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Windows 7: Fonts look smudged/shadow trailing a little

20 Mar 2012   #11
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W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dorian hawkmoon View Post
.........Anyone think this may have to do with a faulty graphics card?..........
Probably. Sounds like latchup.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dorian hawkmoon View Post
.........Or can it be the monitor/cable?
Will the cable mate with the video connector on your motherboard? If so, try using that video for a while and see if the problem happens.


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20 Mar 2012   #12
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Well, the problem comes up with steady use of say, 1 or 2 weeks. Actually, after I disconnected and reconnected the VGA cable the problem went away immediately, rather than switching off smps which didn't work thrice. What is the long term effect of latchup?
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20 Mar 2012   #13
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Latchup conditions can repeat forever without harming the chip or they might fry the chip.

Have you tried the video output that is built into your motherboard?
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20 Mar 2012   #14
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

no not yet, have to uninstall driver and won't be able to play any games (this problem occurs suddenly, once in several weeks maybe)...does latchups occur to gfx, is that a regular occurrence?
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20 Mar 2012   #15
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W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Latchup can occur in most any integrated circuit. It is nearly always impacted by temperature... in other words, hotter = easier to put it into a latchup state.
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20 Mar 2012   #16
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Okay. That's a worrying thought, specially as recent games tend to overtax the gfx, even without overclocking (which I don't!) All the icons and texts looks like that the 'Drop Shadow' effect of Photoshop has been applied to those and they seem blurry, when the problem occurs.
The games are running fine, though. This is bugging me to the extreme! Which do I change, monitor or gfx, both would be really costly for me to pull off at the moment
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21 Mar 2012   #17
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Anyone with any insights? Cost of pc components have increased greatly this month in national budget, need to make a snap decision!
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21 Mar 2012   #18
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I cannot be sure w/o you spending hours playing whatever games you can using the video built into the motherboard. Or borrow a monitor and play your regular games. Or take you monitor to another computer and test it on games.

If you buy both a new monitor and a new gfx card and it turns out to have been the old gfx card that was bad, you now have a dual monitor system.
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22 Mar 2012   #19
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Took a gamble...changed display, lets see. hope to god it was the lcd which was messed up! Will report if the issue reappears again. if so, it'll definitely be the gfx
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03 Aug 2014   #20
kaianna

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

I had the same problem with the fonts looking smudged and was wondering what was going on! I simply unplugged the power from the monitor and it disappeared when I plugged it back in. Who knew it would be that simple?
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