strange display behaviour on my Inspiron 8000 with XPsp2

Paul

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My Inspiron 8K is a great laptop. I love its 1600x1200 display. But my
satisfaction is getting spoiled

At random intervals, especially when opening UltraEdit, display gets
corrupted in various ways. The problem disappear as soon as I close the
window and open again.
Today my mousepointer changed to a small grey square with 2 arrows.....

Anybody having the same problem?. It started some time after I got SP2. To
begin with, it was only black display for a couple of seconds.

Is there a better internet-forum to discuss that kind of problem?

Unless I get other suggestions, I am afraid I will have to make an XP
clean-install.
 
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"paul" <getNOSPAM@get2net.dk> wrote in message
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> My Inspiron 8K is a great laptop. I love its 1600x1200 display. But my
> satisfaction is getting spoiled
>
> At random intervals, especially when opening UltraEdit, display gets
> corrupted in various ways. The problem disappear as soon as I close the
> window and open again.
> Today my mousepointer changed to a small grey square with 2 arrows.....
>
> Anybody having the same problem?. It started some time after I got SP2. To
> begin with, it was only black display for a couple of seconds.
>
> Is there a better internet-forum to discuss that kind of problem?
>
> Unless I get other suggestions, I am afraid I will have to make an XP
> clean-install.
>
>
>
>


Try posting here as well, under "video" and/or "general hardware":

http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums?category.id=inspiron


Stew
 

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Markeau wrote:
> Maybe reinstall the video drivers???

I have downloaded the videodriver last week from support.dell.com. It does
not make any difference.
 
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"paul" <getNOSPAM@get2net.dk> wrote in message
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> Markeau wrote:
>> Maybe reinstall the video drivers???
>
> I have downloaded the videodriver last week from support.dell.com. It does
> not make any difference.
>


Try plugging an external monitor to the system. If the problem appears
there, then you have an internal video card/board problem. If it clears up,
then your video flex cable or the LCD screen itself may be going... ?


Stew
 
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"paul" <getNOSPAM@get2net.dk> wrote in message
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> Markeau wrote:
>> Maybe reinstall the video drivers???
>
> I have downloaded the videodriver last week from support.dell.com.
> It does not make any difference.

When you reinstalled the video driver did you first uninstall the
previous one - like at least take it down to a generic driver, then
restart? I do not have an i8000 but I have over a couple decades of pc
experience, and what you describe seems to be video memory corruption
which could still be a driver problem or an errant application.

OR even before trying that again, I would try posting over on the
UltraEdit Display forum and or make sure you have the latest UE
updates - it looks like UE does some direct video manipulation (ie,
there is a setting in UE to properly re-enable ClearType after sp2, so
that also implies UE does some video manipulation, etc.)
 

Paul

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Markeau wrote:
> updates - it looks like UE does some direct video manipulation (ie,
> there is a setting in UE to properly re-enable ClearType after sp2, so
> that also implies UE does some video manipulation, etc.)

That was it! After unchecking this line in UE´s display settings my display
nightmare is over.
Many thanks.