Toshiba Fire TVs have been one of my go-to TVs, partly because of the ease-of-use factor and partly because of the brilliant picture quality of their panels.
The vivid colors paired with the starking imagery of these displays make them a pretty good contender in the Smart TV market. The intuitive user interface also stands testimony to this statement.
And so, when a series of events involving intermittent green screens and cross-hatching bars started appearing in the display, I began investigating the plausible reasons; and eventually did come up with a fix.
Green screens start popping up on Toshiba Fire TV as a consequence of using inferior cables or due to the bugs and errors nesting in the TV. Try refreshing the TV as a preliminary step once the issue starts showing head. Always use cables with the recommended requirements and ensure taut cable connections at the port.
Altering several screen settings can also yield results. In extreme cases, the issue may be with the hardware. If that's the case, the only fix is to replace the damaged hardware.
Here are the most effective tips and fixes that you could try in times of such adversities.
Refresh your Toshiba Fire TV
Let's start the troubleshooting process with the easiest fix of them all, refreshing the device.
A refresh certainly helps fix most issues in dire straits, especially for a device like the Fire TV that runs incessantly for a long time.
And with a restart, you can get rid of most evanescent bugs and errors that can cause issues on your TV. If left unattended, they can eventually slow down or even cause a total shutdown of the device.
The best-recommended method of refreshing your Toshiba FirebTV is through a power cycle test.
Apart from giving your Tv the well-deserved respite from its tiring work schedule, a power cycle test also dissipates the piled-up charges on your TV's circuitry.
Begin the process by unplugging all the cables and wires connected to the TV. Then, leave the TV untouched for about a minute or so.
Next, press and hold the various buttons, including the power button, for a good 10 seconds. Doing so will discharge your TV off any stored charges. Perform this step a couple of times.
Now, plug back in the cables and switch on the TV.
Another quick and easy way to restart your Fire TV is through the interface commands.
Here are the steps to restart the Fire TV using the TV commands.
1. From the Home screen, click and open the Settings menu.
2. Select the System/Device & Software.
2. Select Restart and confirm the selection.
Once the TV restarts, check for the issue.
Check the Cables You Use on the Fire TV
Another inextricable aspect of screen issues is the cables, especially in an uncanny problem like the green screen issue.
Irrespective of the type of cable, substandard cables and shoddy connections are bound to cause problems one way or another.
And by the type of cable used, I allude to the ones you would use to connect a broadcast medium or a streaming device, like HDMI, composite, or coaxial.
Let's start with HDMI. HDMI has taken over the digital world, replacing its coaxial and composite counterparts in a blink of an eye. And issues with HDMI on Toshiba Fire TV is one of the major boons affecting the TV.
With superior data transfer speeds and better interference/loss compensation, HDMI has become the preferred method of connecting gadgets to your TV.
But not all of them are built the same, and the distinguishing factors between a desirable HDMI cable and a knock-off are pretty diverse but at the same time thinly defined.
You can get away with lower resolutions using an inferior cable without a problem. The oddity starts becoming explicit once you switch to a higher resolution.
Some of the attributes to keep an eye out for are CEC, HDCP, and the type/version of the cable used.
Consumer Electronics Control(CEC) permits universal control of the TV and the device connected via HDMI through a single remote control.
HDCP, developed by Intel, is a content regulation protocol that regulates the flow of content across various mediums.
HDCP is a necessary certification without which you won't be able to stream content through streaming platforms like Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, etc.
An HDMI 2.0 cable is an absolute necessity for faster, higher resolution content sharing scenarios. This statement bears truth, especially in the case of 4K streams.
With any one of these attributes taking a back step on your cable, you're prone to green screens and bars popping up abruptly on your Fire TV.
With that said, now let's talk about connecting the cables.
A snug connection may be the most vital aspect of cable etiquette. Do not hesitate to apply pressure if the port seems a bit averse to connect.
A loose power cable is one of the prominent reasons for black screens on Toshiba Fire TV.
Look out for crooks, kinks, and bends on your cables since they might affect the data transmission across the devices.
If the cable shows signs of wear or corrosion, replace the worn-out one with a new cable as soon as possible.
When using a composite cable to communicate with your Toshiba Fire TV, make sure to connect the cable leads in the correct orientation.
Incorrect orientations can cause green screens to pop up on the TV.
Update your Fire TV
One grey area that you can't overlook is the firmware version of your Toshiba Fire TV.
Outdated firmware can essentially become a playground for the many bugs and errors on the lookout for a break in the code with a keen eye.
And even with an up-to-date version, errors and bugs can take root in your system. And so, developers come out with updates and patches on a regular basis to tackle this very breach of system boundaries.
Make sure to check for updates frequently and ensure the freshness of the firmware version to stave off any such impediments.
To update your TV, follow these steps on your Fire TV.
1. From the Home screen, click and open the Settings menu.
2. Select the System/Device & Software option.
3. Click on About.
4. Select the Software version option.
5. Select the 'Check for System Update' option to scan for updates.
Perform the update, if any. Restart the system once you complete the process.
