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Windows 7: Text looks as if water has been poured on it

31 May 2011   #1
mpooley

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Text looks as if water has been poured on it

I have a new radeon HD 6850 and Sometimes with certain programs the text looks like it has water poured over it and it gradually dissolves!

I updated the drivers today and now it is much worse and Firefox text is affected as well.
In fact as i'm typing this the text is gradually dissolving !

one thing i have noticed is that the text if ine at first and takes say 30 seconds before it starts getting blurry but if i highlight the text and then de-highlight it it goes completely un readable straight away.
I have tried to turn off hardware accelleration in catylist but cant find any w ay of doing it.

I need help please !

thanks
Mike


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31 May 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

When you updated the drivers, did you uninstall the old ones first?

Did you update with the ATI Radeon drivers, the computer manufacturer's drivers or via Windows Update.

You will sometimes find that the computer manufacturer's OEM drivers are configured differently to the ones from the graphics card manufacturer and updating with them can lead to problems.

I'd be inclined to roll back your drivers to those that came with your computer, which you can do in Device Manager.
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31 May 2011   #3
mpooley

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks
I didn't uninstall old drivers and I used the standard radeon driver from their web page.
I tried to roll back to old drivers but the button was greyed out .
so I uninstalled the driver and then re- installed it.

At the moment it seems to have improved
so I'll keep my fingers crossed
and thanks again.

Mike
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31 May 2011   #4
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpooley View Post
I have a new radeon HD 6850 and Sometimes with certain programs the text looks like it has water poured over it and it gradually dissolves!

I updated the drivers today and now it is much worse and Firefox text is affected as well.
In fact as i'm typing this the text is gradually dissolving !

one thing i have noticed is that the text if ine at first and takes say 30 seconds before it starts getting blurry but if i highlight the text and then de-highlight it it goes completely un readable straight away.
I have tried to turn off hardware accelleration in catylist but cant find any w ay of doing it.

I need help please !

thanks
Mike
Since you have a 6850 make sure MLAA (Morphological filtering) is turned off. It tends to mess with 2D apps when enabled - making some things look blured.


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31 May 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpooley View Post
Thanks
I didn't uninstall old drivers and I used the standard radeon driver from their web page.
I tried to roll back to old drivers but the button was greyed out .
so I uninstalled the driver and then re- installed it.

At the moment it seems to have improved
so I'll keep my fingers crossed
and thanks again.

Mike
OK, pleased to hear it and you're very welcome.

I have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics card and recently upgraded it to the latest 270.61 driver and was pleased to notice it gave me the option to uninstall the old driver first, and then carry out a clean install. Perhaps other card manufacturers could take note?

Please post back if you start to experience any more problems.
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31 May 2011   #6
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post

I have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics card and recently upgraded it to the latest 270.61 driver and was pleased to notice it gave me the option to uninstall the old driver first, and then carry out a clean install.
If it helps any ATI/AMD drivers have done that for more than a year now. The Catalyst Install Manager uninstalls the old and then installs the new without any user interaction.
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31 May 2011   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post

I have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics card and recently upgraded it to the latest 270.61 driver and was pleased to notice it gave me the option to uninstall the old driver first, and then carry out a clean install.
If it helps any ATI/AMD drivers have done that for more than a year now. The Catalyst Install Manager uninstalls the old and then installs the new without any user interaction.
Thanks for that. It's always useful to know what other manufacturers are doing.
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01 Jun 2011   #8
mpooley

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpooley View Post
Thanks
I didn't uninstall old drivers and I used the standard radeon driver from their web page.
I tried to roll back to old drivers but the button was greyed out .
so I uninstalled the driver and then re- installed it.

At the moment it seems to have improved
so I'll keep my fingers crossed
and thanks again.

Mike
OK, pleased to hear it and you're very welcome.

I have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 graphics card and recently upgraded it to the latest 270.61 driver and was pleased to notice it gave me the option to uninstall the old driver first, and then carry out a clean install. Perhaps other card manufacturers could take note?

Please post back if you start to experience any more problems.
Ah ! Well this morning it started again!
Not in my browser this time just the same few programs that were affected before.
The first is Visual studio - this is a application written using WPF (windows presentation foundation)
I can get rid of this problem as there is an option to not use graphics hardware acceleration.
another is a little program called 'TED' which looks for tv programs on the net.
I suspect this is written using WPF too and that is the basis of the problem.
another is 'Soluto' which again looks like it was written in WPF.

So does everyone else with my card get this problem or is it just me i wonder?

I cant find any way of turning off hardware acceleration in catalyst either.

thanks

Mike
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01 Jun 2011   #9
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You do this yet?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post

Since you have a 6850 make sure MLAA (Morphological filtering) is turned off. It tends to mess with 2D apps when enabled - making some things look blured.
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01 Jun 2011   #10
mpooley

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
You do this yet?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post

Since you have a 6850 make sure MLAA (Morphological filtering) is turned off. It tends to mess with 2D apps when enabled - making some things look blured.
oh thats strange !
Yes I did yesterday and it was still happening but then of course I re-installed and it seemed to work for a time.

But today when i tried it ------ IT Worked

wierd but

Thanks mate
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