Why is My Chromebook Screen Glitching?

January 26, 2024
David Sunnyside

Chromebooks are reliable and efficient laptops, but they can occasionally have glitches that can disrupt their performance. Fortunately, there are some practical solutions for solving your problem.

Start by restarting your device: A simple reboot can often fix minor issues. If it doesn’t, try performing a power wash or factory reset (a last resort).

Update your operating system: Outdated software can cause various hardware and display problems. Check if any updates are available for your Chromebook. Update it over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, avoiding using your cellular data if possible to avoid going over your monthly allotment.

Disconnect external peripherals: Incompatible or malfunctioning accessories can cause erratic behavior on your device. If the issue persists, try unplugging them to see if the problem resolves itself.

Tame the tab herd: Chromebooks typically have small memory capacities, and a large number of open tabs can overload it. Close unused tabs to prevent this from happening.

Turn off smooth scrolling: If your screen is flickering when you scroll, it may be caused by a feature in Chrome that’s not optimized for your device. To disable this feature, go to the Chrome settings and click 'Menu' (triple vertical dots) > 'Settings'. Then, go to 'Advanced settings' and toggle off the 'Use hardware acceleration when available' option.

Attempting these solutions should help you resolve your issue, but if the problem persists, it might be time to consider professional repair. Depending on your warranty and insurance coverage, you can contact the manufacturer or search for local repair services.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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