Start menu flashes rapidly

March 4, 2013 at 14:34:04
Specs: Windows 7, 4Gb
When i log on to Windows (7) and click the start menu it flashes up on screen for a split second then goes. When ever i click it happens again. I have to press any button on the keyboard for it to come up.

Also, i cant move the icons on my desktop anymore or drag files around.

This is a fresh install of windows 7. Bitdefender shows no viruses.


SPECS if you want them:


Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
AMD A8-5600K 60 °C
Trinity 32nm Technology
RAM
4.00 GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 803MHz (9-9-10-24)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. F2A55-M LK (FM2 )
Graphics
Generic Non-PnP Monitor (1024x768@1Hz)
Standard VGA Graphics Adapter
Hard Drives
932GB Hitachi HDS721010CLA332 ATA Device (SATA) 42 °C
932GB SAMSUNG HD103UJ ATA Device (SATA) 34 °C
Optical Drives
ATAPI iHAS124 B ATA Device
Audio
High Definition Audio Device


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#1
March 4, 2013 at 16:14:57
You should followup on your other post rather than starting a new one.

http://www.computing.net/answers/cp...

Please answer the following questions:

- is the 60C CPU temp at idle or under load? If it's at idle, it's way too high & probably means your heatsink/fan isn't installed correctly. It should idle in the high 20s to low 30s. See the following:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.p...

- why are you running just one stick of RAM? Single channel mode is hurting overall system performance.
- have you installed the AMD graphics drivers? It doesn't appear so because your graphics are listed as "Standard VGA Graphics Adapter" rather than AMD Radeon HD 7560D.
- do you have a CRT/tube type monitor or an LCD/flat panel? The resolution (1024x768@1Hz) is way out of whack. This could be due to the fact that you haven't installed the Radeon drivers. The "1Hz" is definitely wrong, regardless of the monitor type. Please post the make/model/model number of your monitor so we can tell you want the resolution setting should be.

It appears you have a LOT of problems that needs addressing. Who assembled this thing?


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#2
March 4, 2013 at 22:46:29
Try it with out your keyboard connected to your computer.

Anyone can replicate this by holding your esc key, btw


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#3
March 5, 2013 at 05:07:32
Riider, if you've read my previous questions you'll know that i had a CMOS virus. I ended up buying a new motherboard. It came prebuilt with heatsink, fan, RAM installed etc. My previous build was done by me and ran perfectly for years. It wasnt until a guest at my house got access to my PC that all this crap started happening to it.

So are you saying i should buy another 4gb of RAM?
As for AMD graphics drivers, do i install them from their website?
I dont know how to find the idle temperature of the CPU.
The monitor is an LCD model. It's LG Premium Artistic Series LX40.

Your help is greatly appeciated.


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#4
March 5, 2013 at 12:24:48
So.... is your ESC key stuck or what? I want to know what happened with your start button and folder issues.

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#5
March 5, 2013 at 16:03:35
"if you've read my previous questions you'll know that i had a CMOS virus"

Yes, I saw that post but didn't bother to respond to it. Based on your explanation, I highly doubt you had a CMOS virus. That is extremely rare & doesn't happen from clicking a link at a website. And even if it did become infected, flashing the BIOS would have removed it. That was explained to you in the other post. Regardless, you didn't go that route & replaced the motherboard instead.

"So are you saying i should buy another 4gb of RAM?"

Yes. And the new 4GB stick needs to match the stick you have. It should be the same speed, timings, & voltage. It doesn't necessarily need to be the same brand, but if you can find the exact same make/model, it would take the guesswork out of it.

"As for AMD graphics drivers, do i install them from their website?"

You shouldn't even have to ask that question. Of course that's where you'll find the drivers. Here they are: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownlo...

"I dont know how to find the idle temperature of the CPU"

How did you come up with 60C then? The temp readings are found in the BIOS or you can install a hardware monitoring program such as ASUS PC Probe or HWMonitor:

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmo...

"The monitor is an LCD model. It's LG Premium Artistic Series LX40"

That's not the model number, that's the series. From what I could find, it's probably an LG Flatron L1740B. If that's correct, the native screen resolution is 1280x1024@60Hz. Anything other than that will give poor quality display.


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#6
March 6, 2013 at 05:41:15
No the ESC key is not stuck. Ive read on other sites that that's supposed to fix it but it doesnt.

The reason i beleived there was a CMOS virus was because anything i changed in the BIOS was overrided. Such as the date and time and certain options had been disabled.
Drivers have been installed from the website and things look a lot better. My only glitch at the mo is the not being able to move icons and start menu flickering on screen then going away when i click start. i have to press the spacebar to make it reappear.

I got the CPU temperature by using speccy. I've reapplied thermal paste and the temperature has gone down to the 40's now.


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#7
March 6, 2013 at 13:57:01
"The reason i beleived there was a CMOS virus was because anything i changed in the BIOS was overrided. Such as the date and time and certain options had been disabled"

That's a good indication that the CMOS battery is bad, not a CMOS virus.

"I've reapplied thermal paste and the temperature has gone down to the 40's now"

The temp is still high. You should have used the "middle dot method":

http://www.gophermods.com/images/gm...

http://www.arcticsilver.com/PDF/app...

As for the flashing, did you try a different keyboard?


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#8
March 6, 2013 at 14:03:38
So, you did try your computer with out the keyboard connected? Is this correct?

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#9
March 7, 2013 at 02:26:08
Yes, that is correct.

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#10
March 7, 2013 at 04:12:42
This is very strange. Try to boot of a linux disc and see if you still have an interface problem.

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