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Shadow of Icon (?) won't disappear from desktop screen


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#1 TransmentalSpaceCat

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 05:46 PM

I am using Windows 8 on a Lenova Thinkpad and have a strange visual defect in the upper left hand corner that looks a little bit like a half drawn shadow for an icon that no longer exists. See attached.
 
I am pretty sure this is a software problem.
 
Interesting factoids:
 
When I move an IE window in front of it, it gets covered up.
When I change the resolution, it's still there.
When I rotate the screen (using NVidia's Control Panel), the aberration rotates with the screen. It doesn't stay in the same spot.
When I add a new wallpaper, it's still there.
 
I have tried rebooting and before I do anything like reinstalling, I wanted to check and see if there was an easy solve here. It doesn't seem to effect anything, it just drives me crazy.

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#2 TransmentalSpaceCat

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 05:55 PM

Apologies, posted in the wrong forum, unsure how to move. Add it to my list of problems :P


Edited by TransmentalSpaceCat, 05 July 2014 - 05:59 PM.


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 07:27 PM

Hi,

The way to get messages moved is to use the 'Report' feature. Click on it and leave your message. A moderator will get it and take the necessary action.

Not sure what to suggest on the display. I'd try updating or reinstalling the graphics drivers to see if that helps.

Keep us posted


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Posted 05 July 2014 - 09:00 PM

Excellent, thanks!



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Posted 06 July 2014 - 01:50 PM

Not sure why you want it moved...but...uninstall your current video drivers, then reinstall same.  Then, run the chkdsk /r command.

 

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 02:17 PM

Originally, I had this posted in hardware and wasn't sure if that was the right place.

At any rate, I reinstalled the drivers and that worked. Running check disk now.

 

Thanks everyone.



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Posted 06 July 2014 - 04:05 PM

Please post back to confirm that all is well

Then stay well  and surf safe


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 04:58 PM

Yup, that worked like a charm. The artifact disappeared from the screen.

 

Thx!

 

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 07:41 PM

Any time

One of us will be here when you need us. Til then

Stay well and surf safe


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Posted 06 July 2014 - 10:45 PM

Argh, I spoke too soon. It's back.

 

It's in the same spot as before.

 

It was completely fine and not it's back. I haven't really done much today except surf the internet. :(



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Posted 07 July 2014 - 07:54 AM

OK, you're picking it up from something that happens as you use the system. Have you gone in and flushed the cache and temp files folders?

One other possibility is that in the past something stayed there long enough to burn the image into the screen. I thought that problem had been solved and haven't worried about it in years, maybe decades.

What is the effect of a resolution change?

Do you have another card, so we can try to separate care and monitor as the problem?

Thanks


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:20 PM

When I change the resolution, it's still there.

 

When I rotate the screen (using NVidia's software), the anomaly rotates right with it.

 

One thing I haven't done is clean out all the garbage from my cache and whatnot. I will give that a try and then reinstall the driver again.

 

Thx!

j






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