Laptop Screen Flickering

By Rhett Wilson •  Updated: 04/20/22 •  6 min read

Screen flickering is usually caused by an incompatible app or display driver issues. To determine if it is either the incompatible app or display driver that is causing the issue, try and check to see if your task manager is flickering.

A flickering laptop screen can make one unstable and unable to concentrate, it can reduce productivity. The constant flickering of the screen can frustrate and distract an individual so it is better this problem is solved immediately it starts.

This problem does not call for alarm nor does your laptop need to be taken to a PC repair shop. Actions such as raising and lowering the laptop screen repeatedly or trying to update your graphics and card drivers might solve this problem.

How to Stop Laptop Screen Flickering

Though screen flickering is usually caused by the display drivers, therefore you will need to update your display driver. To carry out this update you will have to start up your PC in “safe mode”, and then uninstall the current display adapter.

After that, check for any updates in the driver. We will break this down for you.

Step One

Start the PC in safe mode, select and press down or right-click, start and then select device manager.

Step Two

Expand on the Display adapters section, then select or right-click on the listed adapter, and select uninstall the device.

Again, click on the attempt to remove all the drivers for this device, then uninstall and then restart your PC.

Step Three

After restarting your PC, press the Windows logo key + I to open settings. You can also go to your settings by going to your Start Menu and clicking on Settings.

From the settings, click on windows update, then check for updates, and install any update that is available. 

What Are the Common Causes and Solutions of Laptop Screen Flickering

The main culprit to this, especially in Windows 10 PCs, is usually caused by an aging PC which shows signs of regular tear and wear as the years pass by, also when the internal cables are loosed, it can also cause a number of glitches.

New devices with a screen flickering issue can be a result of defective hardware or incompatible applications.

Some reasons for screen flickering are;

App Incompatibility 

When you personalize your PC into your unique digital hub, this means you are also downloading all your favorite programs and applications.

In most cases, the PC would not be able to handle all the specs and parameters of certain applications that can cause the screen flickering problem.

To figure out if the problem is from an incompatible app, then use the following steps;

Outdated PC Display Drivers

It is very easy to overlook Windows software updates, especially if you know the long amount of time they will take.

People who form the habit of hibernating their laptop or putting it to sleep instead of shutting it down will be more susceptible to the negative effects of outdated drivers.

When your system drivers malfunction, there is a poor display of resolution, flickering laptop, and bad internet connectivity. Both the functionality and visual aspects of your PC components will suffer if the drivers are outdated and also when updates, patches and bugs are not fixed.

Check if your PC is in need of an update using the following steps;

Step 1: Click on the windows taskbar button and then click on the gear symbol to get access to your PC settings.

Step 2: Select the update and security tab.

Step 3: If the PC has scanned for any available updates recently, then you may come across a number that is installed along with the names of the extensions, drivers, or programs that need to be updated immediately.

Step 4: If your PC has no completed automated scan, you can easily select any check for updates. This will help your operating system and hardware to sweep any necessary updates. 

Step 5: Click on install updates and allow your PC to carry out the rest. 

Make sure your laptop is plugged in while you update because if it goes out of battery when you are updating, it can damage or corrupt the operating system.

Bad Wires

Loosed or damaged wires can also cause your laptop screen to flicker. If the wires connecting your laptop screen to your keyboard damage or become loose over time, this can potentially result in a flickering of the screen.

If some parts of your laptop screen flicker while others do not, then you are dealing with internal faulty wiring. A damaged or loose screen cable, backlight or inverter is all the possible culprits behind this particular problem.

Outdated Drivers

If you are having issues with laptop flickering, then your device is in need of a manual driver update. If you are not sure of the manufacturer’s display card, use these steps:

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows taskbar icon to access the user menu

Step 2: Select “Run”

Step 3: Type “dxdiag” on the run dialog box

Step 4: The direct x diagnostic tool window will appear, it will grant access to all the PC’s hardware information. A number of tabs will appear on top of the toolbar.

Step 5: Select display 1

Step 6: The manufacturer, device type, name and other related information will be available. With the device and manufacturer’s name, you should get the right driver update.

Conclusion

Laptop screen flickering should now be a thing of the past after heeding this guide. With this, you might not have to spend a dime reaching for computer repair services.

You deserve to fully enjoy using your laptop in the most comfortable manner, and you shouldn’t allow anything to come in your way.

Now that we’ve gotten screen flickering sorted out, update us on any disturbances if they arise.

Rhett Wilson