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When Might an LCD Monitor Experience Distorted Geometry?

Monitors can experience many issues while running, such as image retention, overheating and other problems. One of them is that your product is very high quality and exceptionally well made. Another is that it distorts the geometry of the mirror. You must be wondering When Might an LCD Monitor Experience Distorted Geometry?

We will learn all about Geometry Distortion in monitors here. After reading this post, you will be an expert on the matter and will never again be confused by similar looking shapes on a monitor or other display device.

What is Distorted Geometry on a Monitor?

If you use an LCD monitor, it will likely distort the content on the screen from time to time. It is because LCD monitors use a ‘liquid crystal’ material to produce images on the screen. Liquid crystals are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature and pressure.

One of the reasons this problem occurs is that your monitor cannot display the picture with the highest resolution. Another possible reason is that screen is set to a different resolution than what is supported by PC.

One of two things is true:

  1. Your video card drivers are either corrupt
  2. Your video card’s BIOS is set to an incorrect setting for optimum performance.
  3. Your computer’s GPU/video card/graphics card cannot change the monitor’s geometry anyway.

When Might An LCD Monitor Experience Distorted Geometry? 

An incorrect image on the screen can be caused by the distorted geometry of an LCD monitor. For example, if the user installs the monitor with the wrong orientation or if the monitor is installed backwards with the panel facing upward, this can happen.

The screen on the monitor is not set to the proper resolution, which causes it to experience distorted geometry. In addition, it is experiencing geometry that is not selected at the resolution that is supposed to be in its native configuration. [1]

The phenomenon you are experiencing is not related to your computer’s video card or graphics card. It has nothing to do with your monitor inputs either. Instead, it is most likely caused by the resolution of your screen. 

If you have a high-definition (HD) TV connected to your computer, your screen’s resolution is probably set too low. You need to increase the resolution of your screen to fix this problem.

Is Distorted Geometry Normal?

The phenomenon you are experiencing is normal, and it happens whenever you are using a different screen resolution than the one your monitor was designed for. The solution to this is easy: just change the resolution of your video source (your computer) to match the resolution of your monitor.

How to Fix a Distorted Image on a Monitor?

Luckily, there are several ways you can fix the distorted geometry on your monitor. Two common methods are discussed here. 

Restart Your PC

One of the most common ways is to restart your computer. After you have restarted your computer, the screen resolution will be automatically set to the native screen resolution. Thus, it will fix itself. If you can’t restart using the Windows ‘Restart’ function on your PC due to the lousy monitor, you can use the physical ‘Restart’ button on your PC to do so.

Change the Screen Resolution

The second-best solution for this issue is to change the current screen resolution. However, in this case, you should use the monitor to find the screen resolution settings. Also, it is always better to change the screen resolution to the ‘Recommended’ option or any other lower screen resolution available on the menu. 

Now, let’s learn how to change the screen resolution on both Windows 10 and Windows 7 operating systems, as these are two of the most popular OSs out there. 

How To Change Screen Resolution On Windows 10

  1. First, right-click on the Desktop, and a menu will appear.
  2. Next, from the menu, click on the ‘Display settings’ option.
  3. All the settings related to the ‘Display’ will be opened.
  4. Now, scroll down and click the ‘Display resolution’ option under the Scale and layout field. 
  5. Under the ‘Display resolution’ option, change the current resolution.
  6. So, click on the ‘box’ or ‘down arrow’ with the current resolution written. In doing so, a dropdown list will appear on the screen with many options regarding different resolutions.
  7. Here, click on the word ‘Recommended’ written next to the resolution. It is the monitor’s native resolution. 
  8. After that, a prompt will appear on the screen. Click on the option ‘Keep Changes.’

The resolution has been changed to the native resolution.

How To Change Screen Resolution On Windows 07

  1. Likewise, right-click on the Desktop and click on the ‘Screen resolution option from the overlay menu.
  2. On the display settings page, click on the box next to the option ‘Resolution.’
  3. Various screen resolutions will be displayed.
  4. Scroll down to select different screen resolutions.
  5. Now select the resolution that has ‘(Recommended)’ written next to it.
  6. Click on the ‘OK button.
  7. A warning prompt will appear on the screen. You have three choices:
    1. Cancel out of the process 
    2. Keep the changes 
    3. Don’t make any changes. 
  8. Choose ‘Keep Changes’, and your monitor resolution will revert to the native resolution of your monitor.

Update The GPU Drivers

Another reason for the distortion in your monitor could be that your GPU / video card / VGA card is out-of-date. Make sure you always have the most recent updates for all the programs installed on your computer. It will make your computing experience much more pleasurable.

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Other Methods to fix a distorted display screen

It is not always necessary for a professional to intervene in a distorted monitor or laptop. However, there are several simple ways to fix a problem. You can use the below methods to fix laptop or desktop monitor flashing or distortion issues.

  • Check the computer’s cables and connections.
  • Reset monitor to default
  • Reboot computer
  • Remove all connected devices
  • Push degauss button
  • Adjust screen resolution
  • Update computer drivers
  • Reinstall drivers
  • Replace video card
  • Replace the monitor


Every monitor comes with a native screen resolution. At the same time, it should support a few other screen resolutions lower than its native resolution.

You can easily change the screen resolution of a monitor anytime you want to. Usually, you will have to access the screen resolution settings on the ‘Operating System’. And from there, you can select the appropriate resolution.

We have tried to explain the ‘Geometry Distortion’ phenomenon regarding LCD monitors in this post. Also, we have shared some beneficial information on this very topic.

Hope it helps!

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