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Windows 7: Solved Taskbar Thumbnail Flicker

03 Jul 2010   #1

windows 7 x 64 ult
Solved Taskbar Thumbnail Flicker

Hi all.

Running Windows Ultimate 7 x64

I have had the problem a few of you have had with the thumbnail previews on the Superbar flickering when you mouse over the icon.

Its deeper than just the superbar screwing up. When this happens I cant highlight and play more than one song at a time with WMP .....

Have to minimize windows just to return to browser and switch back and forth to windows explorer...etc..etc.

I have to reboot my PC just to play a DVD folder or DVD disc.....

Power options dont work....(when to turn off monitor)


The problem started well into 6 months or more of using w7 so I knew it was a problem with either some software I installed or a Component problem.

I use Acronis for back-ups and have saved full back-ups of w7 that I know are non-problematic , so after restoring a good image on a freshly formatted partition.......the problem remained.

Tried all the obvious things like video drivers and all but still felt it was in the motherboard chipsets. Something had gotten corrupted or changed.

I have a Gigabyte MB and downloaded the drivers for w7, installed......still there. Tried north bridge and south bridge.

What I ended up doing was installing Windows XP x64 on a extra partition which allowed me to use my original installation disc for my motherboard and was able to individually install the drivers for both chips...and after the installation of the south bridge, the computer needed to reboot, at which time it went into a deep process (screen display with please wait or whatever) that took several minutes to complete.

I dont remember it ever taking that long to complete .....talking minutes. I knew something good was happening.

I know these drivers are for XP while in XP but I really wanted to do this just to see if it might get in there and root around deep in those chips since they are the original drivers.

I never used XP x64 before with this AMD x2 5600+ I am currently using so I spent a couple hours installing a few programs I use a lot and testing them.

Finally I rebooted back into my 7x64 (use EasyBCD) and have not had one problem with it yet. It has been 2 days since I did all this.

Fingers crossed...... Anyone having this problem can try to re-do your chipsets any way possible....older drivers...or whatever.

Believe me, I was going to use that XP system if I could not figure out this problem. Could not even think about using a system where the taskbar is unusable, much less the other list of problems.

Good luck out there and I hope this helps someone.

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03 Jul 2010   #2

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit

Hi toddincabo, welcome to the forums , that is a very good first post, thank you for the information and the way you solved the problem ,its nice to share solutions if the question has not been asked before and some one is just searching the forums without posting
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