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Computer help *please*
6/19/13 | me

Posted on 06/19/2013 1:57:39 PM PDT by texas_mrs

We had a computer serviceman here this morning and while he made the repairs I requested, now my computer doesn't look anything like it did and it is SO distracting, I can't stay focused on my work. On many websites, the text is blue, and on a spreadsheet the appearance is SO plain and I don't seem to be able to add color to the columns. The taskbar at the bottom is all different as well as the menu bar at the top. Should I try a 'restore'?


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1 posted on 06/19/2013 1:57:39 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: texas_mrs

Kinda sounds like the number of colors in the display has been changed in the graphics driver. Like maybe reduced from 16 million to 256 colors? What kind of computer? Windows?


2 posted on 06/19/2013 1:59:24 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: texas_mrs

Don’t worry, the NSA will fix it tonight while you sleep.


3 posted on 06/19/2013 2:00:32 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (What difference does it make?)
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To: texas_mrs

Call the repair guy and say come back and fix this problem you caused.


4 posted on 06/19/2013 2:00:37 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: texas_mrs

Call the service company, have them send a different technician and have them put it back the way it was.


5 posted on 06/19/2013 2:00:59 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: texas_mrs
If nothing he fixed this AM would be affected, I would go for it.

However if he made a change to restore function, then no.

6 posted on 06/19/2013 2:01:47 PM PDT by Not now, Not ever! (Girlfriend suggested I use pelosi in place of swear words, A good idea, I think)
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To: texas_mrs
If your tech support guy looks like this guy, that might be the start of your problem....


7 posted on 06/19/2013 2:01:51 PM PDT by llevrok (We are in a new Cold War. At home.)
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To: texas_mrs

right click an empty spot on the desktop and select Personalize (Windows 7).

You can set the screen properties from there.


8 posted on 06/19/2013 2:02:46 PM PDT by dmz
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To: texas_mrs

One quick thing to check - make sure the hookup to the monitor is firmly seated at both ends. A loose connection can cause something like what you’re seeing, and it happens a lot when someone disconnects a monitor to work on a ‘puter.


9 posted on 06/19/2013 2:03:17 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Yes, Windows 7 Home Premium. I think you are correct. I will look at that.

To the rest of you, we are WAY out in the country, this guy always does a great job, so I hate to call him back, but I will if I have to.


10 posted on 06/19/2013 2:03:44 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: texas_mrs

Mrs Texas, if that’s your real name, ignore the jokers, click on Control Panel, then on Appearance and Personalization, then you’re on your own.


11 posted on 06/19/2013 2:04:09 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: llevrok

You know, I don’t say “Thank God for underwear” very often, but this time, oooooh yeah.


12 posted on 06/19/2013 2:04:21 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: llevrok
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Dear Lord! Why'd you do that?


13 posted on 06/19/2013 2:04:58 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: texas_mrs
Are you logged in?

(an old FR meme that many people will remember)

14 posted on 06/19/2013 2:06:38 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: texas_mrs

Type operating system and computer?


15 posted on 06/19/2013 2:06:48 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: texas_mrs

If it is a windows 7 or probably any windows go to start, then control panel then Appearance and personalization. Then you set it to how you want it to look. These may not be the exact words for every computer, but if you check around you should find something similar.


16 posted on 06/19/2013 2:07:09 PM PDT by Spunky
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To: llevrok

HEY ! Where did you get my photo from ?


17 posted on 06/19/2013 2:08:00 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: llevrok
Actually, the guy REALLY looks like Latka from Taxi and has very similar mannerisms :)


18 posted on 06/19/2013 2:08:53 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: texas_mrs

Something along these lines:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/258-color-bit-depth-display-settings.html


19 posted on 06/19/2013 2:11:06 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: texas_mrs

Are you using windows or a mac? What browser are you using? info info info


20 posted on 06/19/2013 2:11:45 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: texas_mrs

What repairs did he make?

If you do a system restore, the repairs he made might get undone - like any new drivers and such.

