Many people have been reporting screen tears on their computers lately. They have this problem while playing games or watching videos, and some have it all over the place.

Why does my screen tear?

One common reason is that your computer is displaying more video frames than your monitor can hold. For example, if your monitor uses a fixed refresh rate of 60 Hz (refreshes every 1/60th of a second), outputting video at a higher frame rate may be uncoordinated with your monitor. Then multiple frames will display on your screen at once, which is a tearing screen problem.

Another possible cause is a problem with your device drivers. Incorrect or outdated drivers may have caused the problem.

How to fix a torn screen?

Try out this advice:

  • Update the date of your drivers.
  • Turn on V-Sync.

Method 1: Update your drivers

Your monitor screen can tear up if your device drivers, especially the video card driver, are wrong or outdated. Therefore, you should update your drivers to see if that solves your problem. If you do not have the time, patience or skill to update your drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the right drivers for it. You do not need to know exactly what system your computer is running on, you do not have to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you do not have to worry about installation errors.

You can automatically update your drivers with the FREE or Pro version of Driver Easy. However, with the Pro version, only two steps are required (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install the driver. Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and find any problematic drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to each driver to automatically download and install the correct version of that driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Alternatively, click Update all download and install automatically any drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you will be prompted to update when you click “Update All”).

Method 2: Enable V-Sync

V-Sync can limit the frame rate of your video output to 60 FPS (frames per second), which is appropriate for your monitor’s 60 Hz refresh rate. Enabling V-Sync can be an effective solution on many computers that suffer from screen tearing.

You can enable V-Sync in your game graphics settings if you have a problem playing a game.

You can also enable it on your video card settings. This process may vary depending on the graphics card you are using. However, usually you need to open the video card control panel on your computer. The following shows how to enable V-Sync on NVIDIA, Intel and AMD video cards.

For NVIDIA users:

Open the NVIDIA Control Panel and click Manage 3D Settings. Then click the dropdown menu next to Vertical Sync and select On or Adaptive.

Adaptive V-Sync is the more recommended option. The reason is that it can also prevent screen stuttering, a problem that often occurs when V-Sync is working.

For Intel Graphics Users:

1) Open the Intel HD Graphics Control Panel and click 3D.

2) Click Custom Settings. Then under Vertical Sync, click Driver Settings or ON. Then click Apply.

For AMD graphics users:

Open Radeon Software, go to Games> 3D Application Settings/Global Graphics. Then set the Wait for Vertical Refresh to Always On.

How to adjust this setting may be different, depending on your Radeon Software Version.

After turning off V-Sync, check to see if your monitor screen returns to normal.

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