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Windows 7: Black desktop/wallpaper disappears

21 Jan 2009   #21
AGlobalThreatsK

7 x64 + XP Pro x86
 
 

Mine just turned black too. I enabled the background shuffle and was enjoying watching my pictures. Then I went in and deselected a couple of them, and then I decided I wanted to remove the "shuffle" option so they would scroll in order. About 10 pictures later the desktop turned to black. When I went back in the wallpaper options it had 1 picture selected and the slide show was disabled. I opened a picture and clicked "set as wallpaper" but nothing happened. I went back in the background options, closed it, and the wallpaper i selected appeared all of a sudden. Next thing I know it scrolls past the wallpaper I selected and went through a couple more pictures and now it's back to plain black again...

The only thing I have running is windows media player.. no activation hacks here either.

I got the background to come back... it seems that (For me at least) the background will only turn to black if "Shuffle" is NOT enabled. As soon as I turned shuffle back on, the backgrounds came back and are scrolling through just fine.


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22 Jan 2009   #22
squall325

Windows 7
 
 

its a bug of the beta version... hopefully it'll be fixed soon... but i got a fix so far by using the vista drivers... try vista drivers.. so far its been good..
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22 Jan 2009   #23
AGlobalThreatsK

7 x64 + XP Pro x86
 
 

Using the vista drivers for what? The graphics card?

No matter what settings I put, the background will eventually go to black if slide-show is enabled.
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22 Jan 2009   #24
squall325

Windows 7
 
 

yeah i used the vista64 drivers for nvidia cards on win7... fixed my blackscreen and artifact problems..
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22 Jan 2009   #25
AGlobalThreatsK

7 x64 + XP Pro x86
 
 

Didn't work for me, just changed over to Vista 64 drivers that were released TODAY by Nvidia. After putting the background on slide-show it didn't even take 5 minutes and it's back a black background.
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22 Jan 2009   #26
cbstatix

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Change Graphics Resolution

I was messing around trying to solve the Black desktop problem and discovered that if I simply switch resolutions, it fixes the problem [until I reboot that is.] So far, the only solution I know of is to change resolutions each time one logs on.
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22 Jan 2009   #27
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cbstatix View Post
I was messing around trying to solve the Black desktop problem and discovered that if I simply switch resolutions, it fixes the problem [until I reboot that is.] So far, the only solution I know of is to change resolutions each time one logs on.
A suspend cycle works too. Just set your BIOS to use STR (suspend to RAM) for ACPI suspend mode. When your video acts up just put the system to sleep and wake it back up. In STR mode that completely resets the video adapter -- just like turning the computer off and back on again.

Also, can anyone confirm if this is happening to those folks using WDDM 1.1 drivers as opposed to XPDM or WDDM 1.0? Especially with high resolutions these background images take a lot of vram that has to be mapped into the DWM address space. WDDM 1.1 is supposed to handle that kind of thing better.
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23 Jan 2009   #28
Chappy

Vista Ult 64bit - Windows 7 Ult 7264 64bit
 
 

There are a couple of reports of the Black screen issue on the Windows Ecosystem Feedback reports. I was just going thru them a few minutes ago and saw about 3 or 4 reports of this same thing so it is probably just a beta glitch.
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02 Feb 2009   #29
linuzo

Windows 7 Build 7100
 
 

Yeah, I have been experiencing the same thing as well. It is usually just when going from a full screen application like a game or something that requires a lot of ram. As stated by others above the best way is to change your screen resolution to force the video driver to reload. I'm sure there is just some information being lost when switching applications back to explorer or something like that.
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02 Feb 2009   #30
renthor

Windows 7 Beta 1 b7000
 
 

I've found that by right-clicking on the problem game's .exe going to properties...compatibility mode, and then selecting "Disable desktop composition" I can pretty much never run into the problem again. So far I have not had to enable backwards-compatibility of any kind (e.g. run in vista mode or earlier, just the desktop composition).
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