Alienware Systems: General Video Troubleshooting

Summary: Links and guides to help troubleshoot video issues on your Alienware system.

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Alienware Systems: General Video Troubleshooting



Table of Contents:

  1. Systems
  2. Screen, Icon, or Font size too small or too big
  3. Blank Screen or No Video
  4. Fuzzy, Blurry, or Color Problems
  5. Brightness, Contrast, or Geometrical problems
  6. Horizontal or Vertical Lines
  7. ​Bright or Dead Pixels
  8. Dual Monitor Setup


Alienware Desktops:

  1. Remove any external devices attached to the system.
  2. Ensure the monitor is plugged in the correct video card port and primary video card
    • For Area-51, Aurora (ALX, R1, R2, R3), the Primary Video Card is located at the Top GPU Ports on the back of the Chassis and Aurora R4 the Primary Video Card is located at the Bottom GPU ports on back of the Chassis
    • For the X51 the Primary Graphics is the Discrete GPU.
  3. Swap the video card port to ensure there is not faulty port. Note: If you are using any kind of adapter, please try another cable or adapter.
  4. Test if the keyboard "NumLock" or "Caps Lock" keys changed the LED status from ON to OFF when you pressed the key while the computer is turned on.
  5. Test another monitor in All Available GPU ports.
  6. Reseat the video card.
  7. If dual video cards are presented, try one video card at the time on each PCIE port.
  8. Verify the Video Card Power Connector to be the correct ones.

Alienware Laptops:

  • If the LCD OR MONITOR is not displaying video or the video is distorted, run the BIST utility.
  • If the LCD OR MONITOR is not displaying any video, connect an external monitor. This will help to eliminate a possible software or video card problem.
  • If the LCD OR MONITOR has extremely dim video, adjust the brightness or connect the Ac/adapter to eliminate power management conservation in the Bios.
  • If the LCD has lines, pixels, color problems on the screen, check the system during POST as well as Windows to determine if the lines are present in all modes of operation. Run BIST too.
  • Check if you can hear the Windows loading sound after a couple of minutes of turning on the computer.
  • If no video is still not present, please check if your laptop is making beeps or the indicator lights have a LED behavior indicating a No Post situation instead of a No Video
For more detailed guidance through the steps indicated above we recommend selecting either of the articles below to help you, depending on whether you have an LCD or standalone video issue:

General Video Issues

For any of the following issues we recommend visiting our Monitor and Video support page, where you will find Troubleshooting, How to and Video content to help with these video based problems.

Screen, Icon, or Font size too small or too big
Blank Screen or No Video
Fuzzy, Blurry, or Color Problems
Brightness, Contrast, or Geometrical problems
Horizontal or Vertical Lines
Bright or Dead Pixels



Dual Monitor Setup

Visit our knowledge base article How Do I Connect Multiple Monitors to a PC? for support setting this up and also for general troubleshooting we have this article Troubleshooting Guide for Multiple Monitor Problems on Dell PCs



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Alienware 13, Alienware 13 R3, Alienware 13 R2, Alienware 14, Alienware 15, Alienware 15 R3, Alienware 15 R2, Alienware 15 R4, Alienware 17, Alienware Area-51m, Alienware 17 R4, Alienware 17 R2, Alienware 17 R3, Alienware 17 R5, Alienware 18, Alienware Area-51m R2, Alienware M11x, Alienware M11x R2, Alienware M11x R3, Alienware M14x, Alienware M14x R2, Alienware m15, Alienware m15 R2, Alienware m15 R3, Alienware M15x, Alienware m17, Alienware m17 R2, Alienware m17 R3, Alienware M17x, Alienware M17x R2, Alienware M17x R3, Alienware M17x R4, Alienware M18x, Alienware M18x R2

Last Published Date

05 Dec 2020



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