I have a year-old Dell Inspiron laptop with a Core i3 processor and Intel HD graphics (more detailed specs available on request). I don't have cable, so it's serving as the primary media player on my giant Samsung TV. I have a really odd minor issue that I'd like to fix, but it's not critical. I've googled endlessly about this but the keywords are weirdly vague enough that I haven't found anyone describing an identical problem.
First, playing a video in VLC media player and using DirectX video output works flawlessly. Many other video output modes show tearing or stuttering for whatever reason, but that's normal in my experience (I like being able to configure things at a low level).
There are a few circumstances where an odd cosmetic issue manifests that I'd like to discuss:
- Playing videos on YouTube
- Displaying images on a webpage
- Having several windows open with a black window in front
I can post screenshots later when I'm at home but here's the best description I can provide in the meantime.
Here's what happens for the first two. If I am browsing the internet or watching a youtube video, and there's an image or part of the video that consists of a completely black area, a white or transparent squiggly line appears around the section of video or image that is completely black. For videos, this means that the line will move and come and go with motion in the video. For the third case, I have a semi-transparent terminal open in front of a browser window with an image with black regions. In this case, whatever's behind the black region of the browser window will show up brightly above the transparent terminal.
I have no clue whether this has something to do with the fact that I'm using a TV as a monitor, although I'm more inclined to think it's an odd issue with the video driver/chipset, even though (as I said before) video playback in a dedicated player does not have this issue when using DirectX output (maybe that's related somehow).
Hopefully someone knows what I'm talking about and can provide tips. Thanks!