How to Fix a Pink Screen on Windows Laptop and PC?

Are you facing an issue of screen defect where your screen turns into pink, black or red in color? Do you want to know how to fix a pink/ black/ red screen in Windows Laptop or PC? Then worry not because here are 8 ways you can try to fix this issue.

Any laptop can face this issue such as an HP, Dell, MacBook, Toshiba, Asus, Acer, Lenovo Sony. The techniques to solve this problem are all the same.

What is a pink screen on your laptop or computer?

All the computers, laptops and mostly all the electronic devices which have a display use an RGB color scheme.

RGB stands for Red, Green, and Blue using which different colors are formed on your screen.

A pink screen is a discoloration in the display and occurs when the pink becomes more prominent.

Pink is formed when the red in the RGB color scheme is at its maximum, green lying somewhere in the middle and blue almost at its maximum.

This pink color sometimes covers the whole display, patches across the display or appears as horizontal, vertical lines running across the display.

What causes a laptop screen to turn into pink?

The causes of the pink screen fall into two categories: hardware and software. To find out if it is hardware or software plug in the laptop to an external screen.

If the external monitor shows any pink hue then it is a software problem if not then it is a hardware problem and something must be wrong with your monitor.

Some of the hardware and software related issues are:

Hardware Software
Faulty monitor Outdated graphic drivers
Drive failure Virus problems
Faulty connections Delete auto-created temp files
Loose cables Illegal softwares installed
GPU Temperature Corrupted softwares and app

How to fix a pink screen on Windows laptop or PC?

Time needed: 8 minutes.

Here are 8 ways using which you can easily fix the pink screen on your laptop.

  1. Factory reset your display settings

    Most of the monitors have a Menu button beside the power button and you can scroll through the options using arrow keys. You can reset it to the factory settings and check whether the pink color has gone.

  2. Restart your laptop

    This is an age-old method we use on almost all electronic devices.
    Restarting your computer or laptop might help you fix the pink screen on your device. This could happen because your hardware and software might not be coordinating well and this issue is fixed when we restart the computer.

  3. Disconnect all the peripherals

    Sometimes your peripherals can cause this problem and to fix this you need to shut down your pc and disconnect all the unwanted peripherals from it.
    And when you turn on your PC, make sure that only your monitor, mouse, and keyboard are connected.

  4. Update your drivers

    If it is a software problem then the very first thing you are supposed to do is update the drivers of your graphic card. To update your drivers you need to follow these steps:
    1. Press Windows Key + X and now choose Device Manager from the list.
    2. Now under Display adapters, you can locate your graphic card.
    3. Right-click on it and select Update Driver.
    4. Now choose Search automatically for updated driver software and follow the instructions to install the latest driver.
    After you have installed the driver restart your computer to check if the problem is still there.
    Sometimes there are no updates available. In this case, you need to visit the official website of your graphics card manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver for your model. Downloading drivers can be a tedious task and hence there is a tool called TweakBit Driver Updater which automatically updates all your drivers with just a single click.

  5. Check recently installed programs

    If you are using any third-party screen-related software you should uninstall it immediately. There have been reports that software such as True Colour causes the pink screen to appear.
    So if you are using this or any such software then make sure you remove it.

  6. Remove auto-created temporary files

    A lot of softwares when uninstalled leaves leftover files and registry entries that can interfere with your system and cause this issue.
    To prevent these issues from causing you, you need to remove all these unwanted files. Since these files are hidden and are not easy to find you should download third-party software to clean up all this mess.
    1. CCleaner– CCleaner is one of the best softwares that removes all the junk files from your PC. An added benefit of using CCleaner is that it can protect your PC from any malware threats.
    2. Systweak Advanced System Optimizer– Another best software to delete all the junk files from your PC is Systweak’s Advanced System Optimizer. It is one of the most affordable and easy-to-use solutions for your Windows PC or laptop that helps remove junk files safely. It has a feature called Game Optimizer which turns your system into a dedicated gaming machine.

  7. Check GPU temperature

    A pink screen sometimes can be an indication of overheating. This can happen when you haven’t cleaned your PC in a while and the dust gets collected on the fans causing your PC to overheat.
    Hence you need to first check if the temperature is the cause of the issue. You can do it by downloading a software called AIDA64 Extreme software.
    It shows all different sorts of useful information about your PC, including both CPU and GPU temperature. Ideal GPU temperature according to different graphic cards is:
    In case you find out that your GPU temperature is above the recommended values then you need to remove all the overclock settings. To remove all the overclock you can watch this video:
    If your GPU temperature isn’t overclocked then you need to open your CPU and clean the dust off.
    If your PC is still under warranty, then it is better to take it to the official repair center since opening your computer case when it is under warranty will void the warranty.

  8. Reinstall softwares and games

    Sometimes when installing any software or game it doesn’t get installed properly due to some corrupt files present in the app. Hence it is advised to reinstall the games and softwares that have a problem when trying to run. Make sure you install the latest version.

Ideal GPU temperature

Nvidia GTX 95095°C / 208.4°F
Nvidia GTX 96098°C / 208.4°F
Nvidia GTX 97098°C / 208.4°F
Nvidia GTX 980 98°C / 208.4°F
Nvidia GTX 980 Ti 92°C / 195.8°F
Nvidia GT 1030 97°C / 206.6°F
Nvidia GTX 1050 97°C / 206.6°F
Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti97°C / 206.6°F
Nvidia GTX 1060 97°C / 201.2°F
Nvidia GTX 1070 94°C / 201.2°F
Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti94°C / 201.2°F
Nvidia GTX 108094°C / 201.2°F
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti91°C / 201.2°F
Nvidia RTX 207089°C / 192.2°F
Nvidia RTX 2080 88°C / 190.4°F
Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti89°C / 192.2°F
Nvidia Titan X 94°C / 201.2°F
Nvidia Titan Xp94°C / 201.2°F
Nvidia Titan V 91°C / 195.8°F
AMD RX 460 64°C / 147.2°F
AMD RX 470 75°C / 221°F
AMD RX 480 80°C / 176°F
AMD RX 560 62°C / 210.2°F
AMD RX 570 74°C / 165.2°F
AMD RX 580 72°C / 206.6°F
AMD RX 590 78°C / 172.4°F
AMD Vega 56 75°C / 167°F
AMD Vega 64 85°C / 185°F
R7 25065°C / 149°F

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Having a pink/ red/ black screen is very annoying and by following the above steps I hope your issue is solved.

If you have any query then do comment down below.

Thank You!!!

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