Come home from a long day and just want to kick back and play some Destiny? You turn on your trusty ol’ PS4, grab the snacks, and get comfy on your couch. There’s just one problem: the angry flashing “No Signal” box or lack of visuals altogether.
Though it may feel like it, this isn’t the end of the world. This is just a problem with your console connecting to your TV. Often enough, this happens after someone drops their console or trips over the HDMI cable, but there are quite a few causes. The most common issue is damage to the HDMI Port itself, but that is easily seen by lifted pins, shifted or mangled ports, or ports that are completely missing.
Changing out the port is all that you need to do.
Sometimes, though, you’ll just come home to this problem or find it after a storm or yet another “sub station maintenance” session. If this is the case, you won’t find any damage to the port as the problem is actually with a small chip just behind the port: the HDMI IC.
Getting your PS4 repaired after that is just a trivial issue and can take less than an hour. So next time you hear about a friend’s PS4 that stopped working or you came home to a horrible surprise like this, don’t worry. At the end of the day, it’s just one small part that can be easily replaced and allow you to get back to fighting off The Red Legion.