I just received my Pi Zero W and I am a little frustrated. I can't get any video output from it.

First, I tried old SD cards (jessie, kali and libreelec) which were running on the previous A+, B+, Zero - it did not start, the LED is not even turning on. Then I downloaded new updated fresh versions of all OSes including noobs 2.3 and jessie 03.02, burned all "as in manuals" on 3 different SD cards, which I want to mention was perfectly working with the same config, same outputs/inputs devices - the status LED starts, but no video.

How would you advise me to proceed next?

I am guessing that some config should be modified? But then, how come other users did not encounter the same problem? Or did I miss something?

  • You haven't accepted an answer. Did you ever get this working? I am having the same problem :-(
    – Mawg
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 14:44

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Same issue a few days ago. Order of plugged in peripherals mattered. Making sure video out was connected before connecting power.


I was having the same issue. Then I was googling a solution after changing settings countless times. I left the pi zero w plugged in while searching and noticed after a few minutes it booted as it should. I am not sure why yet but my pi zero (non w) boots instantly, the pi zero w takes two minutes then starts to post.

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