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Ghost frame on desktop

by pbhill / February 14, 2010 12:04 AM PST

I have a ghost image, a frame really, on my desktop that I can't seem to get rid of. Any ideas?

Systemax with XP pro SP3
Intel 945GPM
2 GB memory

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Not really
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 14, 2010 4:57 AM PST
In reply to: Ghost frame on desktop

Can you supply a screen print, or more details?


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Ghost in the machine
by pbhill / February 15, 2010 5:57 AM PST
In reply to: Not really

Strange... When I take a screenshot, it doesn't show up.
It's the shadowed frame of the log-in box I believe. It won't go away.

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If the screen shot is clean
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2010 6:05 AM PST
In reply to: Ghost in the machine

It's likely to be the LCD display. Try another.

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by pbhill / February 15, 2010 6:08 AM PST

Naw, It's a dual boot system and I don't have the ghost on Linux.
Actually I tried a different screen capture and have it saved, but I don't see a way to post it...

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Then settings.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2010 6:11 AM PST
In reply to: Frame

Lower the resolution and drop the frame rate. What happens as monitors age is some lose the upper end of their operation range.

These settings seem harder for today's users to find. I can't explain why that is.

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Screen prints
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 15, 2010 6:58 PM PST
In reply to: Frame

If Tufenuf's suggestion doesn't work, post your screen print to one of the image hosting sites available. Many use Photobucket, ImageShack or Flickr.

When you post the URL, (web address), into a new post here, make sure you post the URL to the full size image and not to any thumbnail image that the hosting site first displays.

Since you've been able to take a screen print I would assume this is not a problem with the monitor itself. Unless you took an external screen print of the whole monitor, eg with a digital camera.


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by Steven Haninger / February 15, 2010 6:09 AM PST
In reply to: Ghost in the machine

If you have a CRT and say it's shaped like the login screen, it could be "burn-in". This would happen if you spend lots of time logged out and have no screen saver.

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by pbhill / February 15, 2010 6:15 AM PST
In reply to: LCD or CRT?

A fairly new one.
It wouldn't be burn in as it only shows on the desktop, not other windows.

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Re: Frame
by Tufenuf / February 15, 2010 7:23 AM PST
In reply to: Frame

pbhill, Go into Display Properties>Desktop tab, click the Customize Desktop button and under the Web tab make sure that ALL boxes are unchecked, click OK/Apply/OK.


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