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Windows 7: Windows colors messed up after BSODs and driver updates (NVS 3100M)

15 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7
Windows colors messed up after BSODs and driver updates (NVS 3100M)

Hello there,

I have been having frequent BSODs with Windows 7 (32-bit) on my heavy duty work laptop (ThinkPad T510), almost always caused by the nvlddmkm.dll library. Having sought help from disabling security applications and various other resource hogs, I have not yet found a solution to my problem.

A few hours ago I installed a few outstanding Windows Update updates, which apparently broke the video drivers - nVidia Control Panel failed to open with the error message of a driver mismatch. So I downloaded an updated drivers package from and installed that.

And after that I started noticing that the previously smooth colors in Windows are now messed up and ugly. Look at this screen:

The color crossover is no longer smooth, it is garbled and frankly it looks horrible. I need to work with proper images so this is pretty much a dealbreaker for me.

I have tried switching back and forth between the 16-bit and 32-bit color schemes, but there is no effect. 16-bit simply disables Aero.

The worst option would be that the graphics card inside the machine is on its way out, but I do not want to jump to that.

Any help is most welcome.

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15 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7

Looks like a managed to find a solution on my own.

Upgraded to the beta drivers and made a clean installation. The problem is resolved for now, the colors appear smooth now.
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15 Sep 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

May just be me but I don't see anything wrong in that screen shot. here is yours and mine together,

Windows colors messed up after BSODs and driver updates (NVS 3100M)-yoursandmine.png

Other than a different colored theme, they look the same too me.

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