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Frequent computer flickering plus other chaos all at once l

[Dell desktop around 5ish years old; Win10; Thunderbird & Gmail; Google Chrome & Firefox; MS Edge which I don't know how to get rid of....]

My computer flickers frequently all over my 2 email programs, WordPad, Google Chrome, Firefox, the cursor...even in some websites too - impossible to complete any work. Almost always all at the same time.

Also vertical scroll bar at the right margin suddenly rushes down at maximum speed, by itself, taking with it all or part of any text or picture I happen to have, or in the middle of my typing or any other task I happen to be doing.

It does 101 chaotic things, like rapidly changing the pages, and/or files multiply themselves and trying to delete them generates more multiples ... and yes I lost many files through this thing. Sad

I had a techie come and (my luck) my stupid computer didn't do anything so he left. He told me he's never seen what I described and he has to see it. So how can I be sure that the next techie I call has already experienced it, or that he sees it when he arrives?

I'm desperate, this is maddening and hope someone in this helpful forum maybe has seen or experienced this weird conduct and could somehow help me? Thanks so very much! Happy

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Since it's in browsers, try this setting.

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Frequent computer flickering plus other chaos all at once l

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Thank you very much and I'll try your suggestion as to change the browser, but this problem I've been having for years first with Internet Explorer, then Firefox and now Chrome and no one could help resolve it, so from time to time it REALLY gets on my nerves and try, again, to seek help. I forgot to add that I don't play any games or do any graphics at all outside of sometimes copying/pasting some pics from email I receive or from some websites. Would this prompt you to see other solutions maybe? Oh I'm so unsavvy on these mysterious machines.... Sad

Thanks again for trying to help me and maybe there are other means to resolve this problem?

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Other means can be costly.

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If it's the usual it's usually the setting or the driver. I don't have any other fixes short of changing the GPU or monitor (if it's the monitor.)

Usually and if it's the usual, the setting is all that I need to change.

You may ask why so here's the story. Many years ago the browsers did not tap graphics acceleration so when they did, issues popped up since a lot of PCs have a less than perfect driver.

Since most users can't update the driver for many reasons, the disable setting is used to make the browser work like it did before the change.

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"Other means can be costly."?

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Thank you again especially for explaining about the browsers' issues too. I've been trying to find the Hardware Acceleration in Chrome almost the entire afternoon as it wasn't easy to find and...also because of this flickering. Finally I found Settings and went into Advance, Privacy & Security, etc. and the closest I saw is: "Use hardware acceleration when available" but it was already off. I know you said other than this, to change the GPU or monitor, so:

A few weeks ago I bought a laptop and wonder if I could use its monitor though it would be laptop vs. dekstop? But 2 things: 1) I'm not too familiar with the laptop yet, and 2) I've forgotten the password to enter it, besides finding its print too tiny. If you and/or anyone else in this thread could help with these questions too I'll be most grateful

Being that the hardware acceleration is already off (if this is the right one) would changing the driver help? If so, could you tell me which driver and how to find and change it?

Thousand thanks for being so kind and helpful! Happy

P.S. Forgot to tell you the flickering happens about 90% in the email programs Thunderbird and Gmail and about 80% in the browsers.

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You won't know till you try.

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Next up is the video driver, settings and the monitor.

Password issues? When you ask you have to reveal if it's a BIOS or Windows password. For the BIOS the fix is machine specific and often requires the maker to help. For Windows I use the (google this) UTLIMAN.EXE trick.

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"Other means can be costly."?

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Hi R. Proffitt and my deep thanks to you again! I just found the password (and it is Windows) so one less problem, lol!

Then the next step you suggest is to update the drivers for the video, for the settings and for the monitor? Will appreciate telling me where to go to do these please? If not, could you tell me how to ask on the internet? Many a time wrong worded questions bring wrong answers. Grin

I don't know whether my laptop and desktop monitors are GPU or CPU, but is it possible to try my desktop monitor on the laptop to see whether the monitor is the culprit?

I'm sorry to bother you so much, and thanks again!

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What I meant by costly.

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Many many thanks!!! :)

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As to your last paragraph, the laptop doesn't have flickering so far though I haven't yet put in an email program, so I'll concentrate on the sick desktop. You say that to test my desktop monitor it should be on another desktop? Oh I understand now so I'll get to work instead on the drivers because I don't have anyone with a desktop that I could try it on.

Thanks again a million for your guidance! Happy

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Monitors can be tested

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On many things. I can test the usual 1080p monitor on a laptop, desktop, DVD player, my Raspberry PI and what else? The idea is to see if the issue follows the monitor.

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Can I do drivers before testing monitor?

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I don't know what 1080p is but mine is a Dell 17", so do I unplug this monitor USB and plug it into my laptop USB? It's very clear now. I'll do it although I haven't yet installed an email program which is where this flickering happens mostly. The reason why is that I'm unhappy with Thunderbird and Gmail and I was trying to find one I can live with.

Until I install an email program on the laptop, can I go and get the new drivers? Thank you! Happy

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Your choice.

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Always your choice. I do the driver work first.

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