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Dell G15 5530 Owner's Manual

LCD Built-in Self-Test (BIST)

Dell laptops have a built-in diagnostic tool that helps you determine if the screen abnormality you are experiencing is an inherent problem with the LCD (screen) of the Dell laptop or with the video card (GPU) and computer settings.

When you notice screen abnormalities like flickering, distortion, clarity issues, fuzzy or blurry image, horizontal or vertical lines, color fade and so on, it is always a good practice to isolate the LCD (screen) by running the Built-In Self-Test (BIST).

How to invoke the LCD BIST

  1. Turn off your computer.
  2. Disconnect any peripherals that are connected to the computer. Connect only the AC adapter (charger) to the computer.
  3. Ensure that the LCD (screen) is clean (no dust particles on the surface of the screen).
  4. Press and hold the D key and press the power button to enter LCD built-in self-test (BIST) mode. Continue to hold the D key until the computer boots up.
  5. The screen displays solid colors and change colors on the entire screen to white, black, red, green, and blue twice.
  6. Then it displays the colors white, black, and red.
  7. Carefully inspect the screen for abnormalities (any lines, fuzzy color, or distortion on the screen).
  8. At the end of the last solid color (red), the computer shuts down.
NOTE:Dell SupportAssist Preboot diagnostics upon launch initiates an LCD BIST first, expecting a user intervention to confirm functionality of the LCD.

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