Those who are regular laptop users may come across a phenomenon named the pink screen. Those who haven’t had the pleasure, consider yourselves the lucky bunch. Because the Pink screen on a laptop is as frustrating as it can get.
But hey, don’t worry. We have the solution. Let’s know all about that annoying pink screen on our favorite laptops.
What is Pink Screen?
Obviously, the Pink screen on our laptop is as an anomaly it is not a normal color for the screen.
Our displays on laptops use the RGB color mixer. It uses the Red, Green, and Blue to bring about all the colors we perceive. It stimulates the cell cones simultaneously and by doing so, it allows us to see the color on the display.
A pink screen comes to be notified when the color Red in the RGB mixer is at the highest level, the color blue is on its way to the maximum point but not quite and the color green remains at medium level. Thus, resulting in the annoying discoloration phen omenon, Pink screen!
It does not always cover the whole display, sometimes it is at some pixels of the display, sometimes they appear as the lines running throughout the display.
Reasons behind the Pink Screen on Laptop
As it is always with our laptops and computers, whatever the problem is it must fall into one of two divisions; Software and Hardware.
The pink screen could be in both categories. The Hardware related problems which could be the reasons behind the pink screen are-
- Defective Monitor
- Flawed Wire connections
- Drive malfunction
- Loosen cables
- The Temperature of GPU
The problems regarding the software portion are-
- Out of date Graphic drivers
- Software installed from unauthorized sources
- Tampered software and apps
The basic rule of thumb is, to fix the problem; we need to find the source of the problems. To ensure where lies the problem, we will use the process of elimination.
First, we can connect our troubled laptop with another external monitor via HDMI cable or the ones are available to us. If the connected external monitor is okay and the display shows the normal color then it is the hardware problem.
If the external monitor shows the same pink display as our laptop in question, then it is the software problem we need to be concerned about.
Fixing the Pink Screen on Laptop
There are different methods of fixing the pink screen on our laptops. Let us have a look at these solutions.
Detaching the Peripherals
Sometimes all those peripherals connected to our laptop can cause the pink screen. So, detaching the peripherals can solve that frustrating problem easily.
Before disconnecting the peripherals, we need to turn off the laptop and Also, we need to do double-check whether only monitor and mouse are connected or not.
Restart the Laptop
We do joke about the phrase ‘Have you tried the on and off method?’ but this age-old joked about method could be pretty handy in pink screen situation.
All those programming running in the background or problem with coordinating might get solved with restarting the laptop clears the ‘head’ of the laptop and thus fixing the pink screen issue.
Updating the Graphics Card
The problem could be with the Graphics card and there is an easy solution to that. Just updating the graphics card can get rid of that pink screen on the laptop.
The steps are pretty much straight forward. Here they are.
- We need to press the Windows button + X simultaneously, and a list will appear. From that list, we need to choose ‘Device Manager’.
- Then we can see an option named, Display Adapters. Below that option, we can find our graphics card
- Then we right-click on our graphics card and there would be the ‘Update Driver’ option. We need to choose that.
- Then we proceed on to choose the ‘Search automatically for updated driver software’.
After installing the updated driver we need to restart the laptop and if the problem lied with the graphics card, it should be solved. If there is still a pink screen, we need to move on to other solutions.
Checking the GPU Temperature
The pink screen which is announcing its irritating presence on our laptop could be the result of overheating.
When it becomes dusty and not cleaned for some time, the fan that was responsible for cooling down the GPU might not work as efficiently, like before. Which may cause the graphics card overheating, resulting in the pink screen.
To determine whether the GPU temperature is above the normal level, we can depend on another app as windows don’t offer the feature.
EVGA’s Precision X1 is something that lets us check the GPU temperature easily enough. We could view the data about GPU either in-app or on the display.
If the GPU temperature is high for its capability, then we need to clean the dust off the internal parts of our laptop and let it breathe easily. This should get the problem fixed if the problem is overheating related.
Deleting Temporary Files
When uninstalled, some software leaves behind auto-created temporary files. These could be the culprit behind the pink screen.
Temp files can be easily cleaned but sometimes they remain hidden. A third-party app can help find those undesirable files and then delete them.
Deleting them may bring back the original color on the display.
Reset Display Settings
Factor resetting can do the trick. We can reset the display in its original setting and it may solve the issue.
Re-installing the Apps
When the installed apps or software comes with tampered with files, it doesn’t get installed as it should have been.
If the recently installed programs are being difficult to run then the missing files or the corrupted files might be the problem and that might cause the pink screen.
So, it is best to re-install that app properly.
Change Connector cable
A faulty connector cable could cause the problem. We can change the connector cable and get a new one and see if it solves the issue or not
If all of those solutions don’t work, it might be the right time to get a new display. If the laptop still has a warranty, the company could fix the problem for us. If not, we have to do the deed.
The pink screen on a laptop that hampers with its optimal performance and it needs to be solved immediately. With the following aforementioned solutions, this problem is easily fixable.