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Windows 7: Aero Theme issue on Dell Studio 1555

04 Sep 2009   #1
suryabalaji

Windows 7
 
 
Aero Theme issue on Dell Studio 1555

I recently got a Dell Studio 1555 laptop and installed Windows 7 on it.
The Aero theme background really becomes funky and full of lines as seen in the attached images. Sometimes application window displays also get messed up as in the attached Paint window.

I installed the latest Driver for the Video from Dell site but that doesnt seem to solve the issue.

Following is the configuration of my laptop:
Intel® Pentium™ Dual Core T4200 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/1MB cache)
3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz
15.6” Full High Definition (1080p) High Brightness LED Display with TrueLife™ and Camera
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD

Can you please help?




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Aero Theme issue on Dell Studio 1555-aerodisplay1.gif   Aero Theme issue on Dell Studio 1555-aerodisplay2.gif  
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04 Sep 2009   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi, welcome to the forums.


You may want to try the troublshooter, type 'troubleshoot' into the start menu & click 'Troubleshooting'. There's a section for 'Appearance and Personalization', if you click that you should have 2 options
  • Aero
  • Display Quality
If you click both of those (1 at a time ) what information are you given?
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04 Sep 2009   #3
matt_0978

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

hmm i'm thinking this is beyond driver issues, either the card is overheating or it's crapped out! wot does the POST screen look like? and what does the display look like on Vista? maybe u could try dual-booting and post back ur results. i think ur gonna end up RMA'ing this laptop for repair.
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04 Sep 2009   #4
Orbital Shark

 
 

It could also be that the Desktop Window Manager service is having a breakdown.

Could try running Command Prompt as Administrator (right-click) then run sfc /scannow just in case any system files have become unstable.

I does, as Matt pointed out, look like it could be a hardware issue, but lets hope it's not as that would mean a new GFX Card
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04 Sep 2009   #5
matt_0978

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Orbital Shark View Post
It could also be that the Desktop Window Manager service is having a breakdown.

Could try running Command Prompt as Administrator (right-click) then run sfc /scannow just in case any system files have become unstable.

I does, as Matt pointed out, look like it could be a hardware issue, but lets hope it's not as that would mean a new GFX Card
he said he got the laptop recently so he'll have a yrs warranty on that (and of course his statutory rights ) so there should be no problem in getting it repaired/replaced if he's at worst case scenario.
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04 Sep 2009   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by matt0978 View Post
u mean me right? he said he got the laptop recently so he'll have a yrs warranty on that (and of course his statutory rights ) so there should be no problem in getting it repaired/replaced if he's at worst case scenario.
Oops, sorry, post changed

That's quite right, there are sometimes even a Recovery Option during post (press F11 or F12) during the very first screen. Maybe that will still work
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04 Sep 2009   #7
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

This sounds like a GFX card overheating .. You may try reducing your resolution to reduce the power drain and see if this helps... Otherwise, I would call Dell for a RMA number ...
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04 Sep 2009   #8
matt_0978

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
This sounds like a GFX card overheating .. You may try reducing your resolution to reduce the power drain and see if this helps... Otherwise, I would call Dell for a RTM number ...
that's fine for a diagnosis but i wouldn't stick with that as a resolution* i'd still get the RMA number and have it fixed properly. shame on dell

*j/k see wot i did there? lol
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04 Sep 2009   #9
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Most definately not!! Its just a way to narrow down the possible source of the problem..
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04 Sep 2009   #10
ultraplanet

Windows 7
 
 

You would think if it is hardware related it would affect the taskbar and icons too but they look fine in the picture. Dell will have built-in diagnostics that can be run by hitting F12 when you first turn the system on. Dell tech support will want the results from that scan before proceeding anyway.
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