Why do my desktop icons kept flashing?

July 14, 2014 at 07:41:46
Specs: Windows 64
When I turn my laptop on, the icons on my screen start flashing on and off. I can't get on the Internet at all so I don't know if I have a virus or not. The icons don't stop long enough to click on anything and the start button don't work when these are flashing. Would like to run a virus check but can't even get on that

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#1
July 14, 2014 at 09:37:52
Sounds more like an issue with your video card or video drivers. Try starting up in Safe Mode and see if it still happens. Press F8 while you laptop is booting to get to Safe Mode.

Windows 64 is not an operating system, what do you really have?


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#2
July 14, 2014 at 09:48:53
Back up your files and do a Factory Recovery.

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#3
July 14, 2014 at 10:34:06
So even after the icons stop flashing you still can't get onto the internet? What exactly happens when you try?

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#4
July 14, 2014 at 10:47:31
The icons don't stop flashing. I can't do anything. I still cant get on the internet

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#5
July 14, 2014 at 10:50:41
I have Windows 8

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#6
July 14, 2014 at 10:51:50
Does it do the same in Safe Mode? Usually you get there by tapping F8 key during boot up then select if from the list. If it's still the same from there the video card itself is a likely suspect.

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#7
July 14, 2014 at 10:56:08
I tried tapping the F8 key during boot, still nothing

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#8
July 14, 2014 at 11:13:40
I assume it still booted to Windows.

Did you start tapping F8 "immediately" you put the power on?

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#9
July 14, 2014 at 11:47:30
Further to my #8 above.

The problem we have right now, as I see it, is knowing whether this is a hardware or software problem. Safe Mode might have helped in this respect.

You can do a factory recovery as already suggested but this won't help at all if it is a hardware fault. This is an unusual symptom to be a driver issue and it is my belief you have a hardware fault - most likely the video card.

One way to prove it is to create a Live Linux CD on another computer. This does not "install" and simply runs between CD and RAM. If you still get the flashing icons then it is a hardware fault. I can help further with the Live Linux CD if you wish.

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#10
July 14, 2014 at 12:01:10
Sorry this in Windows 8 not 7

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#11
July 14, 2014 at 12:41:18
OK, here's how to get into Safe Mode on Win 8 (some options):
http://www.howtogeek.com/107511/how...

I'll ask the mods to transfer this thread to the Win8 forum.

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#12
July 14, 2014 at 13:30:23
Here's a discussion with solutions that helped some:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...

If you can't do anything from the desktop on a normal boot, as already mentioned, see if you can boot to safe mode and try the suggestions.

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#13
July 14, 2014 at 13:56:44
DAVE
Yeah, I did initially think about an iconcache issue but not being able to get various programs to run didn't fit too well.

Rockie
Did this happened recently? If so you could try a normal System Restore to point just before it happened. If things still don't work it would point more to a hardware issue.

Another option is Startup Repair:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3YT...

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#14
July 14, 2014 at 14:26:33
Yeah, that link had several different posters. Some seemed to be able to access programs, others couldn't. So maybe they had different causes. Besides the iconcache fix, uninstalling WebEx worked for some.

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