Are you having a problem with your PC displaying flickers? It could be an issue with an incompatible app or device driver.
Computer problems are a headache, and one can definitely trigger a flickering laptop screen.
In the office, it can destroy productivity and turn a couch-cinema experience into a royal inconvenience.
The constant blinking only serves to distract and frustrate you, so you’ll need a quick solution the moment it starts.
It does not necessarily require a trip to the PC repair shop to fix a flickering laptop screen.
Solutions as simple as repeatedly lowering and raising the screen or updating the drivers of your graphics card may solve your blinking screen dilemma.
But what causes flickering on a laptop screen and what are the many fixes that work to stop it? This guide will answer all of your questions regarding burning.
How Do I Fix a Flickering PC Screen?
Follow the steps below
Check to See if Task Manager Flickers
Open Task Manager by pressing the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys on the keyboard at the same time.
Also if that doesn’t work, right-click the Start button in the lower-left corner of your screen and then select Task Manager.
- If Task Manager doesn’t flicker, an app is probably causing the problem.
- If Task Manager does flicker, a display driver is probably causing the problem.
Update an Incompatible App
Three apps were previously known to cause screen flickering in Windows 10: Norton AV, iCloud, and IDT Audio.
In most cases, updating the app or contacting the app manufacturer for an update will fix the problem.
Update Your Display Driver
To update your display driver, you’ll need to start your PC in safe mode, uninstall your current display adapter, and then check for driver updates.
1. Start your PC in safe mode, then right-click the Start button and select Device Manager.
2. Expand the Display adapters section, right-click the listed adapter, and then select Uninstall device.
Select the Delete the driver software for this device checkbox, then select Uninstall and restart your PC.
3. After your PC restarts, press the Windows logo key + I on your keyboard to open Settings.
If that doesn’t work, select the Start button and then select Settings.
4. From Settings, select Update & security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
Disable Windows Desktop Manager
Windows 10 is lauded for its innovative visual effects and elements that set it apart from other competing operating systems.
Desktop Window Manager is an all-encompassing window manager that makes all of those appealing transparent windows, live taskbar thumbnails and high-resolution monitor support features possible.
Unfortunately, there is a small chance that the window manager’s processes are responsible for your laptop screen flicker.
Modify the Refresh Rate
If you are finding that your laptop screen flicker only occurs when you have linked your PC to an external monitor, the problem could be the refresh rates.
A device’s refresh rate is a measurement of the number of times the screen redraws in one second.
A laggy refresh rate can look like a flicker when in reality you are just dealing with slow video processing.
Take It to an Expert Technician
If you’ve tried these many solutions and find yourself stuck with a flickering screen, taking it to an expert PC technician may be your best solution. Computers are complex.
Sometimes leaving your PC problems in the hands of an expert delivers the results you’re looking for faster and more efficiently than simple DIY tutorials can.
Make sure you look for a certified technician who knows your brand of computer.
Often you can find a list of authorized repair shops sanctioned by your brand on their website under “support.”
An expert will be able to open your computer safely, evaluate the wiring and find all of the manufacturer drivers needed if an update is required.
Be sure to explain your computer’s unique situation so your technician knows exactly what to look for and what to fix.