How Do I Fix the Screen Color if a Pink Hue Is Everywhere?

By Shea Laverty

With the rise of high-definition video, games and entertainment on our televisions and desktop PCs, color fidelity has become increasingly important. So when you boot up your computer or turn on the TV and see the screen awash in a warm pink hue, something is obviously amiss. In the case of computer monitors, the source of the problem is often a faulty connection or bad VGA cable. In the case of televisions, it's often the result of a cable or satellite set-top box's resolution settings interfering with regular operation.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle nose pliers

PC Monitor

Step 1

Check the color balance options on your monitor. Typically, there is a button on the monitor itself that can be used to enter the Settings menu and configure color. The color balance may have somehow been changed, resulting in the pink image.

Step 2

Calibrate the color system for your monitor through Windows. Press "Windows-X" to open the Power User menu and select "Control Panel." In the Search bar, type "calibrate display" and click on "Calibrate Display Color" when it shows up. Provide your administrator password or confirmation if prompted.

Step 3

Check to see if the cable connecting the monitor to the computer is loose by lightly jiggling the connector at both points. If it's loose, this could be the cause of the display error. Secure the connection and see if the issue has cleared up.

Step 4

Check the connectors themselves for bent or damaged pins. A damaged pin can cause a faulty connection, which can lead to errors like a pink-tinted screen. If the pins are just bent, you can try to bend them back into place with a pair of needle nose pliers. If they are otherwise damaged or missing, you'll have to replace the cable itself.

Step 5

Perform a factory reset of your monitor if replacing the cable has not repaired the issue. Instructions for a factory reset vary from one model and manufacturer to the next, so consult your owner's guide for detailed instructions.

Step 6

Connect your computer to a different monitor if the problem persists after factory reset. If the problem persists with a new monitor, the issue is likely with your video card. If this is the case, consult the card's manufacturer for detailed diagnosis and assistance. If not, your monitor may be damaged and incapable of rendering a properly colored image. Take it to a repair professional for repair or replace it.


Step 1

Open the settings or options menu on your set top box and navigate to the picture or video options menu. The process varies from one manufacturer to another, so consult your owner's manual for detailed instructions.

Step 2

Disable "Native Resolution."

Step 3

Disable interlaced scans if disabling "Native Resolution" didn't solve the problem. The only options that should be enabled are 480p, 720p and 1080p. If the problem persists, there may be an issue with your television itself. Contact your television's manufacturer for detailed diagnosis and support for the issue.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have an older CRT monitor, you can also de-gauss the screen to remove the effects of magnetic interference. Exact instructions vary, so consult your owner's manual for specific instructions.
  • Don't damage or remove any of the pins while you're trying to realign bent ones. You may only compound your current issue with new, unexpected errors.