Ghosting on a monitor, often known as a screen ghosting, is a problem with a monitor or a display. Your system has nothing to do with it at all. The most common cause of monitor ghosting is when you have a lot of moving graphics on your screen, or if you're moving your mouse fast. You'll probably notice if your monitor is ghosting on your game:
- Blurry trails following moving objects
- Previous image frame remains on your screen for a few seconds when you’ve moved to the next image frame
- Current image is blurry
- Discolored images
You may now be wondering why the ghosting is occurring on your monitor. Ghosting is most commonly visible on LCD monitors; nevertheless, the two primary elements that contribute to ghosting are consistent across all panel types: refresh rate and response time.
To put it another way, the screen refresh rate is the frequency with which your screen displays a new image. For instance, if a monitor has a refresh rate of 60Hz, this indicates that it updates its display 60 times every second.
On the other hand, response time refers to the amount of time that passes between each color transition that a pixel makes. Your monitor's response time will be significantly reduced the more sensitive it is.
It's highly likely that you'll run into problems with screen ghosting if the monitor you're using has a slow refresh rate and a slow reaction time.
There are a number of tests available online that you can use to determine whether or not the ghosting issue exists on your monitor. The UFO Test is by far the most popular tool. If your computer monitor does not have a problem with ghosting, you will get a green signal that says "READY." In that case, you might see an orange signal, which indicates that there is a particular issue with your monitor.
If you've determined what the problem is, the solutions are listed below. You don't have to test out each and every one of them; simply narrow the list down one at a time until you locate the one that works!
1: Check your monitor cable
2: Check other devices connected to your PC
3: Adjust your monitor’s display settings
4: Update your graphics driver
5: Check your video port
In the search bar next to the Start button, type advanced display then click View advanced display info.
You’ll see your monitor’s refresh rate here. If it’s adjustable, you can change it to a higher value via the drop-down menu option.
On Windows 7/8:
Right-click an empty area on your desktop, then click Screen resolution.
Click Advanced settings.
Under the Monitor tab, you can view the refresh rate of your monitor. If your monitor supports variable refresh rates, you can set it to a higher value via the drop down-menu option.
Additional tweaks (Optional)
In addition to response time and refresh rate, you could experiment with other display settings to see if it helps solve the monitor ghosting issue. Make sure to test your monitor’s functionality while adjusting. To make additional tweaks, look for these settings:
Although we explained earlier that screen ghosting is primarily an issue of the monitor, not of GPU, you could still try updating your graphics driver. When you can’t identify what’s causing your monitor to ghost, it’s a good idea to do so since it generally fixes and prevents many display issues, which may include monitor ghosting in your case.
One way to keep your video card driver up-to-date is to manually update it via Device Manager. If Windows suggests your driver is up-to-date, you can still check if there’s a newer version and update it in Device Manager. Go to the manufacturer’s website, and search for the latest correct driver. Be sure to only choose a driver that is compatible with your Windows version.
Automatic driver update – If you don’t have the time, patience, or computer skills to update your driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct driver for your exact video card and your Windows version, then it will download and install them correctly:
Download and install Driver Easy.
Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
Click the Update button next to the flagged graphics card driver to automatically download the correct version of the driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).
Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version which comes with full support and a 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support.
Restart your PC for the new driver to take effect. Check if the monitor ghosting issue has gone. If this doesn’t work in your case, try the last solution.
If the video port of your monitor is faulty, it could probably cause you screen to ghost. We recommend taking your monitor to a local repair store since it’s very difficult to identify the problematic component and replace it. If your monitor is still under warranty, you may also contact the manufacturer for support.
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