What Is Pixel Inversion Or Pixel Walk? (Answered)

If you have ever seen an image or even an icon stuck to the display of your monitor, you could be dealing with pixel inversion or pixel walk. The issue refers to the voltages from your device and how this would affect the performance or setup of your display.

Pixel inversion happens due to the change of voltages in the display. This often happens when the voltages change from positive to negative on the display system. If the voltages do not work correctly, you might have artifacts or specific icons that remain stuck on your system and make it hard to see.

Pixel inversion is not something you always need to be worried about, but it is something that could be frustrating to deal with if you notice it. For the most part, your LCD would alternate between the positive and negative voltages to ensure that these inversions do not occur. If it does, you might notice scan lines and vertical lines, which are accompanied by color distortions.

Is Pixel Inversion Noticeable?

You would never really see pixel walk or pixel inversion. However, there are a few rare cases when watching images or videos that would highlight some of these common issues. If you are using your PC naturally, you should not ever come across some of these potential issues. From what we have seen, the pixel inversion issue is the most common when using a high refresh rate in certain panel monitors.

How Do You Fix Pixel Inversion

Since you might never even notice the issue, you don’t need to worry too much about finding a way to fix it. However, many people are adamant to have the issue resolved. If you have done the tests and you notice some pixel inversion, you can use the following tips to save your monitor from the issue.

  1. Removing adaptive sync
  2. Reset refresh rates after overclocking
  3. Adjust the brightness or sharpness settings
  4. Adjust the response time overdrive setting
  5. Warm up the device before use
  6. Reset the graphic driver
  7. Turn of motion blur reduction

These are some of the common fixes that you can try. However, many experts also suggest that if you sit far away from the display, it won’t be as noticeable. Yes, the problem might still be present, but since you are sitting away from the screen, you won’t be constantly staring at the annoying problem.

As an ultimate solution, you might need to invest in a new or different monitor. As your monitor ages, these artifacts might eventually burn into the display and without the right expertise, it can be very expensive to fix. It is best to replace the monitor if it is older than 10 years, as technology would have rapidly improved to give you much better options.


Pixel walk or inversion is one of the more frustrating aspects you could deal with and you might want to fix this issue if it becomes overbearingly annoying. Fortunately, the issue is very rare and many people might not even notice it. Let us know in the comment section how you often deal with pixel inversion.

This article was last updated on October 24, 2022 .

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