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Fix :Flickering Lines across the Computer Screen within Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP , any OS

After reading this article you will be able to solve the problem where corruption occurs on your screen or you see lines across your computer display. This problem might occur due to a Display driver problem, a display hardware error, Display connection cable problem or even a faulty display. If it’s a laptop & lines occur when you move your screen ( hinges move ), it could very well be the display cable problem connecting your motherboard/display adapter to your screen.

Follow these steps to resolve the issue:

  • Go to, control panel & locate programs & features or simply type Uninstall a program.
  • From the list therein, locate the display driver with the help of the example screen shot given below:

intel

OR

amd

  • Apart from the above examples, you can have a nVidia Display adapter as well. Select the appropriate program from the list following the screenshots above and click on uninstall.
  • Restart your computer
  • Now, Go to the Support website of either your computer manufacturer/Motherboard manufacturer or if you have a add-on Display adapter ( Graphics Card ), go to the Gfx Card Manufacturers support website.
    Example: http://support.intel.com or http://support.asus.com etc.
  • OR , to get latest drivers you can use WINDOWS UPDATE
  • To run Windows Update, Go to start menu & in the start menu search box, type Windows Update & press Enter.

update

  • Refer the above screenshot, you can either press Check for updates on the Top left hand corner or directly click on optional updates to check if new hardware drivers are available for your computer system.

If This does not solve your issue,

For Desktop Computer Systems

  • If you have a Add-on Graphics Adapter Installed, try pulling it out and checking the display on your on-board display option. If you do not have a motherboard with a on-board display, get another card to check if that works or try reseating your present graphics adapter properly into the slot.
  • Check the Display Cable ( Any type ) for damage. Also check both ends of the cable to make sure they are properly plugged in.
  • Check your Display Monitor with another computer of laptop device to make sure you don’t have a problem with your Display.
  • You can alternatively try to plug another monitor into your computer to check if that works properly.

For Laptop ( All portable Computers )

  • Take out your laptop battery, press & hold your power button for a few seconds.
  • Reinsert the battery into the compartment & check if the problem persists.
  • If your laptop shows lines across the screen when you move the display panel ( move the hinges to adjust the display ) then your cable connecting your display to motherboard/display adapter might be wearing out, in this case the only recommended solution is to take the computer to a authorized dealership or support outlet.

POWER PROBLEMS

  • Your Computer monitor might display some lines across the screen if there is a power surge or when the power input is lower or higher than the recommended range your monitor supports (Most of the time LOWER ), Check the documentation that came with your monitor to confirm the recommended power input.
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No Display : Computer Screen goes black / Hangs / Blinks

After reading this article you’ll be able to understand different reasons for your computer screen ( Monitor – CRT/LCD ) to show no display. It might go black within Windows, blinks, system hangs etc. Here are a few reasons that might be responsible:

  • Faulty Graphic/Display driver
  • Corruption within system file
  • Virus/ related Malicious software
  • Bad Memory ( Faulty RAM modules )
  • Faulty Power Supply (SMPS)
  • Faulty Monitor

Here is How you can try & fix them.

** Check for Loose Cable Connections.

**The Easiest way to fix any system file/driver corruption/ virus problem is to use System restore. This will return your computer to the state where it was working fine.

To use system restore:

Start Menu-> All Programs-> Accessories –> System Tools-> System Restore.

Now select from the available checkpoints & make sure you select the one when your computer was running ok.

The Regular ways

The First the foremost thing to check is your graphics/display drivers. For this the easiest way is to go to your system manufactures website & downloading the latest drivers from there. You can also check Windows update for getting new drivers for this go to Device Manager

Control Panel –> Device Manager

device manager

Click on the display manager and right click on the hardware shown therein & click on update driver software. Windows will then search for the best possible drivers for your hardware and install them.

Note for Windows XP users.

Find out your display card Manufacturer. examples : nVidia, AMD-ATi, Intel, SiS, VIA etc. & downloading drivers from their respective support websites.

Checking for Corruption in system files

To do this, keep a Windows disk at hand & insert it into the CD/DVD drive when prompted.

go to run & type : SFC /SCANNOW   press enter

Windows will now check all you system files & repair if necessary.

Checking for Virus or same DNA malicious software

Use any good quality Antivirus or total security programs available out there.

*my suggestion : Microsoft Security Essentials – free for Genuine Windows users.

Quick resolution if your system is unresponsive due to bad drivers/system file corruption.

If your system hangs just after logon or at the welcome screen, press CTRL+ALT+DEL or right click the taskbar & click on Task Manager.

Now, go to processes tab & look for explorer.exe & end it. Then, go to the Applications tab and click on New task, type in Explorer.exe and press enter.

Note: After this it is essential that you either use system restore & check for new drivers.

Checking for Faulty Memory (RAM)

Many times Faulty/BAD or even incompatible Memory module leads to problems like these. If you RAM module is new, it’s always a good idea to return in back & check your documentation for compatible Memory Modules.

If your system is suddenly behaving erratically, you should then use the Memory Diagnostics tool built into Windows 7. For this press F8 during boot and a menu should show up. Select Windows Memory Diagnostics tool & press enter. This will take a while and run some diagnostic tests on your Installed RAM.

You can also do this from within windows 7. Go to start menu & type : Windows Memory diagnostic & click on the program that shows therein. A screenshot of the program windows is given below:

memory Diad

Windows XP users:  Can use third party tools for Memory diagnostics or if you are ok with opening your computer up, Try Changing the memory modules or if you have multiple modules try taking one out & check for errors, repeat if needed. * Please do at your own risk.

Checking for Faulty SMPS

Note: If you suspect a faulty power supply (SMPS) & you are not confident on opening your computer up (Desktop) you should take your system to a professional & get it checked there.

If you Know what you are doing, Open up your desktop cabinet & try removing any hardware that is optional, E.g DVD drive, PCI Add-on cards, Graphic Card etc. etc. & then check if the problem persists. Replace the SMPS if necessary.

Checking for faulty monitor

If, nothing works out it’s best to check if your monitor is ok, try plugging it into either your laptop or in a friend’s computer system or get it checked by a professional.