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Samsung TV Black Screen/Flashing On and Off

Samsung televisions are well-known products with a reputation for high-quality images. However, many TV owners report a flickering and flashing black screen, interrupting viewing. The problem might lie in hardware or software faults, which are relatively easy to fix.

If your Samsung TV has a black screen or is flashing, try to perform a factory reset. However, it’s best to start with a Picture Test in the Settings menu to ensure that the TV is the underlying problem. Afterward, try changing the display settings of the device before resetting.

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This article will discuss why some Samsung TVs suffer from black screens and flashing. We’ll explain how to fix these common issues and how to reboot your television.

Samsung TV Keep Flashing/Flickering Black

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If your Samsung Smart TV is flickering, run a Picture Test to determine if your TV is causing the issue. The Picture Test shows a high-definition image that you can inspect for imperfections. If the screen continues to flash when the test image is on screen, proceed to the next phase of troubleshooting.

To view the test image, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure all cables are connected correctly.
  2. Push the Home button on your Samsung TV remote.
  3. Select the configuration menu.
  4. Scroll down to the tab labeled Support.
  5. Select Device Care. The system will perform a brief search on your device.
  6. Pick Self Diagnosis from the bottom of the page.
  7. Select Picture Test from the menu bar.

If the flashing persists, turn off ambient light detection. This function automatically changes your television’s brightness level in response to the ambient light in the room. When the ambient light detector dims the screen, it can appear as if the TV is blinking.

To disable this function, follow these steps:

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  1. On your remote, press the Home button.
  2. Navigate to the General tab.
  3. Choose Eco Solution.
  4. Press enter on the remote control to switch off ambient light detection.

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Samsung TV Black Screen On and Off

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When your Samsung TV has a black screen that appears intermittently, your settings may be the root cause. To begin solving this issue, disable the Contrast Enhancer. Navigate to the configuration menu and follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Photo tab using your remote.
  2. From the center menu, choose Expert Settings.
  3. Switch off the Contrast Enhancer.

Afterward, activate the Digital Clean View function. This feature eliminates image noise, preventing the TV from flickering black. To enable this function, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the configuration menu.
  2. Choose the Picture tab.
  3. Enter the Expert Settings.
  4. Switch off Digital Clean View by highlighting and pushing enter.

Samsung TV Black Screen With Sound

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If you turn your TV on and hear audio but don’t see an image, there are three possible causes:

  • A faulty connection
  • A problem with the unit attached to the TV
  • The television has hardware damages (this problem requires professional servicing by a technician)

First, double-check the cable connections to ensure they’re safe. After that, consider modifying the television’s broadcasting channel by following these steps:

  1. On your remote, press the menu button.
  2. Choose Live TV.
  3. Select Channel List.
  4. Choose between terrestrial and cable.

If changing the broadcast channel doesn’t resolve the issue, you may want to contact Samsung’s customer service. However, if your television is wired to an external device, try one of the following troubleshooting techniques.

Rotate through the television’s available sources to confirm the number of impacted input sources. Following that, if you’re using an HDMI cable, run an HDMI cable inspection. To run the exam, do the following:

  1. Go to the Settings menu.
  2. Navigate to the Support menu.
  3. Choose Self Diagnosis.
  4. Pick Signal Details.
  5. Scroll down to the HDMI Cable Test section.
  6. Press Enter on your remote.

If the cable is deemed defective during the inspection, replace the communication cables between the television and the attached unit. If no visible changes occur, call a repair expert.

Or, you can link an additional device to the same input to test if the issue is related to the connected unit. If the new device returns a picture, there’s a problem with the original device.

Samsung TV Black Screen With No Sound

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Due to a connection issue, your Samsung Smart TV is likely to have a black screen and no audio. First, secure any loose links and adequately dispose of broken cables.

If that doesn’t resolve the issue, the problem may be triggered by faults with the external devices. To confirm this theory, click the Menu button on your remote. If the menu appears on your television’s display, the issue is with the connected unit.

Are you confident that the external sources are operating correctly? If you are, the television screen may be black because of outdated firmware. As a result, the firmware must be updated to resolve this problem. If you have access to your television’s home menu, you can update it using the following procedure:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Choose Support.
  3. Select Software Update from the menu.
  4. Press enter to update.

Your TV will begin downloading the latest firmware. Once the update is complete, your TV will immediately restart, and the black screen problem should no longer exist.

Samsung TV Black Screen Won’t Turn On

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When your Samsung television displays a black screen and doesn’t come on, it’s most definitely due to a power problem. Try checking the wall socket and ensure that the voltage is correct for your TV. Check as well to see if your television turns on when you plug it into a different outlet.

If not, contact a repair technician. This issue could be a hardware malfunction, such as:

  • Faulty driver board
  • Defective LEDs
  • Damaged capacitors
  • Malfunctioning television screen

Additionally, if the warranty is still active, you can use it to replace the entire television.

Samsung TV Black Screen Won’t Turn Off

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If the television doesn’t switch off when you use the remote or the power button, try unplugging it for thirty seconds. Once reconnected, the TV should remain turned off. If it automatically turns on and doesn’t turn off, it’s best to call a repairer.

Or, you can post on the Samsung support forum; a technician will reach out to you to help.

Samsung TV Randomly Goes Black

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Is the ambient light detection system disabled, but the TV continues to go dark unexpectedly? If so, it might be necessary to adjust the Motion Lighting feature to see if this improves the visual consistency.

The Motion Lighting feature changes the brightness in response to on-screen activity. When this function is activated, the screen will appear dark, but it’s actually incredibly dim.

To disable this function, open your configuration menu and navigate to Eco Solutions. Once there, use your remote to highlight Motion Lighting and press enter to deactivate it.

Samsung TV Black Screen Reset

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If the previous troubleshooting steps were ineffective, consider factory resetting your Samsung TV. This approach is only applicable if you can navigate the Eden menu despite the black screen. Additionally, you need access to a Samsung remote. A smartphone remote application cannot perform these steps.

To perform a factory reset on your device:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Choose General.
  3. Select Reset and then enter your PIN. Enter 0000 if you don’t have a pin.
  4. Choose OK.

If these measures don’t apply to your television, access the support menu. After that, choose Self Diagnosis to find the Reset option.

How To Fix a Samsung TV Black Screen

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When your TV remains black, it may be that the energy-saving mode is enabled. Consider shutting it off to see whether that resolves the issue. To turn off the energy-saving mode, open the Settings menu.

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Navigate to the Eco Solutions tab and choose Power Saving Mode. Then, use the arrows on your remote control to switch it off.

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