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Patrick3
Level 7

Blank Screen on start up

Everytime I turn my Roku on, I am greeted with a blank screen. The only way to eventually get to the home screen is to hit the Netflix button twice, wait until it loads, and then press the home key to finally see the main home screen, does anyone have any tips on hiw to fix this? I have ready restarted rhe device multiple times through the settings app, and powered the device down, and back up again. And I have also checked for new updates .

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Blank Screen on start up

When you say turn on, do you power the Roku off via a power disconnect, or is it simply you are waking it from being inactive? If the latter, it sounds like the Roku and your display are losing HDCP lock while the player is inactive. I can't say if that's a display or Roku problem. The easiest test would be to move the Roku to a different display and see if it still happens. If it does't, then the problem is with the display. 

Or, perhaps there's some little dust ball stuck in the HDMI connection at either end of the cable. Dust in the connector can cause intermittent issues similar to this. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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Patrick3
Level 7

Re: Blank Screen on start up

Mostly just when im "waking it up" I guess. We only use the roku on our bedroom TV. When we use our TV remote to turn it (the TV) on, it also powers the roku on through the usb port. And thats when we get the blank screen. 

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Blank Screen on start up


@Patrick3 wrote:

Mostly just when im "waking it up" I guess. We only use the roku on our bedroom TV. When we use our TV remote to turn it (the TV) on, it also powers the roku on through the usb port. And thats when we get the blank screen. 


Ah, ok. You truly are turning it on, since the USB port has no power when the TV is off. My first suggestion is to not power it from the TV USB port. They are usually right at the edge of insufficient power for a Roku device. Yes, Roku says you can do it, but it has also been the cause of problems for many users. 

A USB 2.0 port (which most TVs have) per spec will have about 500 mA of power available. Real world most Roku players need closer to a full amp (1000 mA), and the limited power available at the TV port just isn't enough sometimes. 

Naturally, plugging your Roku into the wall outlet means it will be on full time. This means more electricity used. But in reality it likely amounts to well under $1 per month. They just don't use that much power. Mine are powered 24/7 and I never have an issue with them connecting to their displays. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
TB0
Level 7

Re: Blank Screen on start up

I’m seeing exactly the same problem with a black screen on starting the TV even though the correct input is selected and it’s powered directly from a wall outlet on my new Streaming Stick+. Your Netflix trick worked for me though so thanks for posting that workaround. 👍🏼 Have you found out what’s causing this behavior on your device? I’m running v9.3.0 Build 4194. 

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Kenna10
Level 7

Re: Blank Screen on start up

I get stuck on a blank screen after turning it on it says update available and u press okay and it just takes me to a blank screen only showing the time and roku tv...help please

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Blank Screen on start up

@Kenna10 can you post a picture of what you're seeing? You never see the Roku home screen?

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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