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[Solved] Monitor Display Screen Tearing and Refresh Rate Stuttering when Gameplay

Problem: Screen tearing is where monitor shows display from multiple frames in a single screen draw usually occurs when the video which is fed into the system is not in sync with the display’s refresh rate especially when gameplay. Below are some workaround may improve or resolve screen tearing problem.

Screen Tearing gameplay

Content Summary

Solution 1: Change Resolution and Refresh Rate
Solution 2: Enable or Disable NVIDIA VSync
Solution 3: Disable Game-mode
Solution 4: Disable full-screen optimization
Solution 5: Check Graphics Drivers
Other Solution

Solution 1: Change Resolution and Refresh Rate

Step 1: Press Windows + S to launch Search application.

Step 2: Type resolution in the dialogue box and open the application.

Step 3: Once in Settings, select Advanced display settings.

Step 4: Select the option Display adapter properties for Display 1.

Step 5: Click on List All Modes present in the tab Adapter.

Step 6: Change to different resolutions present according to hardware specifications.

Step 7: Press OK each time, check if they make a difference.

Step 8: Restart computer after changed the settings.

Solution 2: Enable or Disable NVIDIA VSync

Step 1: Go to NVIDIA Control Panel.

Step 2: Navigate to 3D Settings > Manage 3D settings.

Step 3: Click on Global Settings tab present at the right side of the screen.

Step 4: Click on Vertical Sync.

Step 5: Now you can turn it either on or off accordingly.

Step 6: Save changes and exit.

Note: For AMD users, there an option of Wait for Vertical Refresh. Change the option to Always on.
Note: There were also cases where setting VSync to Adaptive solves the problem.

Solution 3: Disable Game-mode

Step 1: Press Windows + S, type settings in the dialogue box and open the application.

Step 2: Click on Gaming.

Step 3: Click on Game bar present at the left side of the navigation bar.

Step 4: Turn the option Record game clips, screenshots, and broadcast using Game bar to off.

Step 5: Select Broadcasting and turn the option Record audio when I broadcast to off.

Step 6: Restart computer and try launch your game again..

Solution 4: Disable full-screen optimization

Step 1: Right-click on the game and select Properties.

Step 2: Click on Compatibility and check the option Disable fullscreen optimizations.

Step 3: Press Apply to save changes and exit.

Step 4: Restart your computer and try launching the game.

Note: If you are using Steam, you can try settings the launch options -windowed -noborder.

Solution 5: Check Graphics Drivers

Step 1: Boot into safe mode, press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc in the dialogue box and press Enter.

Step 2: Navigate to device manager, locate NVIDIA hardware, right-click it and select Uninstall device.

Step 3: Reboot computer.

Step 4: If the default drivers not install automatically, right-click on any empty space and select Scan for hardware changes.

Other Solution

1. Search online for the latest driver available for hardware from the manufacturer’s official website.

2. Let Windows install the latest version.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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