Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
Laptop with digital artifacts

When referring to computers and electronics, artifacts, more commonly known as digital artifacts, are errors that occur during signal transmission or interpretation. Artifacts can be encountered with a digital camera picture, during the transmission of a digital file, and artifacts created from the compression of a signal or data. The picture shows a laptop display that has crashed with digital artifacts.

What to do when getting artifacts?

Below are some general suggestions for troubleshooting artifact-related issues.

  1. Check connections. Disconnect and re-connections to ensure firmly connected.
  2. If you're getting artifacts in a video game and the computer reboots or crashes, it's likely your video card has driver issues or more likely that your video card is getting too hot.
  3. If your computer monitor is always displaying artifacts, regardless of what program you use, try a different monitor on the computer. If the same issue persists, make sure you've got the latest video drivers and that your video card is firmly connected into the computer.
  4. If your digital camera is generating artifacts in pictures, make sure your quality is set to the highest available option. If all settings are set to their highest quality, and all pictures still have artifacts, it's likely a digital camera limitation or issue with the camera.
  5. If you're getting artifacts when compressing or changing a video from one format to another, try a different format.
  6. If you're getting artifacts on your TV display and have cable or a satellite connection, make sure you're getting a strong signal. Often it's best to contact your provider to verify your connection is good and strong.

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