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03-29-2017

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2020-09-23, 8:55 AM

Ok. In that case I can confirm that this issue does not exist on my config.

 

  • i7 10850H
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09-25-2020

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2020-09-25, 12:44 PM

I have the same problem (when running with the power cable plugged in, didn't test it on battery yet). It's like Nikoerlas described: like a blink with the eye.

Configuration: NVIDIA GPU, 500nits FHD, i7-10750H CPU, 32GB Ram, Win 10 Pro, all newest updates and drivers installed.

 

However, I found a workaround which works until the system is rebooted:

1. Open Intel Graphics Command Center

2. Go to 'System'

3. Open the 'Power' tab

4. Disable 'Panel Self Refresh' (shown under 'On Battery' tab). Even when it is already disabled, enable it and disable again.

Result: flickering issue is resolved.

 

As I said, this works for me until the system is rebooted. After a reboot, you have to repeat the steps.

 

It seems like a driver problem and not hardware related.

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2020-09-25, 13:06 PM

I agree... sounds like a driver issue... and you are suspiciously having the exact same configuration.

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09-19-2020

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2020-09-25, 20:27 PM

I posted earlier in this thread and I have not seen the blinking again ever since I turned off both "Panel Self Refresh" and "Extend Battery Life for Gaming" (as I said in an earlier post).

 

In my case I was seeing it only on battery, not when when plugged in.

 

I mostly run my laptop plugged in though but the problem was frequent enough that I should have seen it the times it was not plugged in if it was still present after turning off both "Panel Self Refresh" and "Extend Battery Life for Gaming".

 

My configuration

 

 

NVIDIA GPU

500 nits FHD

i7-10850H CPU with VPro

32GB Ram

Win 10 Pro

 

(I was tempted by the UHD screen but did not go with it because it is apparently very power hungry... While I mostly use the laptop plugged in I want good run times when on battery...)

 

So I have something in between some of the configurations posted earlier...

 

I have a question... Those of you seeing it very frequently, do you still see it when you use an external monitor or is the problem only on the laptop monitor?

 

To me the screen blinking looked something similar to the refresh rate being changed on an older non LCD monitor...

 

Nick

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2020-09-28, 7:38 AM

I use an external monitor (attached to a USB-C dock) as my primary monitor and the laptop monitor as a secondary. The blinking only appears on the laptop monitor.

But I think this is because the external monitor is connected to the Nvidia GPU (reported by Windows under 'Advanced display settings').

 

I'm currently running it on battery to see if it also happens when running on battery. Currently, I've only seen the problem when it's plugged in. I'll update this post later when I have the results.

 

Update: Haven't seen the screen flicker while running it on battery power. It started flickering again as soon I plugged it in.

 

Update 2: Suddenly the 'Plugged in' section in the 'Intel Graphics Command Center' (version 1.100.2765.0) is available. It wasn't there last week and I didn't update anything. But now I can disable 'Panel Self Refresh' for 'Plugged in' mode too. I hope this resolves the problem.

 

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10-04-2020

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2020-10-04, 6:00 AM

Same issue here guys.

 

I applied a lot of the updates and followed instructions by Lenovo. Reduced the frequency but still happens.

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2020-10-04, 14:35 PM

I gave up trying to fix this issue on my Gen2 with the 500nit 1080p display. The only fix that I could find was to disable the Intel HD in BIOS. This also was the only way to get 500nits out of it. While on Intel HD, the brightness was noticeably dimmer and it would randomly flicker.

 

Gen3 owners, have you tried setting graphics to discrete / NVIDIA only in the BIOS? Yes it sucks for battery life, but I'm curious if Lenovo STILL hasn't fixed the issue.

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10-07-2020

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2020-10-10, 20:08 PM

Got the same problem even after FULL reinstall all new drivers / different drivers it just randomly blinks at random times plugged in and on battery super annoying for such an expensive pc! Also usb C hdmi doesn't work

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2020-10-14, 6:10 AM

I also have the blinking screen issue on my new X1E gen3 I received at the beginning of October. FHD-500 nit display.

Reinstalling everything back to factory, and it happens less, but is still there. Disabling options in the Intel settings as mentioned fixes it, until I reboot.

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04-04-2021

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Re:X1 Extreme Gen 3 Blinking Screen Issue!!!!

2021-04-04, 10:41 AM

Same issue happened on my 500-nit, 1080p, 10885H Gen3. I was just tired of reconfiguring the intel graphics settings after every reboot. I turned to disable the iGPU in BIOS and only use the nvidia gpu now. 

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