Graphics go wanky after game install.

Toshiba satellite a105 s2... / Psaaku-00906
September 2, 2009 at 23:26:06
Specs: win98, 750 amd arhlon
I installed a game, earth 2150. It wants to install media player. I guess this is just to play the intro movie, that doesn't work anyway.

So I let it install windows media player and the default stuff that came with it "mpeg-4" codec" "midi-file" and other stuff like that.

For some reason after this, my graphics are all funky, any and all images have shadows of some kind that point right and alternate dark and light.

My simple solid colored backdrop looks all wavy and weird while loading. Likewise when I highlight text, there are dark and light wavy patterns that go up and down in the highlight.


I can't imagine how the game and media player install would have anything to do with this, but it started immediately after it, so it must be connected. I have tried uninstalling the media player, (it will only allow me to revert to a earlier version) and the game- Earth 2150, but that did not fix it. I even tried uninstalling the codec, though online instructions for this didn't exactly fit, it had no effect as well.(though I don't know for sure if I even managed to uninstall the codec)

A picture of the problem as I see it, I hope it shows in the picture. Another one for thoroughness.

P.S.
I see it lists some random manufacturer for my computer, well ignore that. I built this PC myself. Except it wouldn't let me leave that blank. I tried putting "built myself" but it didn't take for some reason.


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#1
September 3, 2009 at 05:07:46
Did you get the game up and running? If so, did it play as expected?

I am not a gamer but my guess would be that some settings in the graphics card have been reset by the game. Which settings would depend on the game and the abilities of the card.

I notice you are running a pretty old processor. Did you verify your hardware meets the minimum requirements for the game?


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#2
September 3, 2009 at 12:51:32
I was helping someone find the sherlock holmes theme for their desktop and ended up installing it on one of my PCs. It made all kinds of changes to the desktop that stayed even after I removed it. As I recall I had to do a scanreg/restore to get things back to normal.

If you're not familiar with restoring a previous registry, you need to start up the PC and, before the OS starts to load, start tapping F8. A boot menu should come up. Choose 'safe mode command prompt only'. Then at the c:\> prompt type scanreg/restore and enter. Choose a registry to restore from a date just before you installed the game.

Afterwards you may need to reinstall WMP as scanreg only restores a previous registry--not any deleted files or software.

Also, normally only the last 5 registries--one for each new day you start the PC--are kept so if it's been longer than that a registry restore won't help.


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#3
September 3, 2009 at 12:53:13
The game ran fine, other then the opening movie thing not working. But research into that opening movie suggests its hard for alot of people to get it to work.

What difference would it make if the game met sys req anyways? The issue is ordinary graphics outside the game, like that of a simple printed page and so on. Actually, I don't see any graphics problems at all in the game itself, which uses 3d graphics BTW.

Did you look at the pictures I posted? Do you see the graphics problem that I speak of in them?


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#4
September 3, 2009 at 13:56:05
Another oddity, after installing the game, I see a C prompt at part of the loading, when I didn't before.

I tried what you suggested, DAVEINCAPS. But most of the listed saved previous stated resulted in "system restore operation failed" which then caused the entry to vanish. One of the only ones that didn't do this wasn't old enough to be of any good anyway.

Got anything else I can try? Might reinstalling the graphics card driver help?


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#5
September 3, 2009 at 14:37:00
When you get the 'restore failed' message try rebooting and doing it again. The attempt may create a new file and delete the oldest but the rest should still be there.

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#6
September 3, 2009 at 16:02:05
I tried that dave, there is no longer any restore points older then today listed when I do this, and I know this issue started at least a few days ago.

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#7
September 3, 2009 at 16:40:40
hobbes

Just to say that I saw no problem with your images.
Maybe this will tell you something.

some other bloke...


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#8
September 3, 2009 at 17:11:29
Is "some other bloke..." meant to be a link? It doesn't work like one for me.

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#9
September 3, 2009 at 17:35:26
Nah, its just my screwball signature.

some other bloke...


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#10
September 3, 2009 at 17:47:14
hobbes

I don't see anything wrong with the two links either.

Do you use CRT or LCD monitor? Either way, check the refresh rate. 60Hz is fine for LCD but a CRT should be a minimum of 72/75Hz.


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#11
September 3, 2009 at 18:48:13
CRT, refresh was set to adapter default, optimized is also another option. The highest setting is 75, I set it to that, it made no difference. I can't imagine what connection there would be between refresh rate and major image shadows that pull very far to the right, anyway.

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#12
September 3, 2009 at 18:53:39
The wavyness you describe can be a result of low refresh rates. The shadowing you describe sounds like features in direct X or Direct draw. What graphics card do you have?

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#13
September 3, 2009 at 19:51:50
Radeon 8500 64mb, I don't think the game would change the refresh rate.

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#14
September 3, 2009 at 20:12:05
Well, not to be argumentative but you are the one that thinks the game changed something, I am just throwing out ideas. If you don't know what got changed it does no good to speculate on what you think the game may have done.

I know games will change resolutions and setup shaders, direct X settings, etc.

Go into those settings in your driver package and see if you can reset to defaults. I don't game so I don't have much experience with those settings. I am just aware they exist.


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#15
September 3, 2009 at 22:00:03
I apologize. It does make sense to blame the last change to happen before the problem started though, doesn't it?

I have tried all sorts of changes to my graphics driver to no effect. I think most all of them aren't even applicable to basic graphics operation but only to more advanced game graphics stuff. If I set the graphics acceleration low enough, it even disables my graphics driver. But this has no effect on basic graphics.


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#16
September 4, 2009 at 08:34:30
Anything odd looking in DX diagnostics (dxdiag from Run box)?

Any errors showing in Control Panel > System > Sound Video & Game Controllers?

Sorry if this has already been said - I haven't re-read the whole post (just rushing past LOL).

some other bloke...


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#17
September 4, 2009 at 19:04:30
Nope, those are fine as far as I can tell.

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#18
September 5, 2009 at 00:26:57
(made a mistake posting but can't delete post)

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#19
September 5, 2009 at 08:02:25
hobbes

The links to jpg's you posted above don't look bad to at least two of us. Do you see shadows in those screen shots?

Shadowing is controlled by settings in your graphics card drivers.

Have you tried a different monitor on that system?

Doesn't make sense that you see things that we don't in the same screen shots.


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#20
September 5, 2009 at 10:20:53
Thinking aloud, if your links to the pics display normally (from our view) then the graphics card output to the system is OK.

This kinda leaves Monitor or its connections as the likely culprit. The only other possibility is something awry between your card and the output socket to your monitor, which might involve some other part of your graphics card (output section) or screen settings somewhere.

If you can attach another monitor it would take that out of the equation one way or another.

some other bloke...


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