Totally Stupid Computer Questions

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  1. bugmenot

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    I know these are probably incredibly simple to fix, but humor me:

    1) I don't know how this happened, but you know how when icons are not highlighted the physical icon's border and behind the text is clear on the wallpaper? Well now the Icon text is boxed in whatever color I set in Display Properties, along with the border. How do I make it clear again?

    2) Don't know if this is my monitor or my video card, but my screen has this weird red hue, that likes fades from black to red from right to left. Also beyond the actual viewing screen there are red lines.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot Arise Rodimus Prime

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    I think for the icon thing.... try right clicking your desktop, go to properties, then go to the tab that says appearance. I am not positive on that, but check it out while waiting for a better answer :p 
     
  3. Depthcharge

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    Not sure about number 1, I've seen that on other computers but never had it happen on my own. As for your second question, what kind of monitor do you have?

    If you have a CRT (non-flat panel) monitor then the problem you're describing sounds very much like one of your cathode ray guns has gone bad. CRT monitors have various "ray guns" that are grouped in sets of three, one for red, one for blue, and one for green. Each gun in the set is responsible for energizing its corresponding colored pixels. Long story short, if one of the guns goes bad the pixel colors on your monitor don't get mixed correctly and so you're screen will appear to take on a tint of either blue, red, or green. You probably didn't care to know any of that, but there it is.

    If you have an LCD monitor I don't believe they have anything like ray guns so I would guess that you've got a video card issue then. Try reinstalling drivers and double check the cable connections to make sure one of the pins didn't break or get bent.
     
  4. bugmenot

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    It's actually an incredibly old monitor(over 8 years old), so it's probably the cathode tube.
     
  5. Depthcharge

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    Well, if its that old then yeah, I'm betting you lost a ray gun. One way to be sure is to give the side of your monitor a firm whacking and watch what it does to the picture. Sometimes you'll jog the gun back on temporarily or cause some other abnormal coloration flicker. Obviously I'm absolving myself of any blame for what may or may not happen if you do this. 8 years old though... me thinks its time for an upgrade.
     
  6. bugmenot

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    Bump for help.
     
  7. Deemer

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    Did you try hitting it?

    Also, have you had a magnet near the monitor? Tried Deguassing it?
     
  8. ShortCircuit

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    http://www.mvps.org/marksxp/WindowsXP/boarders.php

    ??

    2) Don't know if this is my monitor or my video card, but my screen has this weird red hue, that likes fades from black to red from right to left. Also beyond the actual viewing screen there are red lines.

    sounds like a dropped lcd monitor to me?
     
  9. Chaos Muffin

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    Sounds like the kickback virus, it can piss you off.
     
  10. Phy

    Phy I want... ROOM SERVICE!!

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    God damnit! You mean I've had access to ray guns all this time, and no-one ever thought to tell me? Next you'll be saying that my car has a switch in the glove box that activates flight mode!
     
  11. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    :lolol 

    I'm guessing for #2 Depthcharge was right... Do what he said.
     
  12. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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  13. bugmenot

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    Yeah, I'm thinking I need to format my hardrive since this spyware has royally fucked up my computer recently.

    THANKS MICROSOFT! I've been free of this garbage for years until you decided to install some antivirus program on my computer.
     
  14. Spekkio

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    #2 sounds like magnetic interference is a possibility - have you tried degaussing your monitor? (Does it have the option?)

    Otherwise, it wouldn't be a bad idea to replace the monitor. CRTs are supercheap now, and LCDs have come down in price tremendously (a little over $100 on TigerDirect).

    As for #1, did you figure that part out?
     
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    No I haven't, I tried both methods from the link that was posted, and neither worked. I even tried setting it back to XP (I'm using windowblinds), and nothing. It sucks, because I'm big on making my own wallpaper.

    As for the monitor, believe me I have tried degauzing and then some, even tried adjusting the color balance, but have not hit it yet, LOL.
     
  16. ShortCircuit

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    Probably a bad driver for #2, try gettingt a new videocard driver?

    Damn thought that link would work.....oh well back to the drawing board.
     
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    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    I would also suggest inverting the polarity on the field coils.
     
  18. Depthcharge

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    I recommend activating the Mr. Fusion and spooling up the flux capacitor, though I'm not sure how you're going to get that rig up to 88MPH.
     
  19. Spekkio

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    But remember to do it in the correct sequence, or the whole thing might go. Check the technical manual in your Tricorder if you need assistance.
     

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