Colour changing

March 29, 2010 at 03:30:09
Specs: Windows XP HomeXP3, Pentium 4 and 1.5gb
I can't believe what happened to me. I was downloading and my system just hung. All of a sudden my colour scheme changed altogeter. In Display I now have only about 6 colours available. How did this happen and what can I do about it. All my efforts to return to my previous setup was to no avail. Btw how can I return to a start-up 5 hours ago.?

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Dawie

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#1
March 29, 2010 at 05:22:48
In Windows XP there's a feature called Windows System Restore, this will restore your OS to a state previously saved by either you or Microsoft Windows.

Follow these instructions to restore:

1. Start Menu > Run
2. Type or paste in.. %SystemRoot%\System32\restore\rstrui.exe ..then press enter
3. You should be on the System Restore program, proceed to the option labled "Restore my computer to an earlier time"
4. Chose the appropriate restore point and continue

Once you've finished, it's VERY important you run a virus scan on every HDD, and make sure you use updated Anti-Virus software. AVG with the latest upgrades would suffice. If you perform the scan from Safe Mode, you'll have a higher chance of catching and removing a possible infection.

In future, whenever you have downloaded something, I reccomend you scan whatever it is. Also, make sure your Anti-Virus software is updated.

Best of luck.

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March 29, 2010 at 12:48:44
Hi Akuma.
Thanks for responding. I did what you suggested but nothing changed. Its eerie. I can't imagine what happened. I have he weardest of colours to my disposal. It includes a bright orange, bright blue, white, gray and the rest is dark.
Any more suggestions?

Dawie

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#3
March 29, 2010 at 12:57:43
Just a follow-up. I changed my desktop colour to Green but it only shows on the left hand side. Towards the righthand side it changes t dark almost black. It is like a fluorescent tube where the one side is bright but the other end is dead.

Dawie

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#4
March 29, 2010 at 14:58:14
That is more than likely what is happening. If your monitor is a flat screen then it is possible that the back-light is failing and you may be looking at a new monitor.

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#5
March 30, 2010 at 00:36:59
Hi Ewan. That is only applicable to the desktop where the light green turns blackish towards the other. On a webpage the left is white slowly fading into a light pink to pink but still ok to read what's written. But where do all this bright orange and blue come from? Couldn't I rectify it by reinstalling the VGA card or something? Advice appreciated.

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#6
March 30, 2010 at 10:03:29
Wow, that is eerie. Um, well a typical diagnostic then, would be to test your PC with a different monitor before doing anything else.

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#7
March 30, 2010 at 11:29:06
Yep, very weird. On the face of it the monitor or the display card are most likely possibilities. If the system hang is related it's slightly easier to imagine the display card doing it (although unusual).


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#8
April 3, 2010 at 13:02:17
I have done a clean installation but the colour system remains the same. Can it be that my monitor has konked in? Is it worth repairing?

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#9
April 3, 2010 at 13:23:25
Monitors are not usually worth repairing.

Is there any chance of trying your monitor on someone else's machine, or yours on theirs? It would be good to eliminate it from the equation (or incriminate it LOL).


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April 6, 2010 at 01:58:29
Hi Derek. Yes I will do that. That will show up whether the monitor is the culprit. Thanks for your input.

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