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How to Fix Screen Dims Issue when Playing Games in Full Screen

A lot of gaming enthusiasts have recently come up with an issue where their monitor brightness dims while playing games in full-screen mode. The screen, whether dims or gets completely black, making it difficult and even impossible to navigate for the user.

There could be multiple reasons for the screen dimming issue while playing games in full-screen mode. However, we have researched and compiled an array of solutions for the same. Have a look down below in the article and then proceed further.

List of Workarounds for the “Screen Dims Issue when Playing Games in Full Screen.”

Before you jump into the full-fledged fixes, consider using our quick workarounds:

  • Disable and Enable the graphics card in the Device Manager and check whether it helps.
  • Press Windows, Control, Shift, and B altogether and restart the graphics driver.
  • Unplug your charger from the computer, launch the game, and plug back the charger again.
  • Disable HDR and check whether it helps.
  • Disable the Free Sync and check whether it helps.
  • Use another display port or cable and check whether it helps.

Disable the Windows Game Mode and Game Bar

When Windows Game Mode or Game Bar is hindering the operation of games, it turns the computer screen go dim or completely black at times. Here the easiest solution is to disable the Windows Game Mode and Game Bar. For doing so, follow the steps given below:

  • Firstly, launch the Settings App by pressing Windows + I altogether.
  • Now on the next screen, navigate to the Gaming section and there disable the Game Bar.
  • Now navigate to the Game Mode tab and then disable Game Mode.
  • Once done, check whether the Screen Dims issue got resolved or if it persists.
  • However, if not resolved, navigate to the Home screen of the Settings App and click on System.
  • Here disable Night Light.

Finally, check for improvements.

Disable Dynamic Back Light Control in the BIOS Settings

When the dynamic back light control of the system’s BIOS is kicking while in Gaming, it can trigger the Screen Dimming issue as well. Here disabling the Dynamic Back Light Control in the BIOS Settings may resolve the issue. Follow the steps given below in order to complete the process.

  • Firstly, Boot your system into the BIOS setting.
  • Now navigate to the left-pane menu and expand Video.
  • Further, for the Dynamic Backlight Control option (in the right-pane menu), select the circular button for Disabled and then save your changes.
  • Lastly, Boot your system into Windows and then check for improvements.

Use a Custom Screen Resolution and Refresh Rate

As per a lot of suffered users, improper configuration of the screen resolution & refresh rate was found responsible for the Screen Dimming issue. Here we recommend you to use Custom Screen Resolution and Refresh Rate and check whether it helps or not. For doing so, follow the steps given below:

  • Firstly, right-click on the desktop and select Graphics Properties from the Context menu.
  • Navigate to Display and then select Custom Resolution. Here if you receive a warning, click on Yes.
  • Now enter the Height, width, and Refresh Rate of the resolution (for height and width; type values of the default resolution, and for refresh rate; type 59Hz).
  • Save the changes and then check for improvement.

If the screen dimming issue still persists, then type 60Hz for Refresh Rate and check whether it helps or not.

Edit the Monitor Settings

When the Monitor Settings aren’t configured in the right manner, it can create Screen Dimming issues while playing games. Here the best solution you can try is to edit the Monitor Settings and check whether it helps or not.

NOTE: Monitor settings might differ from device to device; thus, find the most suitable setting in your monitor’s menu.

Disable Magic Bright in Samsung TV Settings

Disabling the Magic Bright in Samsung TV Settings helps in resolving the Screen Dims Issue when Playing Games. Follow the steps given below and check whether it works in your case or not.

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  • Firstly, open the OSD menu of your monitor and then select Picture.
  • Now disable Magic Bright and then set a custom brightness level.
  • Exit the window and check whether it has resolved the Screen Dim issue or not.
  • However, if not, again launch the OSD menu and then select System.
  • Now click on the Reset all option and then confirm your action to reset the monitor.

Once done, check whether it resolved the issue or not.

Disable ASCR (ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio) in the Monitor Settings

To disable ASCR in the monitor settings, follow the steps given below:

  • Firstly, open the OSD menu of your monitor and then select Image from the left-pane menu.
  • Now on the right-pane menu, disable ASCR and check whether it helps or not.

Disable Smart Contrast in the Monitor Settings

Disabling the Smart Contrast in the Monitor Settings has been proved solution for quite a lot of suffered users. Here you can also try the same. For doing so, follow the steps given below:

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  • Firstly, open the OSD menu of your monitor and then select Picture tab.
  • Now navigate to SmartContrast (or Dynamic Contrast) and then toggle off its dedicated switch.
  • Once done, check whether it has helped in resolving the said issue or not. If not, then change the Preset mode of the monitor from Gaming to a different one and check if it shows any improvement.

Edit the Graphics Control Panel Settings

Wrongly configured Graphics Control Panel Settings is another reason for screen dimming issues when playing games on full screen. Here edit the Graphics Control Panel Settings and check for improvements.

Disable Power Saving in Intel Graphics Control Panel

The screen dimming issue when playing games on full Screen can also get trigger if the power-saving feature of the Intel Graphics Control Panel of your system is enabled. Here disabling it might solve the screen dimming issue. For doing so, follow the steps given below:

Note: In case your system does not have Intel Graphics Control Panel, then consider installing the Microsoft Store App of Intel Graphics Command before you proceed further.
  • Firstly, right-click on the desktop and select Graphics Properties from the Context menu. It will launch the Intel Graphics Control Panel.
  • Now inside the newly opened window, click on Power and then select Maximum Performance.
  • Now click on the Battery tab (on the left-pane menu) and then again select Maximum Performance.
  • Further, under the Extended Battery Life for Gaming section, click on Disable, and under the Disable Power Saving Technology, click on Disable
  • Save the changes and check whether it has helped in resolving the said issue or not.

