How to Solve Laptop Screen Flickering


Screen flickering is one of the common issues that the user may experience with their laptop. Laptop screens have LCD or LED displays that can start flickering due to multiple possible reasons, including mismatch display drivers or display driver is not properly installed, incorrect settings and defective hardware parts. You can usually fix laptop screen flashing by doing a bit of troubleshooting to address each of these possible causes.

Operating system issue

One of the possible causes of screen flickering may be device drivers or software on your laptop are out of date. This issue can be solved by updating the windows. To do this, you click the “Start” button and then click the “Settings” icon. Click the “Update & security” button and then choose “Windows Update.” Select the “Check for updates” option and wait for Windows to search for all available updates. Hit the “Install updates” button if asked whether you want to install available updates. Reboot the computer when prompted to complete the update process.

Resolution and Refresh Rate

Check the resolution and refresh rate settings to match the capabilities of your monitor. The refresh rate is to measure how many times the screen redraws per second.  Fix your resolution and refresh rate by accessing the Display Settings. Right-click on your desktop and click “Display settings.” Scroll down and select the “Advanced display settings” option. Click the drop-down under Resolution and select the recommended option. Click “Apply” to apply these new settings. Your screen will temporarily flash as the resolution is updated. Hit the “Keep settings” button to keep the new settings. If the problem remains, try adjusting your refresh rate. Select the “Display adapter properties” option in Advanced Display Settings and then click the “Monitor” option. Check beside “Hide Modes That This Monitor Cannot Display” and choose a higher refresh rate from the list. Select “Apply” and then “OK” to update the refresh rate.

Change Setting of display drivers

If display driver mismatch can cause many issues with your laptop display, including laptop screen flickering and poor resolution. To solve this issue, you can install a new display driver for your laptop. Restart the laptop into Safe Mode by clicking the “Start” button and then select “Settings” followed by “Update and security” and then “Recovery.” Click “Advanced startup” and then hit “Restart now” to reboot. Click “Troubleshoot” on the Choose an Option screen, then “Advanced Options,” then “Startup Settings” and then “Restart.” Press the “F4” key to start your laptop in Safe Mode. In Safe Mode, click the “Start” button and select “Device Manager.” Click the “Display adapters” option, right-click your laptop’s screen adapter and then select “Uninstall device.” Check the box next to “Delete the driver software for this device,” click “Uninstall” and then select “Start” followed by “Restart” to reboot your laptop. Click the “Start” button and then select the “Settings” option to launch Windows Settings. Click “Update & security,” then “Windows Update,” then “Check for updates” to download and install your laptop’s new display driver. To complete the process, reboot the laptop again.

If your laptop has a graphics card and always had a problem with flicker then check the driver as this may be a possible cause of laptop flickering. Update the graphics driver. Click on the computer icon on the laptop screen and search for “Device Manager.” Under “Display Adapters,” you’ll see the exact brand and model of your video card. Go to the manufacturer’s driver’s Web page and search for this model to download the appropriate drivers. Alternatively, you can revert to an older driver if the flicker began immediately after an update. In this case, return to the Device Manager, right-click your adapter and then “Driver.” Click “Roll Back Driver” and “Yes” to confirm.

Flickering is related to movement

Lower and raise the laptop screen repeatedly to determine the issue. Hardware failure is the likely cause when a flicker occurs only when the laptop moves. The possible cause may be the screen cable is loose or damaged but the inverter and backlight can also cause this problem. The laptop needs to be opened in order to confirm the problem, but do not attempt this unless you are familiar with Laptop repair and do not mind voiding the warranty. To get quick service, take the laptop to the Dell Laptop Service Center in Kolkata (post-warranty support) or send it back to the manufacturer (under warranty).

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