How to Fix Monitor Flickering Issues

By Jonny Lin  Graphic Issues  MonitorWindows   0 Comment

Many computer users have reported a problem that their monitor screen flickers or blinks randomly. If you’re also experiencing this problem, you’re no doubt very frustrated. But don’t worry. We’ve put together some suggestions to help you resolve your monitor flickering problem.

Try these fixes

You don’t have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Check your screen refresh rate
  2. Update your graphics driver
  3. Perform a clean boot
  4. Check for hardware issues

Method 1: Check your screen refresh rate

Your monitor flickering issue may occur if you’re using a low refresh rate for your monitor. You should check your screen refresh rate and make sure you’re using one that’s over 60 Hz. Here’s how you can do it

  1. Right-click an empty area of your desktop and click Display settings. (If you’re on Windows 7 or 8, click Screen resolution)

  2. Click Advanced display settings (or Advanced settings if you’re on Windows 7/8).

  3. If you’re on Windows 10, click the Display adapter properties for your monitor. (Skip this step if you’re using another Windows system.)

  4. Select the Monitor tab, then select a screen refresh rate that equals or is higher than 60 Hertz.

  5. Click OK.

Hopefully, this fixes your monitor flickering issue. But if not, there are three more fixes you can try…

Method 2: Update your graphics driver

The flickering issues may occur because you’re using a wrong graphics driver or it’s out of date. You should update your graphics driver to see if this resolves your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update your graphics 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.

You can download and install your drivers by using either Free or Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes only 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 the Update button next to your graphics adapter to download the latest and correct drivers for them, then you can manually install it. You can also click the Update All button at the bottom right to automatically update all outdated or missing drivers on your computer (this requires the Pro version — you will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
    You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
  4. If you have any issue with Driver Easy, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com for advice. You should attach the URL of this article so they can help you better.

Method 3: Perform a clean boot

Your screen may be flickering because of interference from the programs on your computer. To see if that’s the case for you, try performing a clean boot on your Windows system.

A clean boot is a process that starts your Windows system with only the most essential drivers and programs. By doing it, you can determine what is the cause of your computer problem if it is due to a software conflict.

To do so:

  1. Press the Windows log key and R on your keyboard to invoke the Run dialog.
  2. Type “msconfig” and press Enter on your keyboard.
  3. Click the Services tab. Then check Hide all Microsoft services (FIRST) and click Disable all. After that, click OK.
  4. Click the Startup tab, then click Open Task Manager.
  5. Right click each enabled Startup item, then click Disable. After that, close Task Manager.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Restart.
  8. Check to see if you are having any flickering issue. If no, proceed to the next step to find out the application or service that causes trouble. Otherwise skip all the steps below and try other methods.
  9. Press the Windows log key and R on your keyboard. Then type “msconfig” and press Enter on your keyboard.
  10. Click the Services tab. Check Hide all Microsoft services. Then enable any disabled service (by selecting its checkbox) and click OK.
  11. Click Restart.
  12. Check to see if your flickering issue occurs. If it doesn’t, repeat step 9 to 11 until you find out the service that causes the issue. If none of these services is the culprit, try the steps below.
    If there’s any service that causes your monitor flickering issues, you should do some research on the Internet to see what program is this service related to. Then contact the vendor of this program or your system for advice, or use an alternative solution.
  13. Press the Windows log key and R on your keyboard. Then type “msconfig” and press Enter on your keyboard.
  14. Click the Startup tab, then click Open Task Manager.
  15. Right click one (only) disabled Startup item, then click Enable. After that, close Task Manager.
  16. Click OK and then click Restart.
  17. Check to see if your flickering issue occurs. If it doesn’t, repeat step 13 to 16 until you find out the startup item that causes the issue.
    If there’s any startup item that causes the flickering issue, you should see what program is this item related to. Then contact the vendor of this program or your system for advice, or use an alternative solution.

Method 4: Check for hardware issues

If your monitor is still flickering, it’s likely there are hardware issues with your video cable or your monitor itself. In this case, there are a few things you need to do:

First, replace the cable you use to connect your monitor and your computer with a new one. This will resolve any problems you might be experiencing due to your cable.

If changing the cable doesn’t work for you, try your monitor on another computer to see if the issue still occurs. If there are problems with your monitor, you should get them repaired or replaced.

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