Alright, so, fun fun fun fun fun fun fun FUN problem (I'm enraged at the moment). Had it for months. This close to sending this laptop with it's demon-spawn of an operating system (Windows 8) straight back to HP to have it fixed. But I digress; the problem. Images, web browsers, videos, games, icons for games, icons for programs, sample images, the tiny image that pops up when you hover your mouse over the left hand corner, EVERYTHING is pixelated! Not unbearably, but noticeably. It's as if the resolution on everything has been broken, like everything is stretched out of proportion. In games, it's like the anti-aliasing has decided to take a vacation. There has never been a more wretched hive of graphical errors and unnecessary lag as in my computer. It would be enough if it just affected games, wouldn't it? But oh no. Not this problem. It's like, "Screw it, imma mess everything else up too. Hey, you like that image on some random website, probably of a cat or something? SOILED IT." Everything has jagged edges, everything has weird shading issues; I can deal with it, but I'd rather not have to. I've done everything this computer will let me: I ran a system recovery which promised to wipe my settings but leave my files untouched (spoiler alert: it didn't), I've run a factory reset that, PLOT TWIST, wasn't the actual factory reset! I ran the REAL factory reset (I made a set of nifty disks and all), pretty much made my computer brand-new, and the problem STILL REMAINS. It may be a software issue, it may have ONCE BEEN a software issue, but has now ascended into the realm of the heavenly HARDWARE ISSUES, where none but the savviest of computer repairmen dare go. I honestly have no idea, and I've thrown this problem around tons and TONS of forums, still to no avail.
It's an HP ENVY dv6t
Intel Core i7-3630QM CPU, 2.4 GHz processor
16 GB RAM (totally unnecessary)
nVidia GeForce GT 635M Graphics card
Honestly, if it were a hardware issue, my only guess is it's something to do with the way my graphics card talks to my laptop's screen, but I don't know, I'm not a computer mechanic. That's why I'm asking you guys.
PS: I know the reason this all started. It's from a stupid Auto Clicking program I was an idiot to use. It's harmless to open and start, but the thing has a setting on it that says something like, "Go into Windows XP graphics style" or something, and that's what I assume caused the whole problem. I could open the program to check what the setting is actually called, seeing as it's harmless if you don't start it, but I'm still afraid of it. I'll attach the thing if any of you think it'll do any good.
Edited by SoDoneWithComputers, 27 March 2014 - 06:52 PM.