DVI Shows No Signal Message On Computer Screen

DVI Shows No Signal Message On Computer Screen – Causes And Solutions

For years, DVI has been the best option for computer users who want to display a digital video on better display devices. Whether it’s presentations, conference meetings, workshops, or group tutorials, DVI is the go-to option. But certain things can go wrong during setup or use, and you see a “no signal” displayed on the screen. 

Why Is My DVI Showing A “No Signal” Error Message?

Certain issues like weak DVI receiver/transmitter, Bad DVI port, driver issues, cable issues, and video card issues, can be responsible for the “no signal” error message. 

Before you can begin troubleshooting, you need to be aware of all the possible causes of the blank display. 

Possible Reasons Why Your DVI Is Not Receiving Any Signals (With Solutions)

Why DVI Is Not Receiving Any Signals

Cable Issues

Wrong Cable Type: This is one simple mistake that can be the cause of the whole problem. Using a DVI-D (DVI-Digital) cable instead of a DVI-A (DVI-Analog) cable will surely result in no video output. It’s a simple mistake that many people fall for. Always select the appropriate cable.  

Dead Or Low-quality Cable: If your cable is dead, you are likely to get no signal on the receiving end. If the cable is of very low quality, the monitor may not be able to read the input signals from the computer. The solution here is to change the cable. 

Loose Cable: This is one of the commonest reasons why DVI won’t work. Some people don’t take time to connect the cables at the ports, and the resulting loose connection results in poor or no video output. The solution to this is a simple disconnection and proper reconnection of the DVI cables. 

Long DVI Cable: Shorter cables are better for DVI because they make it easier for the image data to pass through the cable in good shape and quality, without getting distorted. The side effects of long cables are especially noticed in Analog mode. Long cables can also prevent the EDID data from being received correctly. In extreme cases, it can get so bad that the computer video card will not even recognize the monitor at all. Therefore, short cables are always advisable. 

Weak DVI Transmitter

Some DVI outputs use a DVI transmitter integrated into the GPU, and some others use a DVI transmitter in an external chip. A DVI output may perform better depending on the way the transmitter is integrated. However, the strength of the transmitter also matters. If the transmitter is weak, it won’t be able to transmit any signals to be read. In worst-case scenarios, the transmitter may be completely bad. If this is the case, the quickest solution will be to go Analog. 

Weak DVI Receiver 

Monitors are pre-installed with DVI receivers. If the DVI receiver (responsible for receiving Digital signals) is weak, or completely bad, then you’re certain to get a “no signal” message on the screen. To test if the monitor’s DVI receiver is Ok or not, try using a different monitor. The results should clear or confirm your doubts. 

Bad Port Or Pin

If one or more pins in the DVI cable are broken or bent, it may disrupt the signal or ruin the connection entirely. It’s important to check if those pins are complete before plugging your cable in. Also, if the port you are connecting to is bad, you will definitely have no video output on the display. 

To check if your DVI port is working, find the FPD button on the display tab of your computer. The FPD button is supposed to turn green when the DVI output is enabled. But if the FPD button still has a gray color, then the monitor you connected hasn’t been recognized or detected by your computer. 

If you find yourself in this situation, try using a different DVI port (if your computer has more than one)

Driver Issues

Normally, there’ll be no need for additional software or drivers if your device supports DVI already. However, you must be certain your computer video card has the necessary drivers it should, and that they are up-to-date. Checking and updating drivers is generally regarded as the first step to take when troubleshooting. Simply do well to update your drivers. 

Video Card Issues

If you are certain that you have the right connections, up-to-date drivers, and the right cable, then the “no signal” problem may be due to a bad video card. In some cases, even the motherboard may have a fault as well. One way to test for your video card is to connect the monitor to another computer and see if it works or not. If it does, then certainly one internal component of your PC is bad (either video card motherboard). 

Other DVI Problems And Possible Causes

Monitor works for a while, then loses signalOverheating, disconnected, or loosened cable
Corrupted screen in digital modeDisplay drivers need an update, DVI cable is too long
The monitor doesn’t display at allThe wrong type of cable, DVI output is not functioning. 

Alternate Solution

Go Analog

If you are not making any headway with DVI-Digital, and your computer supports analog mode, then your best alternative solution will be to switch from digital mode to analog mode. The fact that it didn’t work in digital mode, doesn’t mean it won’t work in analog too. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised that it will not only work but will also have good quality output display. In truth, certain LCD monitors have been discovered to work perfectly in analog mode but show blank screens in Digital. Some gamers even prefer using DVI on Analog to digital. 


It can be really frustrating to finish setting up a DVI connection with a splendid LCD, only to see a “no signal” message on the screen. Usually, DVI works just fine, but then, there are many things that can go wrong. Troubleshooting DVI issues yourself may take some time, but it is something you can do on your own. 

The truth is that most times it’s those tiny mistakes that ruin the entire setup and result in error messages. The easiest and commercial fix is updating your drivers, but you can also check for cable issues, connection issues, and so on if you have time on your hands.