Set the Dynamic Range to Full in the Nvidia Control Panel

You can also Set the Dynamic Range to Full in the Nvidia Control Panel and check for improvement. This solution has worked for a lot of users, and we hope it will work in your case as well. Follow the steps given below,

  • Firstly, launch the Nvidia Graphics Control Panel and then select the Change Resolution option from the left-pane menu.
  • Now in the right-pane menu, make sure the required Display is selected.
  • Further in the Apply the Following Settings section set the Output Dynamic Range to Full.
  • Now again, on the left-pane menu, under Video, select Adjust Video Color Settings and then make sure that the proper Display is selected in the right-pane menu as well.
  • Select the radio button before the option With the Nvidia Settings and then navigate to the Advanced tab.
  • Here set the Dynamic Range to Full and then untick the checkbox for the option Dynamic Contrast Enhancements.
  • Lastly, apply the changes and restart your computer.

Disable Vari-bright in AMD Radeon Settings

Disabling the Vari-bright in AMD Radeon Settings has been a proven solution for some of the suffered users, and thus we recommend you to try the same. For doing so, follow the steps given below:

  • Firstly, launch AMD Radeon Settings and then navigate to Display.
  • Here disable Vari-bright by turning off the toggle button and then reboot your computer.
  • Lastly, check whether the Screen dimming issue got resolved or not.

Use Sony Vaio Control Center

  • Firstly, launch Sony Vaio Control Center and then navigate to the Image Quality tab from the left-pane menu.
  • Now on the right-pane menu, toggle off the switch under the Display Brightness section.
  • Finally, restart your computer and check for improvements.

Use the Alienware AlienFX Editor

  • Firstly, expand the system tray and then right-click on the Alienware AlienFX Editor icon.
  • Here tick the checkboxes for the option Dim Lighting Zones and Keep Status Zones on During Go Dark.
  • Finally, check for improvements.

Clean Boot Your PC and Disable/Remove the Problematic Applications

At times some dedicated application on your system interferes with the operation of the games and triggers the screen dimming issues. Here the most suitable solution you can try is to clean boot your PC and then Disable or Remove that Problematic Application. For doing so,

  • Firstly, Clean Boot your PC and then check for any improvement.
  • Now, if there are any applications that were disabled during the Clean Boot process, consider enabling them one after the other until you find the problematic one.
  • Once you find the problematic application, disable or even uninstall it at once. In case you cannot remove or uninstall the process, you can End that task from the Task Manager window during the gameplay.

However, for a clean uninstall, we recommend you to use dedicated software that not just removes the application but also clears all the files and folders associated with that.

Disable the Profiles Feature in the Antivirus Settings

Not only the regular applications and programs, but your third-party antivirus can also interfere with the operation of the games and triggers screen dimming issues. Here it is advisable to disable the Profiles Feature in your dedicated Antivirus Settings and check whether it helps or not.

Roll Back, Update or Reinstall the Graphics Driver

Outdated, corrupt, or incompatible Graphic drivers can also trigger the Screen Dims Issues when playing games in full-screen mode. Here rolling back, updating, or reinstalling the Graphics Driver might help. To check whether this solution proves successful for you or not, follow the steps given below:

To Rollback the Graphic Driver:

  • Firstly, right-click on the Windows icon of the display bar and then select Device Manager from the context menu.
  • Inside the Device Manager window, expand Display Adapters, right-click on your Graphics device and then select Properties.
  • Now inside the Properties window, navigate to the Driver tab and then click on the Roll Back Driver tab. Follow the on-screen instructions in order to complete the process.
  • Once done, restart your computer and check for improvements.

To Update the Graphic Driver:

  • Either, install all the available updates for Windows. Make sure there’s no pending update left. Once done, restart your computer and check for improvements.
  • Or update the system’s drivers. Further, ensure that you check the OEM website for the updated drivers, and in case the OEM has an update utility (for example, Dell Support Assistant or Nvidia GeForce Experience), then consider using that utility for updating the driver.
  • Once the drivers are updated, check for improvement.

To Reinstall the Graphics Driver:

Note: Before you begin, make sure you have downloaded the latest version of the Graphic driver from the OEM  website.

  • Now launch the Device Manager window, expand Display Adapters, right-click on your graphics device and then click on Uninstall Device.
  • On the next prompt, tick the checkbox for the option Delete the Driver Software for This Device and then click on Uninstall. Follow the prompts in order to complete the process and then restart your computer.
  • Once the system restarts, if your Windows will install the graphics driver by default. Here check whether the said issue got resolved or not.
  • However, if it isn’t installed by default, you can still install the latest Graphics driver manually.

We hope that this elaborated article will surely help our users in resolving the Screen Dims Issue when Playing Games on Full Screen. We have made sure to incorporate multiple fixes so that all our users can get one or the other helpful solution for the said issue.

At last, we hope that the above-mentioned information will prove helpful and relevant for you. If you have any queries or feedback, please write down the comment in the below comment box.

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