If you ever have horizontal lines on your laptop screen, don’t worry. It’s often not hard to fix at all…

Fixes for horizontal lines on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 issue

Here are 3 fixes that have helped other users resolve the horizontal lines on laptop screen issue. You may not have to try all of them; just work your way down the list until the problem is resolved.

  1. Update your graphics driver
  2. Adjust the screen resolution
  3. Gently wipe the screen with cotton balls

Fix 1: Update your graphics driver

This problem may occur if you are using the wrong graphics driver or its out of date. So you should update your graphics driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

You can update your drivers automatically with either Free or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

4) Restart your computer and see if the horizontal lines on screen issue has been fixed. If yes, then great! But if the problem persists, move on to Fix 2, below.


Fix 2: Adjust the screen resolution

Another trick you can try is to adjust your screen to the recommended resolution. Here’s how:

I’m using Windows 10:

I’m using Windows 8 or 7:

I’m using Windows 10:

1) Right-click on the empty area of your desktop and click Display settings.

2) In Resolution, click the drop-down menu and make sure the recommended resolution is selected. Then see if the horizontal lines disappear.

I’m using Windows 8 or 7:

1) Right-click on the empty area of your desktop screen and click Screen resolution.

2) Adjust the screen resolution and see if the horizontal lines disappear.


Fix 3: Gently wipe the screen with cotton balls

If the fixes above didn’t help with the problem, then it’s most likely a hardware problem. You can power off the computer and then gently wipe across the screen with cotton balls. Be sure to proceed with caution so as not to cause any further damage to your laptop.

If all else fails, you might have to take it to a computer repair shop to have it looked at professionally.


That’s it – three fixes for you to fix the horizontal line on laptop screen issue. Have you resolved the problem successfully? Please let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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