image on the screen using a flashlight. [If it happens, that means the inverter board in the TV has gone]

In that scenario, skip other methods and directly contact Vizio or rush to your nearest TV-repairing professional for further assistance.

3. Check Power and Connectivity

It may also be possible that there is an issue with the power and connectivity of your Vizio TV. Ensure that there are no loose connections with the power cable or outlet. You can also perform a hard reset of the Vizio TV by following the steps below:

  • Turn off the Vizio TV and unplug the power cord.
  • Then press and hold the Power button of the TV for around 30 seconds.
  • Release the power button and plug the television back in.
  • If you’re trying to test the picture from a device like a cable box, swap it out for a different device. If this fails, try accessing the television’s settings menu.

4. Replace the Power Board

Well, you should also try replacing the power board depending on the model number. It can be difficult enough for some users, but it’s recommended to do so if other possibilities don’t work for you. Make sure to follow the steps below.

  • You’ll require a soft cloth or towel to protect the TV screen.
  • Next, you’ll require a screwdriver depending on the size/type of the screws on the Vizio TV.
  • Then get a container to place all the removed screws in so that they won’t get missing.
  • Turn the TV upside down on a flat surface and have some cushion under it for additional protection.
  • Now, make sure to remove all the backside screws with the screwdriver.
  • Find all the Vizio TV fuses and try replacing the blown-out fuses.
  • Make sure to find out any damaged or naked power wires and remove them.
  • Then remove the screws that hold the power board and remove the old board.
  • Place a new board into the position just like before and reconnect all of the wires and cables.
  • Now, properly tighten the screws again, and place the rear cover of the television back again and tighten the screws.
  • Finally, plug the TV into the power source and check if that fixes the issue.

5. Contact Vizio Technical Support

If in case, none of the above methods didn’t work for you, and somehow the inverter board or any other critical component has some issues then you’ll need to repair or replace it as early as possible. Therefore, you should contact Vizio Technical Support for further assistance, and if your Vizio TV is still under warranty then it’ll be easier for you to ask for a replacement.

That’s it, guys. We assume this guide was helpful to you. For additional queries, you can comment below.

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