Solved: The flashing screen on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro

Posted: April 7, 2018 in Misc
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The Yoga 2 Pro from Lenovo (Model# 20266) has a known issue with constant flashing that doesn’t stop unless you close the lid or shut down the system. The flashing didn’t start until I upgraded from 8.1 to Windows 10 (Home & Pro).

Well, after intense research for over 2 years, I’ve finally figured it out. Here are the magic steps:

  • Run the Intel HD Graphics utility (GfxUIEx.exe) as an Administrator (or it will crash). You can do this by either one of the following:
    • From the Windows menu (Press the Windows logo on your keyboard and type “GfxUIEx.exe”. Then right click to Run As Administrator.
    • From CMD.exe, run this command (runas /user:Administrator GfxUIEx.exe). Then you will have to enter the admin’s password.
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    After you open the Intel HD Graphics Utility, do the following:

    • Click on Display -> Change the Refresh Rate to 48p Hz -> Click APPLY
    • Click on Power -> On Battery -> disable the “Panel Self-Refresh” option -> Click APPLY

 

Updating the BIOS, and all other drivers updates didn’t really make a difference. All you have to do is apply the steps above and your problem should be solved. Next time you wanna buy a device, make sure you buy reliable hardware 🙂

 

 

Comments
  1. Kaz says:

    I tried it all… drivers, power settings bla bla bla……… none of them provided any reasonable benefits.

    I know many people had success with these soft options but I did not. I finally broke down and chased an option someone had suggested somewhere about a loose ground. So…. I opened the bottom of the laptop, reset all the connectors and tightened all the screws. Then I did the same with the screen. I released it from the top cover, and tightened the screws and pushed down on all the connectors. It worked, no more flickering, no more “noise” in the screen ( white dithering on black screen ).

    I don’t know if this is your issue if you’re still searching but I was at my wits end with this and starting to contemplate sending it in for repair. I’d give it a shot if I were you if you’re still hunting. There are plenty of videos online on how to take the bottom and top off the laptop. You’ll need a #5 Torx driver (get more than one as they’re all flimsy).

    Good luck….

  2. Jack says:

    I was ready to throw out my PC until I came across your post. Thank you very very much for this, it is much appreciated!

  3. Susan H says:

    Thank you! I was also ready to throw my laptop into a creek, but this post seems to have fixed the flashing. Hooray!

  4. Lincoln Haiti says:

    Thank you very much. It works for me.

  5. Girts says:

    dalo835, I don’t know how did you find it out, but it’s ingenious fix, why not to try to sell it to Lenovo?

  6. shafayat says:

    how can i follow the steps even though my display does not stay more than 3 seconds ..after facing the same problem for long time now my display does not show anything except some scratch line on middle of the display.

  7. Carmen says:

    I tried to change the refresh rate to 48 within the normal settings but 60 was the only option, so I went to the custom resolutions tab. Regardless of what resolution I input, it tells me “The custom resolution exceeds the maximum bandwidth capacity”. Any idea what I’m doing wrong here?

  8. Ricard B says:

    Thank you so much! It worked for me after several years looking for a solution to this horrible problem, I was about to throw it away! Really appreaciate it.

  9. Heron Free says:

    Dude you’re a totally lifesaver! Thanks for the post and all the work. Very appreciative of finally having this issue permanently resolved.

  10. Rodney says:

    I have seen (and tried) 50 or more “fixes” for this problem from various on-line forums (uninstall/reinstall drivers; install programs; uninstall other programs; tweak every setting known to mankind – but whenever on battery, the flicker made the computer unusable). Like others, I was almost to the point of retiring my Lenovo Yoga II Pro.

    This fix worked instantly.

    I do not know why such a major glitch has such a difficult find to locate a genuine fix. But you did it.

    I would like to take you to a pub and buy you a pint or two for saving this little machine.

    Great job.

    Thank you.

  11. paula oakes says:

    THANK-YOU!! I made the changes and the problem is FINALLY fixed. I really appreciate your tenacity! Lenovo was useless.

  12. Bruce says:

    Thanks for this solution! I had been booting Ubuntu off USB to avoid this horrible issue but now I can use windows again on my old Lenovo yoga 2 pro.

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