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Why is my Chromebook screen glitching?

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Chromebooks have gained immense popularity in recent years due to their affordability, portability, and user-friendly interface. These lightweight laptops, powered by Google’s Chrome OS, offer a seamless browsing experience and a range of applications to cater to various needs. However, like any electronic device, Chromebooks also encounter some technical glitches, and one of the issues users face is a flickering screen.

In this article, we have discussed the causes of the Chromebook screen glitching issue and a few ways to help you fix the issue.

Also read: How to get FL Studio on Chromebook?

What are the causes of the Chromebook glitching screen issue?

Below we have mentioned a few possible reasons that might be causing the Chromebook glitching screen issue.

  • Hardware-related issues.
  • Issues with Hardware acceleration feature.
  • Issues with smooth scrolling flag.

How to fix the issue?

If you are encountering the Chromebook screen flickering issue then we have explained a few ways to help you fix the issue.

Hardware related issues

It is possible there are some loose or damaged wires connecting the screen and motherboard that are causing the flickering screen issue on your Chromebook, If you can check the wiring on your own then you can check or get it checked by a technician.

Disable the Hardware acceleration

Most applications use the hardware acceleration feature, which enables them to utilize your computer’s hardware for improved performance, primarily for visual components. However, this can strain your GPU and lead to issues like screen flickering and other performance errors. To disable hardware acceleration follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open Google Chrome and click on the Menu (triple vertical dots) icon.

Step 2: In the drop-down menu, click on the Settings option.

Step 3: Click on the System option from the settings menu on the left side of the screen and then turn off the toggle beside Use hardware acceleration when available.

Disable smooth scrolling

The smooth scrolling flag in Chrome is another feature that might be causing the screen glitching. It may appear harmless but enabling it can cause issues with the GPU and result in screen glitching while scrolling. To disable screen scrolling follow the steps below.

Step 1: Type chrome://flags in the address bar and then hit Enter.

Step 2: On the next screen, type smooth scrolling in the search bar and then click on the option beside smooth scrolling and select the Disabled option.

Step 3: Click on the Relaunch button located at the bottom of the screen.

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