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Screen flashes before any video is played in any player

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
September 13, 2006 1:39:39 PM

Example here:

Notice how the entire screen flashes black 3 times just before the video starts to play. Happens with any video in any player software. Any idea how to fix this?

eVGA 7900 GT KO Relaunch (N584), latest driver
WindowsXP SP2
September 13, 2006 9:14:31 PM

Nothing is overclocked on my machine.
September 14, 2006 1:46:08 PM

...but I AM having problems, so I AM worrying about it. Try having a giant projected image flash like that before every short video clip. Not acceptable.
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September 14, 2006 2:16:22 PM

It happens (iirc) when Windows shifts to use video playback mode instead of the normal desktop mode. AIUI there's no way to stop it doing it. Try it with a different graphics card, it may just be that your card is doing odd things when Windows says "go to video mode!"
September 14, 2006 2:38:08 PM

I have the latest drivers as of 3 days ago.

I have had several ATI video cards over the years but this is my first Nvidia card. None of my ATI cards ever had this problem. I doubt this is normal for Nvidia either or more people would be complaining about it.

September 14, 2006 2:40:14 PM

Well, does it do it if you open and play files from within your video player (rather than double-clicking the files from a folder)?
September 14, 2006 2:44:35 PM

Yes, upon loading every video, no matter what method used, what format of video, or what player is used.
September 14, 2006 2:51:03 PM

If it just happens with video then, perhaps, the issues lies with whatever codecs you have installed on your computer. The codecs are what your system uses to play various multimedia files - video and audio.
September 14, 2006 5:59:36 PM

So did it start as soon as you installed the nVidia? Maybe try rolling back the drivers.
September 14, 2006 11:30:58 PM

Yes, it has happened with three versions of drivers now. It never not happened with Nvidia.
September 14, 2006 11:35:32 PM

February 21, 2012 11:21:20 PM

With nVidia cards, sometimes you have to adjust the setting in the NVIDIA Control Panel. It'll be under the adjust desktop color settings... The flash you see is your graphics card drivers/software switching between "desktop program mode" and "full screen video mode" (even if the video is not in full screen). What you can do is tell it not to automatically detect this and force a desktop program mode for this. Videos should work just fine.