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Ti 83 black screen problem

When ever i put batteries in my ti-83 calc. it gives me a solid black screen since I never actually turned it on i can't shut it off. I've read the solutions posted here and am willing to try them I just have one (1) question:
while holding down the del and clear keys and adding power is this a momentary shot of power or do i leave it on and hold the keys? for how long?

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  • joe349 Mar 24, 2008

    black screen on my t183 plus

    what can I do?

  • dpscubadvr Apr 08, 2008

    I put in new batteries and when I turn it on I can only get a black screen. I tried to use the 2nd button then the arrow down but nothing happens. What can I do to get the screen readable. It does shut off when I hit 2nd button and off.

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  • jon1234 Apr 11, 2008

    Solution for Black Screen in a TI-83 Plus Calculator

    1. Take off all five batteries
    2. Leave them off over night or for a couple of days
    3. Put in the CR 1616 battery
    4. Screw on the lid
    5. Then put all 4 AAA batteries
    6. Put the lid on.

    Note: screen will be black so you will be typing the next steps from the website blindly,
    Follow them very closely or you will have to wait a couple of days to
    do it over again.

    7. Go to this website and follow steps 1, 2, and 3 only. They are the first steps you will see when you scroll down.

    8. Then take one battery off and put it back in, then put on the lid
    9. Then start pressing zeros 0, till you see the screen completely fill up with zeros
    10. don't clear it, fill it up with 2 more full screens of zeros then, you will see that the black will start going away, then clear it.

    The screen should be clean after that, if not keep repeating the steps.

  • abryan Aug 20, 2008

    I, too, attempted to solve the problem by removing batteries and using the buttons to lighten the screen. I'll attempt the suggested strategies before replacing the calculator.

  • abryan Aug 20, 2008

    Just grabbed the screwdriver to take out the backup battery... pulled out one regular AAA battery, replaced it, turned on the calculator and saw a faint set of numbers! Used the "2nd" and "up" keys to toggle the darkness up a bit, and viola! The calculator is working properly!

    I'd taken the calculator to work two days ago to ask a colleague to look at it, but had not taken it inside. Soooo, perhaps a little extra sunlight/heat somehow impacted the circuitry. Who knows? I'm thrilled! I passed up purchasing a new TI-83 Plus calculator tonight (on sale for $65) on the hopes that I'd have a working calculator within the next day or so. This is an unexpected bonus!

  • tundock007 Sep 01, 2008

    just turn down the contrast and you're good to go

  • Calctrouble Oct 01, 2008

    I'm 16 and i just started pre-calc and i really need this calculator. It was my sisters from when she was in college and when i put new batteries in it i just got a black screen. If i tilt the calculator i can see all the numbers but if i try to fix the contrast it doesnt work, all i see is a black screen. What should i do???

  • croger123 Jan 18, 2009

    My calculator had been sitting for probably over a year, with no AAA batteries in it, but it still had the back up battery in it.  I popped in new batteries, and the screen turned black.  It won't turn on or off, and the contrast settings don't do anything.

  • BILL11 Jan 21, 2009

    Guys! i tried the 2nd and down arrow it didn't work, i tried the DEL+CLEAR+ON keys it didn't work. The screen is still very dark and every pixel in it is very dark there are not digits showing, i can see nothing on this screen except filled pixels. I also left the calculator for years and then tried to replace the batteries including the back-up battery

  • lorix Mar 13, 2009

    I had the same problem after not using it for years. I followed the advice about taking the back cover off and looking for any melted circuits, and I did not have any, but just taking the back cover off fixed my problem. I put the batteries back in and the screen said Memory Cleared, and I could read the screen again.

  • whsnow Mar 18, 2009

    Just replaced the batteries, turned the thing on, and all I get is a black screen. Going to try the offered solutions now.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    when i turned it on it was all black

  • bchgrl85fl Apr 26, 2009

    i had the same problem with the black screen & the down arrow solution worked! amazing! thank you!!

