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Windows 7: Cannot change background from solid colour

28 Aug 2011   #1
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 
Cannot change background from solid colour

After downloading and installing NVIDIA driver 280.26, my desktop background changed to a solid black. Now I cannot change it to anything other than a solid colour. If I try, it'll just change back.

I did a System Restore to before the driver was installed leading me to think that it wasn't actually the new driver. I'm currently running the sfc/scannow command to see if it fixes anything but in the meantime, has anyone got any ideas?


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28 Aug 2011   #2
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

You may have to run your WEI again after updating your graphics driver. It sounds lame but I've seen it fix graphics related problems like Aero not working etc, after updating drivers.
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28 Aug 2011   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

^^^^ +1

Other than that Jaidyn, did you either uninstall the old driver first or were you given the chance to carry out a clean install?

Certainly, when I updated my NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics card, it offered a clean install, which automatically uninstalled the old driver first.
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29 Aug 2011   #4
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
You may have to run your WEI again after updating your graphics driver. It sounds lame but I've seen it fix graphics related problems like Aero not working etc, after updating drivers.
Unfortunately, it didn't work. Does seem quite odd though. Thanks anyway.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
^^^^ +1

Other than that Jaidyn, did you either uninstall the old driver first or were you given the chance to carry out a clean install?

Certainly, when I updated my NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics card, it offered a clean install, which automatically uninstalled the old driver first.
Not sure. Just went straight through with the usual custom install. Checked everything and continued. In any case, System Restore should've removed the new driver completely so it can't have been the update.

Any other ideas?
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29 Aug 2011   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

the nVIDIA clean install often leaves fragments of the old driver behind too. Have your new driver saved. You might try different ones too, new isn't always better. Use Phyxion.net - Driver Sweeper to clean up and reinstall. Use driver Sweeper on each install if you try different drivers.
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30 Aug 2011   #6
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
the nVIDIA clean install often leaves fragments of the old driver behind too. Have your new driver saved. You might try different ones too, new isn't always better. Use Phyxion.net - Driver Sweeper to clean up and reinstall. Use driver Sweeper on each install if you try different drivers.
I don't normally update my drivers unless it has general good feedback, which v280.26 did. So, I updated. Anyway, I ran DriverSweeper and fully uninstalled all graphic drivers then installed 280.26. Didn't work.

I'm in the process of doing a full system scan with Trend Micro which will be followed by one in Malwarebytes. I'll update after I'm done.
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31 Aug 2011   #7
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Well, Trend Micro didn't pick up anything but Malwarebytes picked up 5. Either way, I restarted the computer and the problem persisted.
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31 Aug 2011   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Well schiznitz. You do click Save Changes after you change the wallpaper, right? Run the sfc /scannow to see if that will fix it.
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01 Sep 2011   #9
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Well schiznitz. You do click Save Changes after you change the wallpaper, right? Run the sfc /scannow to see if that will fix it.
I already have. I also searched a bit and one Yahoo! Answers post said to run a CHKDSK. So I did. After 11 hours, it finished but the problem once again persisted.

Any other suggestions?
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03 Sep 2011   #10
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

This wont answer your problem ,but may help your sanity in the meantime try this (option one)....
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...7-starter.html
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