Desktop flicker when browsing through files.

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
December 24, 2009 at 11:14:53
Specs: Windows 7
When I browse through files on my new laptop, fresh installed with Windows 7, the desktop below the window (and sometimes the window itself) flicker to negative colors (so the blue background flickers to yellow) and then back again. It's nothing huge, but it's very annoying.
Any help on fixing this problem would be very much appreciated. I've tried setting display options to their optimum performance settings, but that didn't help, everything's actually running fine and I'm having no other troubles. It's just a very annoying little problem that really makes the computer look messy and virus ridden, which it shouldn't do, since I've only had it about 3 days.
Processor: Intel Pentium T4300
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Memory: 4096MB DDR2 RAM
Hard Drive: 500GB (Of which, over 400GB is still free.)
Wireless: 802.11b/g
Graphics: Integrated Intel Mobile 4 series

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December 24, 2009 at 11:48:56
I had that exact problem a few days ago after updating some Windows files. Try waiting a day or two--in my case, the Explorer-flickering bug disappeared the next day.

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December 24, 2009 at 12:43:39
Ok, this is the second day of it, but thanks. :)

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December 25, 2009 at 01:14:48
Windows 7 needs a service pack fast.

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December 27, 2009 at 16:14:36
This is still happening :S Any suggestions?

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December 27, 2009 at 16:45:01
It sounds like you recently installed Windows 7 on an existing system... If this is correct, then you may need updated drivers for your motherboard (with graphics) the will properly support Windows 7. Since it is a laptop, try the manufacturer's website under support/downloads and look for/enter your exact model number, download and install.
If not available or does not help, try the board manufacturer (if this info is readily available) and/or use windows update, they may also have had similar reports and have updates to solve.

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December 28, 2009 at 08:47:39
Possibly, lately my Windows Update hasn't allowed me to download updates for some reason, but I did a system restore and now it is, and updates are downloading as I type, although the negative flicker still persisted, I'll post after I reboot to allow the updates to take affect with news of whether or not they fix the problem. :)

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December 28, 2009 at 09:45:02
OK, downloaded and installed the updates, the problem still persists. Here's the spec of my laptop, I searched the manufacturer and couldn't find any drivers to download.

Advent Roma 3000
Processor: Intel Pentium T4300
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
Hard Drive: 500GB (400GB of which is free.)
Optical Drive: DVD +/- RW
Wireless: 802.11b/g
Graphics: Integrated Intel Mobile 4 Series

This info is from the sticker on my laptop, I'm not the most computer savvy, but I've got some knowledge.

I bought the laptop with Windows 7 already installed, and my dad bought Norton 360 with it, I told him I didn't want to install it, and wanted to use Windows Defender/Firewall and AVG Free. Although I doubt this is the root of the problem, just stating more info.

Thanks for any help, please help.

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January 3, 2010 at 12:32:04
Hi all, finally figured out the problem. It appeared that any system sound events would trigger this negative flicker of the screen. Why? I don't know, but I disabled system sounds, and now there's no more flicker! :D

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January 3, 2010 at 13:56:56
That's one of the weirder causes behind screen flicker I've heard in a while. Glad you sorted it though!

I agree with suatcini. Windows 7 definitely needs a Service Pack wheeled out to deal with some of the bugs. I've noticed quite a few really strange issues that I would never have connected to what was causing them.

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