Flickering Video on Dell Gaming or Alienware Monitors
- If you are using a Nvidia graphics card and G-Sync is turned on but your monitor is NOT G-Sync Compatible, flicker can occur. List of Dell FreeSync Gaming Monitors that are G-Sync Compatible can be found here: Dell AMD FreeSync Monitors that are Nvidia G-Sync Compatible
Either turn off G-Sync or use FreeSync with an AMD graphics card.
Note: Dell Gaming monitors using a vertical alignment (VA) panel are S2721HGF, S2422HG, S2722DGM, S3222DGM, S3222HG, and S3422DWG. All these monitors, except S2721HGF, are NOT G-Sync Compatible. Because of this, flicker is expected if G-Sync is turned on. To fix this issue, either turn off G-Sync or use FreeSync with an AMD graphics card.
- Run the monitor Built-in Self-Test (BIST): How to Run a Diagnostic Test on a Dell Monitor
If the BIST passes, the issue is NOT with the monitor. Check your system (BIOS, graphics card, drivers, etc).
- Update the graphics card driver and firmware to the latest version.
- Change the cable connecting the monitor to the computer. A defective cable can cause the signal to break while being transmitted across the wire.
- If the monitor has an Overclock feature and it is turned on, try to turn it off. Operating the monitor at a refresh rate higher than the panel specification can cause flicker.
- If the monitor has a Moving Picture Response Time (MRPT) or Ultra Low Motion Blur (ULMB) feature and it is on, try to turn it off.
- Check the surroundings. Electromagnetic fields can cause screen flickering. If there is another device plugged into the same power strip as the monitor, try to remove it.
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