How to fix a black and white picture with laptop connected to TV

Updated: 12/30/2019 by Computer Hope
Color and black and white

Any of the below possibilities can cause this issue. We recommend you follow each of the steps below to resolve this issue.

  1. Driver issue - This issue can be caused by a driver related issue; verify your laptop has the latest drivers from your computer manufacturer. Note: if you are using a laptop computer we recommend you get the latest drivers from your computer manufacturer and not the video card manufacturer unless directed otherwise.
  2. Connector issues - If you are using an adapter, like a SCART, to connect your computer to the TV, make sure it can support your video mode. SCART connectors only support composite video and therefore, if you are using S-Video, you are only going to get a black and white picture. If you are using S-Video connector, try a S-Video to SCART pro (pro-SCART-6).
  3. TV modes - Verify your laptop uses the same TV mode as your TV (e.g., PAL (Phase Alternating Line) or NTSC (National Television System Committee).
  4. Hardware - Insure you are connecting the laptop directly to the TV and not through any other devices.
  5. Other - If the previously mentioned issues do not relate to your situation, we recommend you contact your laptop computer manufacturer or video card manufacturer for further assistance.