Check the Screen Settings
Next up, check the screen settings on your Toshiba Fire TV.
In more times than you would want to, altered settings can cause all sorts of problems on your TV. Finding and rectifying such modifications can be a hassle, but that's what we are here for, right?
Check and ensure the state of these settings once you encounter issues with the screen.
Let's start with checking and changing the resolution.
Switch the Resolution on the Fire TV
This particular fix comes in handy, especially when dealing with green screen issues while using HDMI sources.
A wrong move and the screen can go all bananas on you.
Fortunately, the process to check and change the resolution on Toshiba Fire TV is quite simple. This fix can also be applied when the display has a zoomed-out interface and out-of-proportion icons.
Follow these steps on your Fire TV to change the resolution of your display.
1. Click and open the Settings tab from the Homescreen.
2. Select the Display & Sound settings option('Picture' in some models).
3. Click on the Display/Picture/Theatre option.
4. Select the Video Resolution/Calibrate Display option.
5. Check and change the resolution.
Restart the TV after altering the resolution. Check for the issue now.
A quick way to change the resolution of your TV is to press and hold both the Up and the Rewind buttons together on your Fire TV remote.
Doing so will trigger the TV to cycle through all the possible resolutions. Once you find your desired display resolution, click on the Use Current Resolution option to confirm the selection.
Check and Change the Dynamic Range Setting on Your Fire TV
Dynamic range determines the color reproduction and the illumination of your display.
Any changes made to this setting can lead to appropriate changes in picture output.
An amateur move can cause discord between the streaming/broadcast and the TV, invariably leading to issues with the output.
In a nutshell, don't mess with this setting option unless you know what you're doing.
As always, thanks to the intuitive and refined user interface of the Fire TV, restoring balance to most settings on your TV is simple. Dynamic range settings are no exception to this case.
Follow these steps on your Toshiba Fire TV to alter the dynamic range settings on your TV.
1. In the Settings tab, click and open the Display and Sound option.
2. Select Dynamic Range settings under Display/Picture.
3. Switch the option to Adaptive.
Exit the settings menu and restart the TV. Check for the issue now.
Changing this setting is also one of the best ways to tackle color issues on Toshiba Fire TV.
Switch OFF Pixel Orbiter Setting on Toshiba Fire TV
Pixel orbiter is a feature that randomly offsets the image frame by a small measure after a pre-set interval to negate image burn-ins and other possible screen damages.
Although this setting won't be available in the latest renditions of the Toshiba Fire TV, some older models do come with the option.
When green screens and random bars start popping up arbitrarily, try switching off this setting as a possible fix.
Follow these steps on your Toshiba Fire TV to turn OFF the Pixel Orbiter setting option.
1. From the Settings menu, click and open the Setup tab.
2. Then select Anti image Retention.
3. Click on the Pixel Orbiter option and toggle OFF the option.
Restart the TV and check for the issue then.
Other possible reasons for green screens to pop up on your TV are:
- Interference from nearby speakers.
- Use of cable splitters.
- Bad circuitry.
- Burned out screen matrix.
- Unstable internet.
Hard Reset the Toshiba Fire TV
Finally, we come to the ultimate fix for most issues on the Fire TV, the factory reset.
With a factory reset, you don't have to worry about any error causing bugs or stale files any more. A hard reset will wipe your TV clean of any and all such miscreants.
But in due process, all your personal preferences and data shall also get wiped, though.
Follow these steps on the Fire TV to reset your device.
1. On the Settings tab, click and open the Device & Software option.
2. Select Reset to factory defaults.
3. Confirm your selection by pressing the Reset option.
Also, do bear in mind that the process is a bit time-consuming. Upon completion, reconfigure the TV like new.
Screen issues on a TV are always a boon we so desperately want to avoid. Once it becomes apparent, watching TV will never be the same.
Green screens and florid bars are all part of the analog mode of the broadcast of yesteryear. But in this day and age, we can't just sit there with placid hands and hope for the best.
Apart from the fixes mentioned above, if the issue is with an app, try uninstalling the app and then reinstalling it again as a fix.
If you can't get the green screens to go away even after trying all these fixes, it's high time you contacted the customer services of Amazon or Toshiba for further assistance.
In extreme cases, the fault maybe with the screens themselves, and replacing the damaged hardware may be the only sensible fix.
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
Why Does My Fire TV flash green?
Flashing green screens stems from improper connections, bad cables, and system errors. Check the cables and ensure proper port connections as precautionary troubleshooting steps. A system refresh or even a reset can get rid of all other inconsistencies.
How do I get rid of the green screen on Netflix?
An uninstall of the app can resolve this issue. To uninstall the Netflix app on your Toshiba Fire TV, go to Settings>Applications>Manage installed applications>Uninstall. Then, reinstall the app from the app store. Check for the issue now.
What is ARC for HDMI?
Audio Return Channel(ARC) essentially negates the need for additional audio cables while connecting external speakers of other media players by facilitating audio and video transmission through the same cable. ARC comes as standard on most HDMI cables nowadays.