Laptop screen goes off, suspend or sleep randomly? Find the cause – Ultimate guide

Believe me, this is gonna save a lot of your time. I wrote this article because the screen of my laptop was going off randomly. It could have been some driver issue or the display or screen of the laptop was damaged. Or maybe it is the issue with lid closing sensor.

If you know the cause then only you can solve the problem. And finding the cause may be a hard work sometimes. At least it was for me until I found the right lazy solution.

Before that, I restored the system backup of my Windows 10 in hope of solving the problem but It didn’t. I had installed a couple of programs before this problem of the screen going off randomly showed up. So, I had doubts if those programs caused the issue but after restoring the system backup of Windows 10 the doubts vanished.

The problem was still there. It was kind of frustrating when I was playing full-screen games it would go off suddenly and the game would not respond until I paused it by pressing windows key and then resume it.

Recognize the problem:

1. Download and live boot Ubuntu or any other smaller Linux distro.

I’m only providing the guide for live booting Ubuntu here. If you wish to live boot any other Linux distro then you can search for a guide off the internet easily. Ubuntu is preferred since I will be writing on the basis of Ubuntu. (You might find it easier to follow along)

  • Step 1- Download Rufus and make sure your laptop is connected to the internet. Rufus might need to download some stuff off the internet. And then also download the Ubuntu Iso.
  • Step 2- Launch Rufus, click on the disk-like image and then locate the Ubuntu iso file.
  • Step 3- Make sure to select the intended drive by clicking on the drop-down arrow. It should not contain any data you want to keep because you need to format it.
  • Step 4-  Sit back and wait until the burning process is completed and click close. (you’ll know the process is complete if the ready message appears again).
  • Step 5- Reboot your laptop and enter the boot menu and select the USB drive on which you just burned the Ubuntu iso. You can boot into the boot menu by pressing several keys while the computer is starting(different from device to device)

2. Observe what is the behavior of your laptop with the Linux.

In Ubuntu default action associated with the closing of the lid is suspend. But it may be different according to different distros. If you didn’t live boot Ubuntu then go ahead and see what is the default action of lid close in your distro. Try searching for keyword lid and you should most probably find the setting.

Fool around with the distro for a while and try moving the lid. See if your laptop responds as per the action associated with the lid being closed without closing it which in my case is suspended.

3. Conclusion

  • If your laptop responds to the action associated with the lid being closed without closing it then:

It is the problem with your lid. If your laptop has some kind of button in between lid and body then maybe it is giving up.

If your laptop uses a sensor to sense lid closing then it is probably damaged or maybe sometimes you might be triggering the sensor. (Are you wearing magnetic accessory in your hand which rests on top of the sensor?)

This is how you fix it(kind of): Laptop lid is faulty? This is what you do next – ultimate guide

If your laptop is working fine and not falsely responding to lid closing action then:

It is most likely the driver issue try restoring your previous windows backup or reinstall a fresh new install.

If your laptop screen is still going off randomly and not falsely responding to lid closing action then:

It is the issue with your display or screen. Visit your service center for further assistance.

This is it for this article, hope it saved some of your time. Are you are wondering what was the issue with my laptop? Well, it was the issue with the lid sensor.

Have a good day.

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