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I had the same problem. If you hit 2nd down 2nd down 2nd down and keep repeating untill the screen clears it should solve the problem. i tried the other solutions that tried clearing the memory and they didnt do anything but erase the equations i had previously put in it (great). But this should work.

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    mohsin Nov 17, 2018

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I had a major issue with my calculator having a distorted black screen. It has sat for a long time and I replaced all the batteries and even called the TI support group, who unfortunately couldn't help me either. I thought all hope was lost but decided to give my computer repair skills a try. Here is how:

1. Take all the batteries out and remove all the screws from the back of the calculator.
2. Use the small screwdriver to pop open the top and sides of the calculator.
3. Once apart peel back the silver lining to reveal the green circuit board.
4. Look at it closely and you may find a couple of components that have a melted look.
5. If so use your small tool to carefully clean away the melted particles.
6. Reassemble the calculator and insert the batteries, backup battery first.
7. Turn it on and it should say RAM cleared. Your screen should be fixed and working like new.

If this doesn't work for you I am sorry. It did wonders for me and I had tried everything else. Good Luck.

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My Ti-83plus was sitting for a long time, when i put in new batteries it would give me a black screen with little pixel blocks, and that was it.

Now, years later, I got it to work by trying a variety of solutions from this site.

What worked for me, fixing the black screen with pixels:

Use new batteries

After inserting new batteries hold down the CLEAR key and ON at the same time, for a few seconds.

After letting go your screen should say RAM Clear.

This worked for me on a calculator I have not used for years. :)


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Things to try, in the following order:

1. Replace batteries with fresh ones from the store. Do this even if you replaced the batteries from "new" batteries you had in a drawer.

2. Replace the backup battery.

3. Take apart the calculator. Remove the 2 screws on the back-bottom. Next, use a thin plastic tool (credit card or spudger) to pry the edge of the calculator where the top and bottom casing comes together. The casing should snap apart. Next, like surge547 stated, check for any contacts or circuitry that may have residue or green "stuff" on it. Clean them off if you find any. Next check the contacts where the batteries go. Sometimes batteries leak and leave acid residue which can cause poor power distribution. Clean the contacts if necessary, I used rubbing alcohol. Its easier if you remove them from the back casing, they snap into the grooves if you look closely.

The 3rd step worked for me. I was getting a MEM CLEARED message each time the calculator was turned on. If i pressed a key, it would take 2-3 seconds to register. This was most likely due to poor power distribution, which caused the calculator to be slow.

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Be sure to try the 2nd + down arrow before trying anything. I had the black screen of death and replaced the AAA batteries and still had the black screen of death, so I replaced the back up battery. Still had the black screen, but before I tore the whole thing apart I tried the 2nd key down arrow combo one more time and it started working like a champ! I have had this calculator since 1990 and only ever had to replace the batteries.

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    Thank you! This worked immediately!


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Surge, I'd like to try your suggestion, but I dont have any hex that will fit the screws in the back. What did u use?

Posted on Aug 21, 2010

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I just turned on my TI-83 for the first time in years put in new AAA and black screen I was reading this site for info it said take out the batteries so I did including the back up battery then I put in new AAA without a back up and bam screen if that doesn't work
jon1234 comment should but i don't think you need to let the calculator sit for days to reset or any thing

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

I don't know why your calcuator won't turn off, but I think I might know why its black. Press the 2nd key on your calculator and then press the down arrow. Keep repeating, remembering to press the 2nd key before you press the down arrow. If what I think is true, after a couple of times doing this you will see your screen start to lighten, and see a number in the top right corner of your screen (the number will be around 8 or 9) Don't worry if you see the number and it doesn't go down when you press the buttons: it stays on the same number for a couple of shades, and then it changes.
I find that a number 7, close to a 6, is the best setting.

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SOURCE: ti-83 plus black screen

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SOURCE: ti-83 plus silver edition. calc won't turn on.

Well, if screen shows the RAM CLEARED message, that means your calculator is working. Just press the [CLEAR] key, message will be erased and you are ready to crunch numbers.

Hope it helps.

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