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Windows 7: Cursor and Start menu have begun flickering

20 Feb 2012   #1

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Cursor and Start menu have begun flickering


I've recently bought a new computer. I've had it for a few months now but I haven't used it very much. This problem had happened before and I figured that it was a problem with the mouse. So I replaced it with a new mouse and everything seemed to be fine. I had a two month break between then and have just started it up today in the hopes of getting more regular use out of it.

Earlier today I noticed that my cursor would flicker, rapidly, for no reason I could understand. When I moved it across the screen sometimes it would flick between the loading symbol and the arrow. The way it was going I figured it was best to restart, but when I clicked on the start menu the same thing began to happen to it. It'd flicker between there and not there. Also when I hovered over the search bar in the start menu the arrow would change between the "I" symbol for writing and the arrow, just like the loading symbol and arrow.

After a restart nothing seemed to change and instead problems seemed to accumulate. I have English and Japanese on my computer and can switch between the two by pressing the EN button on the task bar, but after the restart this button began flickers between there and not there just like the cursor. Also when I went to view All Programs it wouldn't load.

A couple times today I've had multiple programs open (Skype, Windows Movie Player, Microsoft Word) and when I go back to the desktop each one of those programs would pop up on its own.

Just now I tried again to restart (But clearly that's not working) and when I clicked on the start menu I had the same problems as listed above but this time the computer randomly shut down without me clicking on it first.

I have an Antivirus program installed (Norton) and I have really only used the internet once or twice (But I do know that it's still enough to get something) even then I used it to check my email and play a couple games that I had installed on Google Chrome.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what this might be?


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