First, I apologize for posting about this topic again. The first post went astray (my mistake in posting two topics at once) and this issue is growing more time consuming by the day.
When I am running more than a few applications, and particolarly it seems to happen when I run Outlook, Dreamweaver and Firefox at once, the display will regularly start behaving very strangely.
Here are some of my computer specs.
Computer: Systemax Venture VX2
Processor: Intel® Core2 QUAD Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (2397 MHz)
Memory (RAM): OCZ Vista Upgrade Edition Dual Channel 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memory (4 x 2048MB)
Motherboard: Intel DG965WH ATX Motherboard w/Gigabit LAN
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista x64
DirectX version: 10.0
Video Card: Realtek Winfast PX8600 GT HDMI(NVIDIA)
GPU processor: GeForce 8600 GT
ForceWare version: 162.22
Total av. graphics mem.: 2014 MB
Dedicated video memory: 256 MB
System video memory: 0 MB
Shared system memory: 1758 MB
Video BIOS version: 60.84.58.00.18
This is what the computer does:
1) First symptom: The taskbar creates a copy of itself at the very top of the screen. This "Ghost" image does not work. Clicking on it does nothing. But when that happens I have to restart immediately as in a few seconds the entire screen goes absolutely crazy.
2) The second thing that happens, the display goes either black or white. Usually black if Dreamweaver is in focus and white if a folder window is.
3) Next, if I move the mouse cursor on the screen, clicking it or not, I can make GUI elements appear from the blackness or whiteness. I usually have to do this to be able to make some of the menus and other GUI elements visible so I can close and save what I am working on.
4) Finally, the entire display gets so messed up the only cure is to perform a Ctrl-alt-delete to get out and restart.
Here are some pictures of what is going on:
This is usually the first symptom. Noting seems out of place otherwise, but the taskbar "duplicates itself on the top of the display.
When this happens I have to hurry and restart the computer.
Here is a close-up of the taskbar at the top of the screen.
Here, you can see what happens when I open a folder. This folder is not maximized. It should take a corner of the screen but instead it takes up the entire display.
Here, you can see what happens if I try to interact with the open folder. In some cases it actually works, in others it just brings up these "Ghost" images from some other interface element.
Here it's another thing that happens. The screen wants to make the desktop black. This will happen frequently and often even if I am not trying to interact with the GUI.
Note the black corner on the screen where the desktop should be.
Here is where I passed the mouse over the left side of the screen. It does nothing but it shows the desktop and icons below the window. This shows that in reality the window is not taking the entire screen. It just looks like it.
This is another example of the mouse "drawing" the display under the white screen. Reminds me of an old program called "Kid Pix".
Where you see the desktop showing through is where I clicked and dragged with the mouse.
Note the lower taskbar icons. Those icons usually do not work any longer but passing the mouse over them makes them appear and disappear. The upper taskbar, when it shows, is instead completely inactive. It either appears or it's gone.
And finally, this is the black version of the same problem. As you can see, the white elements are trying to show up beneath the black.
What I can't show here is the rapid flashing between the black and white screen and any open folder and program windows on the desktop. In this process, the taskbar will appear and disappear as well and the lower taskbar's icons will show up but others leave holes in the graphic.
I am truly hoping that this is something I can get some help with, or my only alternative is to do a clean reinstall of Vista64. Something that takes me days because of the peculiar way I like to organize my programs and applications.
Does anyone know what could be going on here?
Thank you so much for any help you can provide.