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15 May 2011   #1

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Computer Acting Funny

Recently, my computer has been acting funny: freezing at times when I'm online, or working with my Windows Movie Maker, and the screen flashes once, and it's a slow manner with the toolbar and windows becoming blue. It doesn't happen all the time, or most, but it does happen at times. What could be going on?

Just in case: it is a Deskjet F4480, and I got New Years Day 2010.

Thank you.


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15 May 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

When the window turns blue is there writing on it and what does it say. How do you get out of the blue windows? The deskjet F4480 is a printer not a computer isn't it?
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15 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BinkerNate View Post
Recently, my computer has been acting funny: freezing at times when I'm online, or working with my Windows Movie Maker, and the screen flashes once, and it's a slow manner with the toolbar and windows becoming blue. It doesn't happen all the time, or most, but it does happen at times. What could be going on?

Just in case: it is a Deskjet F4480, and I got New Years Day 2010.

Thank you.

Maybe I am not understanding properly but it sounds like it could possibly be a graphics card failure. Most things that make your screen flicker, change colour or freeze the computer like that are to do with the GPU in some way. What graphics card do you have? I would suggest uninstalling the current driver you have for your graphics card and downloading and installing the latest one.
Why do you think your printer would have anything to do with the computer freezing?
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16 May 2011   #4

Windows 7
 
 

I'm sorry, I thought the black box here was for the hard drive; the desktop is Gateway SX2802.

Again, this doesn't happen all the time, like today it didn't.

Is there a way to check if it is the GPU? Where is it and how can I get to it?
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16 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64x
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BinkerNate View Post
I'm sorry, I thought the black box here was for the hard drive; the desktop is Gateway SX2802.

Again, this doesn't happen all the time, like today it didn't.

Is there a way to check if it is the GPU? Where is it and how can I get to it?

I'm not very familiar with Gateways. I do know that they are compact and upgrading them and the likes is quite difficult due to space etc.

If you download a program called CPUZ (you can google it to find it) and run that it will tell you what your graphics card is.

As far as I know Gateways have integrated graphics cards which means it's built into your system rather then my one which I bought seperatley and put in myself.
After doing a google check of your PC I found that your graphics card is most likely: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD, Have a look at this page Graphics — Intel® graphics technologies support and see if you can find your driver.
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16 May 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Go to the start orb, type in Device Manager, click on that, look for Display devices, expand display devices and post a screenshot.
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18 May 2011   #7

Windows 7
 
 

Here's what I saw; there isn't really any "display devices" anywhere.

It's late now, so I'll have to try CPUZ when I get back tomorrow night, but feel free for more suggestions/comments.


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23 May 2011   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry for the late reply; my graphics card is a G45/G43 Express Chipset, Codename: Eaglelake, Revision: 3, and Technology: 65nm (don't know if that's important).
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23 May 2011   #9
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BinkerNate View Post
Here's what I saw; there isn't really any "display devices" anywhere.

It's late now, so I'll have to try CPUZ when I get back tomorrow night, but feel free for more suggestions/comments.
You have display devices highlighted in your screenshot. Click the small pointer next to it
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Right click on what it shows and select update driver.
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24 May 2011   #10

Windows 7
 
 

Okay, I'm sorry, I don't know why I didn't see that. Anyway, it is the Intel I posted, and it says it is up-to-date.
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