Posted 22 January 2011 - 11:01 PM
Okay, so I've got two problems here. The first is that my windows keeps randomly deciding not to be genuine. I run notepad or any other default windows program and a box comes up saying windows isn't genuine and gives me a link to go make my windows genuine. I go to the link, (which takes me to a microsoft web page, I don't remember the exact url, but when it happens again, I'll make sure to note it down so I can post it here, if you want) and I download a windows activator program thingy, which then makes my windows genuine again and all's well. I've noticed that, when the problem happens, if I pull up system information (windows key + pause) I see that windows activation status is not available and my windows key is not available, but once I run the activator, then they both go back to normal. It's happened about 4 times, now. It doesn't cause any major issues for me, but it does worry me greatly.
My second problem is really confusing and I've asked a few other computer savvy people I know for help, but none seem to know what's going on. When I try to run any games in windowed mode, or even when I watch movies, I get triangular shapes on the screen. The shapes seems to be sections of the video that lag behind by a frame or two. There's nothing visually there, it's just that sections of the screen seem to lag behind, kind of like when you try to run a game on a really old system that can barely handle it, but the games don't push my system anywhere near its limit. Some of the games giving me this problem are Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (the first, not modern warfare 2), Borderlands, Assassin's Creed 2, and Just Cause 2. Also, when I attempt to play videos on my computer (from low resolution videos downloaded from youtube up to dvd's I put into my disc drive and run at high definition) have the problem. I've noticed the problem seems a bit worse in vlc media player than in windows media player, but the problems are still there. The sound plays just fine in all of these cases, but the video has those triangles where the video lags behind. They're not consistently there, but flash on the screen whenever there's a lot going on in the display.
Also, when I run my games in full screen, the problem seems to just disappear, though running videos in full screen has no effect (I believe videos don't actually run full screen in the same way games do, so I'm assuming that's why there's a difference). Also, with Modern Warfare, specifically, I get an error about one of my directx dll's, which I had memorized, but I'm drawing a blank it at the moment. I'll try to reproduce the error and post up the details of it tomorrow, as I'm on starbucks internet and they're going to close really soon. I've tried updating my video card drivers, rolling back to a previous driver and updating directx, but nothing seems to work.
Also, I'm not sure if it's of any consequence, but my laptop came with a hybrid video card (nvidia gt 420m and intel hd graphics) and dxdiag will only show me the intel hd graphics. It reports no errors, but I'll attach the report to this post, anyway, so you can see it.
NVidia GT 420M (1GB Dedicated VRAM)
4GB DDR3 RAM (1 - 6 GB Pagefile, system managed)
500 GB Hard Drive
Intel i3-370M (2.4GHZ, 3MB L3 cache)
Spybot Search & Destroy
Oh, as I mentioned, the Starbucks I'm using for internet is closing really soon, so I won't be able to reply to any posts on this thread till tomorrow, but I'll try to be on first thing to check for replies. Thanks so much for any help you can provide, you guys are so awesome to help people out like this. :D