So are we just talking about the way Internet Explorer and Excel look on your computer screen, or something else?

The latest version of IE is 10. Or are you using a different browser?

Or how about trying a new Theme?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/rabbits-download-theme


21 posted on 06/19/2013 2:17:07 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: llevrok

Hey! I do my best work in my underwear!


22 posted on 06/19/2013 2:19:47 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: llevrok

I wonder how long it’s been since that guy has seen his hard drive?


23 posted on 06/19/2013 2:21:46 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (What difference does it make?)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda; Yosemitest; smokingfrog; All

I’ve got it fixed now.
I went to “personalization” and selected the “windows” theme. Thanks for all your advice everyone,
I always know I’ll get answers here :)


24 posted on 06/19/2013 2:22:42 PM PDT by texas_mrs
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I love how your mullet morphs into your back hair. Way cool.


25 posted on 06/19/2013 2:26:04 PM PDT by llevrok (We are in a new Cold War. At home.)
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To: texas_mrs

Is the problem just with your web browser or the whole thing? If just the web browser, which one are you using?


26 posted on 06/19/2013 2:26:34 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: texas_mrs

A restore might be what the tech did to cause the changes.

What did he work on?

Desktop or laptop?

Does the screen seem less clear?

It might be he changed the resolution on your monitor.


27 posted on 06/19/2013 2:29:41 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (A bad hair day is not a mental issue, or is it?)
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To: texas_mrs

Bless You. :-]


28 posted on 06/19/2013 2:29:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
"Are you using windows or a mac? "

If she'd been using a Mac, she wouldn't have had to call the repairman in the first place.

29 posted on 06/19/2013 2:34:18 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: texas_mrs

before looking at the graphics driver itself

try

from that globe thingy in the bottom left corner

click on the globe

click on Control Panel

clck om Hardware and Sound

click on Display

and there you will find menu items for/for adjusting

Resolution (screen resolution)

Calibrate Color

Change Display Settings

Adjust Clear Type Text

and

Set Custom Text Size

I would try looking at the Change Display Settings item first. It should at least be showing for “Display”, the make and model of your monitor. If it does not, that is the first thing I’d try to correct.

I’ll check back to this thread again later.

Good luck.


30 posted on 06/19/2013 2:39:45 PM PDT by Wuli (qu)
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To: texas_mrs
Check all the monitor cables, sounds like thy have may come loose.
31 posted on 06/19/2013 2:56:13 PM PDT by Exton1
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To: mass55th

Yep! I got a mac a few months ago I couldn’t believe the difference. Like going to a Edsel to a Porsche. I’ll never go back to Windoze again.


32 posted on 06/19/2013 3:19:28 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: mass55th

Yep! I got a mac a few months ago I couldn’t believe the difference. Like going to a Edsel to a Porsche. I’ll never go back to Windoze again.


33 posted on 06/19/2013 3:19:28 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: llevrok

Aye, matey...where’s me harpoon? Yar.


34 posted on 06/19/2013 4:18:04 PM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: llevrok

Nah, it’s guys that look like that who are the real gurus. If your tech guy looks like he might actually be able to get laid, then you have a problem.


35 posted on 06/19/2013 4:39:12 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Veggie Todd

I don’t know, but I bet he defrags his floppy disk nightly.


36 posted on 06/19/2013 4:40:42 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Veggie Todd

I think you can see his SCSI controller slot in that picture.


37 posted on 06/19/2013 11:12:18 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: llevrok

Mama hepped.


38 posted on 06/20/2013 4:51:20 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: svcw
Call the repair guy and say come back and fix this problem you caused.

Exactly.

39 posted on 06/20/2013 7:18:41 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tactical Awareness. Use your brain. Then bring the pain.)
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To: Billthedrill
A loose connection can cause something like what you’re seeing, and it happens a lot when someone disconnects a monitor to work on a ‘puter.

That happened to me yesterday. Drove me nuts trying to figure out why the screen background was green.

40 posted on 06/20/2013 7:20:08 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Tactical Awareness. Use your brain. Then bring the pain.)
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