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Alienware Laptops: Lines and Distortion on the Screen

Summary: Details of the LCD built in tests to help resolve any display issues on your Alienware system.

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Supported Systems

  • All Alienware laptops

Run a On-line Diagnostic First.

Run the LCD Built-in Self Test

All Alienware laptops have a built-in self test for the display that will help you determine the cause of the problem. To run the test do the following:

  1. Turn off your system
  2. Press and Hold the D key
  3. Turn on the system while holding the D key, release the key when you see colors on the screen

    The screen will come on and cycle through the colors Red, Green, Blue, White and Black

    This will stay for a few seconds, pay attention to screen to check if the distortion is present during the test.

Testing and External Display

Connecting an external display will allow you to determine if the source of the distortion is the screen or some other component of the screen

If the distortion is also present on the external screen follow our article Resolve Hardware Issues With Built-in and Online Diagnostics (SupportAssist ePSA, ePSA or PSA Error Codes) for further testing

Update your System BIOS and Video Drivers

Latest BIOS is available at our Drivers and Downloads Page

Click Here for help on how to update your BIOS.

You may visit NVIDIA or AMD for the latest driver for your system

Important: Please visit our Drivers and Downloads Page in case the above drivers do not work for you.

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Affected Product
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Last Published Date

18 Apr 2024



Article Type

How To