- 10-28-2012, 02:26 AM #1
The brightness on my surface occasionally flickers a bit and it's getting annoying. I did already disable the automatic brightness adjusting setting so it shouldn't be adjusting it's brightness anymore. I'm starting to think it's a hardware/display issue.
Is anyone else having this issue?
- 10-30-2012, 10:42 PM #8
- 10-30-2012, 11:18 PM #9
Even with auto brightness off, there is some slight flickering when scrolling around. I just noticed this today, and it's extremely subtle, but it's definitely flickering still. I find it's most notable in the "All Apps" section when scrolling back and forth, and the Photos app.
- 10-31-2012, 06:48 AM #11
Even with auto off I see flickering at the lowest brightness level on a Vivo RT...
Update: Did some research it seems many LCD monitors use flickering of the illumination LEDs to effectively lower the brightness. It can be more noticeable on some compared to others. So that is something that will not likely change.
I also think the Asus model or Win RT in general is apply some power saving technique to based on what is on the display. I notice the backlight changes based on content. Hopefully their is a way to turn that off.
Last edited by Pioneer77; 10-31-2012 at 10:54 AM.
- 10-31-2012, 11:58 PM #12
11-01-2012, 05:21 AM #13
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Yeah I just fixed mine with turning auto brightness off. I like to manually control it anyways, since the control is so easy to access. I have had some flickering issues with some apps, I obviously is a software issue, I'm 100% sure MS will fix these things in a patch that will come soon. They fixed that flash/youtube problem in what like 2 weeks?
- 11-05-2012, 02:32 PM #14
My phone has a terrible camera so it isn't crystal clear, but here's a video of the dynamic contrast fail microsoft seems to have built into the surface, when i bring up the task bar in IE the entire screen brightens as the other tabs make it brighter than the rest of the screen, when i remove it the screen dims
- 11-09-2012, 08:35 PM #15
I fixed it. You have to turn off "adaptive brightness" in the desktop mode control panel.
Adjust Screen brightness
Change plan settings
Change advanced settings
Display > Enable adaptive brightness >
Turn it off for On battery and Plugged in.
Once I performed this, it carries over to Metro as well. No more dimming or random brightness adjusting.
11-14-2012, 02:45 PM #19
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You have to go into computer display settings and manually turn off some dimming features that still persist in the sleep and other settings. Because it will auto dim and things start conflicting I think. So just go into display setting in desktop mode and just turn them all off, that fixed it for me. Honestly battery life still lasts me the whole day, just adjust the brightness manually since it is so easy to access from the charms bar.
- 11-15-2012, 01:47 PM #20
We have turned all the dimming options off in the desktop power settings, dynamic contrast is different, not related to the dimming options which use the external sensors and impossible to turn off. I have another thread going @ the official MS support forums where a rep has confirmed it is a problem, and they're looking into it, but no solution/final answer as of yet. I've also gone to an ms pop up store and verified that every surface does it, if you can't see it I dunno what to tell you, you either keep the brightness cranked to the max at all times where it's not noticeable or just don't pay attention to the brightness
edit: microsoft thread http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/s...b-3be74fdfbd11
Last edited by taliosfalcon; 11-15-2012 at 01:56 PM.
03-13-2013, 01:24 PM #21
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i have this too, at first i thought it was just me, but every time i scroll the brightness goes up down by maybe 5% or so its VERY annoying, first thing i did was turn off the auto brightness, it was pretty bad anyway, but it did not do anything. also tried looking at the power option nothing either. But by the looks of it i'm not the only one.
Also as far as i can tell it's only noticeable under 40% brightness, but i always use it in my dark bedroom, and prefer to have it on max 20%.
- 03-15-2013, 01:17 PM #22
I know people here are mainly talking about the RT and this may not be help to them. But for anyone looking up this issue with the Surface Pro I was able to fix it permanently! :)
So the issue appears to be the Intel HD 4000 implementing 2 forms of battery saving contrast adapting. But we have no ability to change these settings by default.
So first of all make sure your dynamic brightness is turned off in your PC Settings and/or battery plan. Then...
Go Intel's site and download and then install the latest driver for the Intel HD Graphics 4000.
I believe this is the correct link -
This should give you access to the Intel Graphics and Media Control panel when you right click and select Graphics Properties from the desktop.
Select ADVANCED MODE
GOTO > MEDIA > IMAGE ENHANCEMENT and disable "Adaptive Contrast Enhancement"
Then GOTO > POWER > Change POWER SOURCE to "On Battery" and make sure "Display Power Saving Technology" is disabled (that is unchecked).
Click APPLY and viola no more dynamic contrast annoyances!
03-16-2013, 07:00 AM #23
- 19 Posts
This issue has been bugging me as well, I'll share my observations:
- This appears to be triggered when switching from A/C to battery or vice versa
- Resetting the device temporarily solves the problem
- Disabling/enabling the display adapter temporarily solves the problem (but likely to cause BSOD)
- Changing adaptive brightness/power/dimming settings does not fix anything
So far the best temporary fix I've found is to set the brightness to 100%, then unplug and reconnect the power cable. Hopefully this works for you too.