As an owner of a computer monitor, I have been frustrated by the occasional green hue that appears on my screen. After much research and testing, I believe I have found the cause of this issue, and I am here to share my findings and other solutions with anyone else who has encountered this problem. In this blog post, I will explain why my monitor screen is green and how to fix it.
The issue is usually caused by a damaged cable within your PC that displays other colors such as red or green. Luckily, the issue is solvable and involves replugging some cables.
|Unplugged or Damaged Cables||Cables connecting the colors blue and red are not properly plugged in or damaged.||Inspect and realign the pins; replace the VGA cable if needed; consider using HDMI or DVI.|
|Monitor Settings Need Reconfiguration||Color settings on the monitor have been accidentally altered.||Reset color settings to default or equalize the red, green, and blue levels.|
|Overworked Graphic Driver||Graphic driver is lagging due to heavy workload.||Restart the graphic driver by pressing the Windows button, Ctrl, Shift, and B keys.|
|Hardware Acceleration Issue||Load on the GPU has been transferred to the monitor’s display, causing a green hue.||Disable hardware acceleration in the monitor’s settings.|
Reason #1: Unplugged Cables
Typically, monitors use the primary red, blue, and green colors to display their imaging. The monitor’s cable plays a critical role in connecting the graphic chip and screen.
In other words, the graphic card transmits color data which translates to the physical image on your screen. Now, since your screen is green, then chances are the cables connecting the colors blue and red are not properly plugged in.
For this reason, you only need to double-check whether the cables connecting to the monitor are correctly plugged in.
In addition to this, each of the cables connecting the graphic chip to the screen contains pins responsible for transferring colors. If the pins aren’t functioning, then the cable is likely damaged and needs repair.
How to Fix Cable Issue
Fortunately, several fixes can help you get your screen back to normal. Here are a couple of them below.
- Inspect Your Cable
First off, you’ll want to shut down the computer and reach out to the back of it. Try to locate the VGA cable. Remove it by unscrewing the two pins on each of its sides. Inspect the cable’s mouth for any rusting and scuff it off with a screwdriver.
Look inside the cable and realign the pins if they’re bent out of shape. We suggest using a small flat screwdriver.
You’ll want to take extra caution in this step since they can be fragile and you don’t want to break them. Now, if the pins are already broken, then you’ll likely need to repurchase another VGA cable.
Once you’re done, replug the cable back into your monitor and make sure it’s securely screwed in there. In addition to this, make sure the other end also gets the same inspection and fix if needed.
- Consider Changing the Cable Type
Rather than rely on a VGA cable, you can try to use an HDMI port instead if your PC is compatible with it.
Alternatively, you can go for a DVI cable instead. It offers sharper imaging than VGA options, plus it can transmit analog and digital signals to your monitor.
Reason #2: Monitor Settings Need to be Reconfigured
Monitors consist of several screen features such as brightness, contrast, and, most importantly, color.
Consequently, the monitor’s color settings may have been accidentally tampered with and strayed from their default setting.
How to Change Color Settings on Monitor
- Navigate to your monitor’s menu and select the “Image” option.
- Find the “Color Temperature” or “Color Management” setting.
- Then, go to custom settings to manually change the monitor’s color visibility.
- You’ll find three different vertical slider options for red “R,” green “G,” and blue “B.”
- Equalize the three colors to the same level or set it to default.
Reason #3: Overworked Graphic Driver
If the issue isn’t coming from your cable or pins, then it might be rooted in your graphic driver. If it’s too overworked, it can end up lagging in function.
The best course of action is to simply restart the graphic driver. You’ll need to click on the windows button, “Ctrl,” “Shift,” and the “B” key. You can expect the monitor to blink or beep in the restart process.
Reason #4: Hardware Acceleration Issue
The hardware acceleration is mainly tasked with decreasing too much load on your Graphic Processing Unit (GPU).
Now, this load can be transferred to your monitor’s display, in turn, making it malfunction and turn green. To deal with this issue, you can turn the hardware accelerator off by following the steps below.
How to Turn off Hardware Accelerator
- Go to the monitor’s “Settings.”
- Navigate to “System” then “Display.”
- Choose “Graphics.”
- Select “Change default graphics settings”
- Under “Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling” disable the setting.
Why is my monitor screen green? In short, the green screen could be caused by your cable plugs either being unplugged or faulty. Plus, the pins in the cable’s mouth may also be broken or bent.
Additionally, the issue could come from the monitor’s color settings deviating from the default option. The good news is that these issues are easily solvable.
For instance, you may just need to buy another cable, reset your graphic driver, or reset your color settings to default. If the problem persists, then you can always resort to professional help from a nearby computer repair store.