Text on Vista HP laptop screen appears broken

December 14, 2011 at 12:14:32
Specs: WindowsVista Ultimate
I am having a unique problem with a laptop. The text appears "broken." By broken, I mean it looks like part of some letters are missing. My dad says it looks like a page from a typewriter that needs a new ribbon, but I am too young to have used typewriters.

Relevant facts:
- It is an HP laptop, and its graphics card is NVidia GeForce 7150M/nForce 630M
- When using Internet Explorer, the problem can be fixed by increasing the size of the font to 200%.
- On the desktop, some icons have a faint blue tinge over part of them. (e.g for Google Chrome, the "Chro" is white, and the m is blu-ish, and the e is white. the shade of blue matches what you see when you click on it)

- When the computer is accessed via LogMeIn, there are NO video issues.
- the screen was recently replaced.
- the problem is random. sometimes the font/color appears normal, though the problem does seem to be occuring more and more frequently.
- I have tried different screen resolutions, as well as increasing/decreasing the DPI. This does not help. I have also tried changing the settings in the Nvidia control panel. None of the settings I tried made any difference.

It's obviously not the video card (since it works on LogMeIn without issue) or the inverter (since the screen is having no dimming/"hard to see it") issues. I just put a new screen in. I am thinking by process of elimination, it must be the display cable. I am really hoping not, because this was a pain in the a** to get apart. I don't relish the thought of doing it again. Any other ideas?

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December 14, 2011 at 12:20:37
Try going to the HP site and updating the graphics drivers to the latest available.

Does this issue occur when in Windows Safe Mode? If you have not tried that yet then boot into safe mode by tapping F8 at start up and selecting Safe mode from the boot menu.

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December 15, 2011 at 10:35:33
Hold down CNTRL and press + once to see if situation improves.

CNTRL and - is the reverse of this.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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December 16, 2011 at 14:25:45
Yes, I didn't think of it, but starting the laptop in safe mode does make the text on the screen appear normal. It seems that if the resolution is decreased, the text appears better. I am updating the driver to see if that helps. It would be great if it did! Will post results as soon as I have them. Thank you for the helpful replies!

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December 16, 2011 at 14:33:31
Running the monitor in its native resolution usually results in the best results. This assumes you have an LCD type display.

I am not sure if cleartype is included in Vista or not but it may help if it isn't. See the link below for more on cleartype.


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December 21, 2011 at 05:55:35
Ok, I think the issue is resolved. I actually installed an older version of the video driver, and that seemed to do the trick. The computer has been running for days, and the text is normal. Thank you all for quickly responding, and helping me solve this problem.

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