Why Does My TV Say No Signal? A Quick Troubleshooting Guide

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Whether due to bad weather or hardware issues, your TV can encounter a “no-signal” issue. If there’s heavy rain, snowfall or winds in your location, the cable operator or streaming service provider will display a failure to receive the signal message. You only have to turn off the device for a while before the signal recuperates. This is because modern satellite dishes have been designed to cope with extreme weather.

In all other cases, if you’re convinced there is absolutely nothing wrong with the TV hardware, the problem lies with one of its many connections. Follow the simple troubleshooting steps in this guide to deal with the no-signal issue without incurring too much cost.

What Exactly Is a “No Signal” Problem?

Most TV manufacturers have an auto connection mechanism that allows the device to be detected and displayed on screen as soon as you turn on the remote. If your TV says no signal even though it’s set to the correct source or input as the cable box, what you’re facing is a network reception issue.

You can first try to power off the TV, wait for a few minutes and restart. If the problem continues, you’ll need to examine the individual connections one by one for troubleshooting. It’s a simple process of elimination.

Television No Signal

If you’re using one of the HDMI ports of the TV to connect to a laptop/computer or any other screen-sharing device, you must disengage them before proceeding.

Check the Cable Box/Set-Top Box

Your set-top box might be the reason for a no-signal issue in some cases. Whether you use an SD or HD box, the provider might release a new firmware and update it in the background. This means new satellite settings have been uploaded, but the device has not fully integrated with the adjustments.

Unplug Power Cable Set Top Box

To solve the problem, unplug the power cable and insert it once again. Make sure the TV is switched off. You might also want to pull out the smart card/viewing card and let the cable box cool for a while. Do it firmly without much pressure. Later, reinsert the card with the chip facing downward, following any visible arrows.

HDMI Cable/Port Issues

In most cases, the reason behind a no-signal problem can be traced to either the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) cables or the ports. If the connections are not fitting tightly or slipping out, there might be slight damage to the ports. It’s nothing serious that a TV mechanic can’t fixm and you can simply migrate to an alternative HDMI port. (Most TV manufacturers include at least two HDMI ports.)

Hdmi Port

Disengage the HDMI cable and re-insert it in the old or new HDMI port. You might want to upgrade your HDMI connector cable to a self-locking one which will help it stay in the port position. Once you sort out these HDMI issues, your TV signal should start working again in a jiffy.

Unplug Hdmi Cable

HDCP Errors

In some cases your TV might run into what is known as a High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) error. This is an anti-piracy measure which suggests that non-licensed devices should not be receiving any cable TV content. Almost all modern TV sets nowadays have to be HDCP-compliant.

If you’re trying to connect, say a Kodi box to your cable TV using HDMI, especially with higher definition displays, the no-signal message will show up due to HDCP errors. You will have to remove the offending device and the connection should be restored.

Other Tips

Sometimes your TV needs to be on a different base channel. While being on 1 or 2 is the default setting on the TV remote, you need to sometimes move it to 3 or 4. This change is for the TV remote only and has nothing to do with your cable or streaming service provider.

Tv Remote Set Top Box

You can also reverse the order of starting the cable box and TV compared to an older sequence. This allows both devices to connect again and receive the signals.


When a TV displays a no-signal message, it can be frustrating. But, in most cases, you don’t have to call up for external assistance. By dealing with one of the troubleshooting issues in this guide, you can fix the issue on your own.

Have you tried other ways to deal with the no-signal problem? Do let us know in the comments.

Sayak Boral Sayak Boral

Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over ten years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.


  1. One suggestion. Tell to TV appliances producers that release a TV with 2 remote controls. One normal for grandsons and one simplified for seniors with only 3 buttons: power, channel up/down and volume up/down. Je je je.

  2. I have a Vizio smart TV only a few years old but it’s not smart enough to keep running after a frantic woman resets it back to factory settings thinking it will help the TV find that stupid signal & port to work.
    Other then as was suggested above ie a simplified version for seniors I am at a loss what to do. *heavy sigh
    My DVD player works with this tV very well though…go figure. ;)

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