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Windows 7: Fonts look smudged/shadow trailing a little

06 Mar 2012   #1
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 
Fonts look smudged/shadow trailing a little

I was happy and playing Alan Wake, after quitting to desktop, suddenly nowhere out of the blue my fonts and icons look smudged/shadow trailing behind them (ie. shadow of 't just beside 't' if you add text effects in photoshop) a little, I didn't notice something strange like that earlier...I've uninstalled the latest catalyst driver and rolled back to the previous. No show, same thing's happening. Whats up ?!


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06 Mar 2012   #2
Maguscreed

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

You may want to try walking through the text setup on your system.
right click the desktop go to personalize then click the display link at the bottom left.
after that you'll see a link about cleartype. Run through that process and see if it helps.
I'm saying all this assuming you restarted your system during the driver change.
If not I would just suggest restarting first.
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06 Mar 2012   #3
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

I did that, but the shadow issue remains ( I also restarted)
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06 Mar 2012   #4
Maguscreed

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have you tried disabling the shadows then toggling them back on in the advanced system properties?
This is an odd one. I've actually had this problem before myself, generally restarting it has fixed it. A game should not be making changes to windows system settings like this.
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06 Mar 2012   #5
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

yes, tried that. Only turns off shadows of window and stuff, not fonts ... can this be a fault of the gfx or lcd- never heard anything like this though if a gfx goes bad!!
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06 Mar 2012   #6
Maguscreed

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Well if it is something in the graphics driver sweeper is probably the only thing that will wipe out the current graphics installation enough to be sure of that. (the catalyst installer does a pretty poor job)
http://phyxion.net/Driver-Sweeper/Dr...Version-3-2-0/
obviously we're only focusing on the display drivers. Don't remove anything else, it can be a major pain.
...also works best in safe mode. (install in normal mode)
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07 Mar 2012   #7
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

erm, I did that, but even that didn't solve the prob. I took out my gfx card & dusted it very lightly with a soft paintbrush, turned the psu swith to 'off', and securely seated the gfx & its power 6pin. And I don't know if I'm a little dazed by this strange ordeal... but the fonts and icons seem OK this time ! Of course, it maybe just my subconscious trying to console me !
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07 Mar 2012   #8
Maguscreed

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

Or the process of finally completely shutting down the system to a zero power level finally let whatever the game messed with reset.
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07 Mar 2012   #9
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Or the process of finally completely shutting down the system to a zero power level finally let whatever the game messed with reset.
Yes, that is definitely a good explanation for this kooky problem!
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20 Mar 2012   #10
dorian hawkmoon

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Same thing happened again today.Ghosting? Exact same problem as in this forum http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/52...blem-viewsonic

I switched off smps (didn't work thrice) then disconnected the cable connecting LCD to graphics card, voila the problem disappeared again. Anyone think this may have to do with a faulty graphics card? Or can it be the monitor/cable?
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