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Windows 7: Certain Programs are blurry

27 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro (x64)
 
 
Certain Programs are blurry

Hello
I recently came across this issue where some programs are oddly blurry and fuzzy. I never had this issue until recently, I have attached a comparison of two programs running at the same time; as you can see one of them is terribly fuzzy whilst the other has no issues. I would be grateful if someone can assist me with the matter. Thank you very much



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27 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freezepop View Post
Hello
I recently came across this issue where some programs are oddly blurry and fuzzy. I never had this issue until recently, I have attached a comparison of two programs running at the same time; as you can see one of them is terribly fuzzy whilst the other has no issues. I would be grateful if someone can assist me with the matter. Thank you very much
Have you configured large fonts in the display control panel?
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27 Mar 2011   #3

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
 
 

Check out:

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display - Adjust ClearType Text - ClearType tuning - will affect Windows fonts. Try it turned off and also try tuning it to suit your monitor display/graphics card and personal preferences.

Your C++ tutor window is a PDF, (is that Adobe Acrobat Pro?) and uses a different display technique - but reading Dietel and Dietel tends to make everything go blurry after a while anyway!
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27 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freezepop View Post
Hello
I recently came across this issue where some programs are oddly blurry and fuzzy. I never had this issue until recently, I have attached a comparison of two programs running at the same time; as you can see one of them is terribly fuzzy whilst the other has no issues. I would be grateful if someone can assist me with the matter. Thank you very much
Have you configured large fonts in the display control panel?
The custom text size DPI is at smaller - 100% (default)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
Check out:

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display - Adjust ClearType Text - ClearType tuning - will affect Windows fonts. Try it turned off and also try tuning it to suit your monitor display/graphics card and personal preferences.

Your C++ tutor window is a PDF, (is that Adobe Acrobat Pro?) and uses a different display technique - but reading Dietel and Dietel tends to make everything go blurry after a while anyway!
Tried that but it doesn't seem to be working though, yeah that is Acrobat pro lol...Dietel is pretty bad lol but unfortunately my University class requires it.

Idk why this happens to only to selected few programs...and ironically VS 10 works fine on the windows 7 machines at my university

EDIT: Ok I fixed the issue. I checked to see if there was any hardware acceleration in VS and to my luck there was and it was enabled, so disabling it made the fuzziness go away. If my intuition is right, then I believe anyone with this problem should check to see if the program they are using has hardware acceleration and disable it to see if that fixes the issue. I figure this happens because as fafhrd mentioned some programs use different display techniq and hardware acceleration might be working nicely with those programs.

...
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06 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freezepop View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freezepop View Post
Hello
I recently came across this issue where some programs are oddly blurry and fuzzy. I never had this issue until recently, I have attached a comparison of two programs running at the same time; as you can see one of them is terribly fuzzy whilst the other has no issues. I would be grateful if someone can assist me with the matter. Thank you very much
Have you configured large fonts in the display control panel?
The custom text size DPI is at smaller - 100% (default)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
Check out:

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display - Adjust ClearType Text - ClearType tuning - will affect Windows fonts. Try it turned off and also try tuning it to suit your monitor display/graphics card and personal preferences.

Your C++ tutor window is a PDF, (is that Adobe Acrobat Pro?) and uses a different display technique - but reading Dietel and Dietel tends to make everything go blurry after a while anyway!
Tried that but it doesn't seem to be working though, yeah that is Acrobat pro lol...Dietel is pretty bad lol but unfortunately my University class requires it.

Idk why this happens to only to selected few programs...and ironically VS 10 works fine on the windows 7 machines at my university

EDIT: Ok I fixed the issue. I checked to see if there was any hardware acceleration in VS and to my luck there was and it was enabled, so disabling it made the fuzziness go away. If my intuition is right, then I believe anyone with this problem should check to see if the program they are using has hardware acceleration and disable it to see if that fixes the issue. I figure this happens because as fafhrd mentioned some programs use different display techniq and hardware acceleration might be working nicely with those programs.

...
I figured some people might still have this issue, I have an ATI 5770 with CCC 11.4 installed and in order to get rid of the blurry programs w/o disabling hardware acceleration here is what I did:

go to Control center panel

*then Gaming > 3D Application Settings

* uncheck the box [] Morphological filtering (this is under the SMOOTH VISION HD: Anti-Aliasing)

and

* uncheck Enable Surface Format Optimization (under Catalyst A.I)

This should solve any blurry programs even with Hardware acceleration enabled.
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02 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home 64bit
 
 

Freezepop that works,I was trying to fix it for months.........Thanks man.....
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25 May 2012   #7

Windows Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks so much!
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13 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 
Worked for me on Win 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freezepop View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by freezepop View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post

Have you configured large fonts in the display control panel?
The custom text size DPI is at smaller - 100% (default)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
Check out:

Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display - Adjust ClearType Text - ClearType tuning - will affect Windows fonts. Try it turned off and also try tuning it to suit your monitor display/graphics card and personal preferences.

Your C++ tutor window is a PDF, (is that Adobe Acrobat Pro?) and uses a different display technique - but reading Dietel and Dietel tends to make everything go blurry after a while anyway!
Tried that but it doesn't seem to be working though, yeah that is Acrobat pro lol...Dietel is pretty bad lol but unfortunately my University class requires it.

Idk why this happens to only to selected few programs...and ironically VS 10 works fine on the windows 7 machines at my university

EDIT: Ok I fixed the issue. I checked to see if there was any hardware acceleration in VS and to my luck there was and it was enabled, so disabling it made the fuzziness go away. If my intuition is right, then I believe anyone with this problem should check to see if the program they are using has hardware acceleration and disable it to see if that fixes the issue. I figure this happens because as fafhrd mentioned some programs use different display techniq and hardware acceleration might be working nicely with those programs.

...
I figured some people might still have this issue, I have an ATI 5770 with CCC 11.4 installed and in order to get rid of the blurry programs w/o disabling hardware acceleration here is what I did:

go to Control center panel

*then Gaming > 3D Application Settings

* uncheck the box [] Morphological filtering (this is under the SMOOTH VISION HD: Anti-Aliasing)

and

* uncheck Enable Surface Format Optimization (under Catalyst A.I)

This should solve any blurry programs even with Hardware acceleration enabled.

Just adding to this: freezepop's method solved the problem for me too - including Windows 8 UI style applications.

Running on Windows 8 Pro x64 with Radeon 5770.
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19 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I know the problem is solved but would like to add that nvidias FXAA does the same thing, some things are blurry and some not when its activated, for instance playing SC2 with FXAA on will make your drivers crash and the text is blurry
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29 Jan 2014   #10

Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I got help from this thread. The solution for me:

Catalyst Control Center > Workstation > Enable 10-bit pixel format support.
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