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DennisAme
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RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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Same! Just installed the 1.2.18 BIOS and the flickering has finally stopped. Maybe "FS" in "FFS" stands for "Flickering Screen" or smth πŸ˜‰

Btw, I'm using Intel's latest driver as well (21.20.16.4542).

Thanks Dell! πŸ™‚

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simba2585
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RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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I think FFS is in truth its vulgar slang meaning...the flickering is pretty much a FFS issue πŸ˜„

Ive installed the latest BIOS A18 and latest intel graphics and so far haven't noticed a flicker - touch wood....

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FloridaJimL
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RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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I got my xps15 9550 back yesterday, or should I say my replacement.  Dell was going to swap me a refurbished unit (because of long leadtime on a repair part) but could not locate one, thank goodness.  Instead they built me  a new one,  Could only build a 'standard' unit, not custom, so I had to take 32 GB of RAM rather than 16 GB that I had.  Also got the Killer wifi card with it, since that is now standard.

After full startup was complete, I imaged the drive for safe keeping, then installed my prior image from the old machine.  Everything went good but the image restore said it failed at the very end.  Everything seems to work after installing the Killer wifi and bluetooth drivers.

I have the the .12 bios, and I am not going to change it at this time, even though I read that the .18 bios has fixed the flickering.

It has been a long, frustrating ordeal (as many of you know for yourselves).  I'm considering paying for premium support to keep from having to mail it in for service in the future.  

Jim

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FloridaJimL
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RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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Oh, my screen does not flicker and my head phone jack is not intermittent. I suspect the headphone jack issue was causing the long parts delay.

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Whathecode
2 Iron

RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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Very infrequently, flickering still occurs with BIOS 1.2.18. However, not frequent enough for me to want to try to roll back to the pre-flickering BIOS release.

It could very well be this BIOS also suffered from these much less frequent flickering issues. Alternatively, these might in fact be related to some of the settings which Dell recommended to change early on. I do not recall specifics, but remember messing around with settings several months ago.

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joteroz3
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RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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Good news so far. The latest BIOS update is working great for me. No flicker as others have reported. I also proceeded to install any other driver updates that I had not previously installed. There were some. It's worth checking. I even installed the latest Intel video driver update per the Dell support website, and there is no flicker. I can finally leave 4331 behind. There is a new Nvidia driver on the Dell support site, but I did not use that because I update per the Nvidia GeForce icon in the system tray. That provides the Nvidia graphics driver update that is slightly newer than what Dell lists. One more piece of good news...the Dell PremierColor application is finally working!  Simply find it in the system tray and right-click. Then select update. It will take you to the software website with the actual latest update. I used to assume it was just a splash page because I never saw an update there. But it's a live update page. I downloaded it and proceeded to upgrade my initial version with no problem. I can report it works great. If you don't have the application in your tray, just download the initial release from the Dell support website. No need to open it after installing. Just go to system tray in bottom right corner and right click to select update. It will take you to the website to update it. You can launch the application after you download and install it. Then go through the initial setup wizard. This all was like a delayed Christmas gift. Finally!

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SpiXy
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RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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For me also the flickering is not "totally gone", some small flickers still happen, but has been worsened is that now after the upgrade to the latest bios, sometimes the screen does huge flickers, meaning the monitor kinda turns off and on totally, it's not like before.

I other words, with updating I moved from frequent small flickers, to rare but huge flickers. Still worth the update but dudes, come on, 2000 dollars for this ?

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Shakeup
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RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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I have a XPS 15 9550 with the 6700HQ and 16gb ram. Since day 1 I've had slowness problems with windows animations and chrome scrolling. I exchanged that laptop with B&HPhoto and received a replacement that suffers from the same issues. I'm using my return window to try to fix the problem myself by installing the latest Intel 530 (beta) and Nvidia 960m drivers, but performance hasn't improved.

Does anyone have a laptop without performance issues? Is this just the way the laptops are or do I have a hardware problem? This is coming from a clean windows 10 manual install. Thanks.

Whathecode
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RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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@Shakeup

Out of three models that I have seen (one original, one replacement, and one from a colleague), all suffer from it. I recall also having seen mention of it on the forum here, and myself might have also posted about it before. This definitely seems software related.

On the Intel forum there is a post about the same issue, where Asus owners also report it, thus it might also be related to the graphics card: communities.intel.com/.../104262

I mentioned it (as part of >5 other issue) to Dell support the first time I contacted them, but did not pursue it since at that point in time it was the least of my problems (failing battery, random touchscreen input, and the common brightness flicker issue). They were totally oblivious about it, but that means nothing since up to a week before the 'brightness flicker' resolving BIOS was released they were also claiming this was 'by design' to me on the phone. I was planning to pursue it again though now that these other issues are finally fixed. It might also be worthwhile posting this somewhere on Chrome support, since Chrome suffers particularly bad from this.

I recommend you to find a related post on the forum here and add your own experiences there, or alternatively start a new one and link me to it, I will weigh in there with what I know so far.

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archenroot
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RE: Dell XPS 15 (9550) w/ Intel 530 / NVIDIA 960M - Intel Causing Screen Flickering

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Here someone suggesting confirmed flicker fix:

www.reddit.com/.../

I will test over weekend as I also started experiencing this ***, its like ghosts are around me :-)) haha

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