This tutorial was written for all Windows XP users out there who are tired of coming to their computer to find that their screen is somewhat “distorted”. There is a simple way to fix this and it can be completed in just minutes. Read below to find out how you can stop your screen from becoming distorted at times in just minutes.

The first step you must take is one of which will determine whether the source of the distortion is your computer’s display settings or the settings on your monitor itself. To do so we must first try the display settings.


In order to change the display settings you must first open the “Control Panel”, which can be done by clicking the “start” button in the lower left corner of your screen and then clicking the text “Control Panel” like so:

Clicking the start menu - control panel


As you can see in the screenshot of my start menu above, the text “Control Panel” is circled in red. You must click this text, which in turn will make your computer present you with the “Control Panel”, which will appear like so:

Control Panel - display


In the screenshot above is the “Control Panel” window, within is the icon leading to the “Display Properties” window, the “Display” icon is circled in red. You must double-left click the “Display” icon. Once you have double-left clicked the “Display” icon you will be presented with the “Display Properties” window, which will appear like so:

Display properties - settings


Also in the above screenshot is a red circle, which encapsulates the “Settings” tab. You must click the “Settings” tab in order to alter the display settings of your computer. Once you have single-left clicked the “Settings” tab, you will be presented with the window shown below:

Display properties - troubleshoot


In the screenshot above is the “Settings” tab of the “Display Properties” window, which you must now use to access the “Advanced” section. To do so you must click the button marked “Advanced”, which is circled in red. Once you have clicked the “Advanced” button, you will be presented with the window shown below:

Display properties - advanced


You must now click the “Troubleshoot” tab, which is circled in red in the above screenshot. Once you have clicked this tab you will enter the window shown below:

Display properties - troubleshooting


You will notice that the screenshot above depicts the “Plug and Play” window. With this window you must use the slider circled in red in order to attempt to disable particular features on your display options in order to restore a non-distorted state. You will notice a couple lines of text beneath the slider on the right of the text “Hardware acceleration”. You must drag the slider towards the left, towards the text “None” in order to disable certain features. I will shown you in the screenshot below that the text changes depending on how far you slide the slider like so:

Plug and play


As you can see in the screenshot above I have slid the slider one notch to the left and in turn the text below the slider has changed and is now displaying the features that will be disabled when the “Apply” button is clicked. You must slide the slider to the left one notch at a time and click the “Apply” button after each movement. After each movement you must click the “Apply” button and then run a few programs that you would normally experience distortion with and see if the distortion remains. If the distortion remains then slide the slider one more notch to the left, click “Apply” and then retest the programs that would usually cause distortion again. If the distortion persists then slide the slider to the left once more and click the “Apply” button and then retest the program once more. If the problem is fixed then congratulations, you now have no distortion, although if it is not then you may continue to slide the slider to the desired position and click the “Apply” button, or you may proceed to the next method, which is explained below. Additionally you may wish to try checking or removing the check in the checkbox marked “Enable write combining”. Disabling or enabling this feature will deal a different result on every computer, although if you have tried altering the hardware acceleration and you are still experiencing distortion then you may use this at your own risk.


Now on to the other method, which is altering the settings on your monitor in itself. The instructions on how to do so will vary depending on your model, thus I cannot describe here how to change the settings on your monitor as you must refer to the user manual that came with your computer or perhaps another monitor’s manual assuming it is the same model or a similar model to your own. The best I can do in the way of describing how you are to change settings on your monitor is that there should be a series of buttons on the front, top or sides of your monitor that can be used to adjust the settings on your screen. If you are using an older monitor these buttons may be push buttons or more rarely rotating knobs.


You should finally check that the power and video cable connected to the back of your monitor and the back of your computer are connected at both ends properly. Upon checking you must connect all cables at all ends sufficiently.

Congratulations! You have just removed the distortion from your computer’s monitor. Enjoy your newfound hardware troubleshooting knowledge.