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February 26, 2013 8:16:19 PM

whenever I drag on my desktop the dragged square turns black, it turns back too normal after 5-10 minutes, I have no idea as too what is causing this... here is a picture of what i'm experiencing..

(if image doesn't work http://tinypic.com/r/20rjq4i/7)

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February 26, 2013 8:44:57 PM

I would say its a graphics driver glitch, you can try re installing the drivers
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February 26, 2013 8:49:11 PM

stickmansam said:
I would say its a graphics driver glitch, you can try re installing the drivers


Re-installed all drivers, now my desktop background is pure black everything else is working 100% this is odd.
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February 27, 2013 1:12:14 AM

Can you set up the background pic again?
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February 27, 2013 2:10:06 AM

stickmansam said:
Can you set up the background pic again?
set it up, same thing happening it doesn't effect anything i'm doing it's just annoying as hell. Changed the picture and it's still happening.... it's so random.
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February 27, 2013 2:29:50 AM

Can you try testing with a different cable and monitor?
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a b * Windows 8
February 27, 2013 2:43:10 AM

Check the system temperatures, check the taskmanager something may be consuming high processor % and/or system memory... check msconfig and disable all processes except the antivirus. Reset the graphics card and RAM modules cleaning their pins with a clean cloth, check all power and digital connections, scann for virus and malware.. this type of issue seems to me like busy CPU, GPU, RAM or weak/failing PSU... run CCleaner, HijackThis, A Squared HijackFree, delete temps, paging file, and hiberfil... set a .JPG background file if you're using .BMP
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February 27, 2013 7:08:18 PM

stickmansam said:
Can you try testing with a different cable and monitor?
my monitors are in a dual setup, happens on both sides.


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February 27, 2013 7:18:44 PM

Chicano said:
Check the system temperatures, check the taskmanager something may be consuming high processor % and/or system memory... check msconfig and disable all processes except the antivirus. Reset the graphics card and RAM modules cleaning their pins with a clean cloth, check all power and digital connections, scann for virus and malware.. this type of issue seems to me like busy CPU, GPU, RAM or weak/failing PSU... run CCleaner, HijackThis, A Squared HijackFree, delete temps, paging file, and hiberfil... set a .JPG background file if you're using .BMP


Task manager my CPU is idle at 2%... scanned for viruses, all is ok. all my backround are .JPG my PSU is fine, I stress tested my graphics cards and all is well. Ran all the programs you told me and nothing changed/ nothing was found.

here are my computer specs

i7-3770k corsair h100i cooled (already checked if the h100i leaked everywhere)
two SLI msi gtx670 Oc edition
asus z77 v-lk motherboard
corsair bronze 850w power supply
256gb ssd (windows is on it)
3tb HD
16gb Corsair dominator ram 1600mhz

non of my hardware is overclocked either... hope this helps. just want this to be fixed it's just annoying as hell, might re-install windows but it seems so unnecessary for such a minor issue :( 
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February 27, 2013 7:19:14 PM

Just for kicks - set your background color to a medium color like blue (enough of a difference so you can see the black appear) and see if the dropout continues. It could be an issue with video memory, and with desktop wallpaper, it uses more memory.

Are you using built-in graphics (i.e. Intel HD4000) or a GPU - and how much memory do you have for graphics?

Your post just came up - do you have the onboard graphics disabled? Also - are you overclocking video and/or CPU?
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February 27, 2013 7:24:39 PM

ronintexas said:
Just for kicks - set your background color to a medium color like blue (enough of a difference so you can see the black appear) and see if the dropout continues. It could be an issue with video memory, and with desktop wallpaper, it uses more memory.

Are you using built-in graphics (i.e. Intel HD4000) or a GPU - and how much memory do you have for graphics?

Your post just came up - do you have the onboard graphics disabled? Also - are you overclocking video and/or CPU?


Using my gtx670's as my graphics card intel hd400 is disabled, even tried using different monitors same stuff is happening, my graphics cards are 2gb each I don't know if they stack.
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February 27, 2013 7:28:10 PM

Nuke the OS then or try a system restore point
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February 27, 2013 7:28:44 PM

stickmansam said:
^do what Chicano is suggesting


already have.
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February 27, 2013 7:32:29 PM

You have plenty of GPU for dual monitors. Have you tried with a single GTX670 to see if one is possibly going bad? If the first solo card fails, try the other one.
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February 27, 2013 7:35:36 PM

ronintexas said:
You have plenty of GPU for dual monitors. Have you tried with a single GTX670 to see if one is possibly going bad? If the first solo card fails, try the other one.


They're both working fine I mean i'm experienced no artifacting in any of my games and they're running pretty cool as-well, I just took one out and it's still happening then I tried the other one and it's still happening, think i'm going to take a video of what exactly i'm experiencing so you guys get a better idea.
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February 27, 2013 7:44:10 PM

I have seen similar issues in the past. Almost always it was video memory related. Is it possible for you to remove both cards and try with the onboard graphics?
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February 27, 2013 7:46:55 PM

I also read posts a while back about LucidLogix Virtu MVP drivers creating issues - have you tried disabling this?
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February 27, 2013 7:49:06 PM

ronintexas said:
I have seen similar issues in the past. Almost always it was video memory related. Is it possible for you to remove both cards and try with the onboard graphics?


enabled onboard graphics, same crap. I mean I guess I can live with it... it's not effecting anything else :/ 

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February 27, 2013 8:23:01 PM

Have you tried plugging your monitor into the onboard graphics? If it still does it then, it proves it has nothing to do with your GPUs.
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February 27, 2013 9:18:53 PM

I dont know if this is a driver bug since its your desktop and that would make it a common bug, but maybe give an older driver a shot. For my card nvidia gtx 660ti apparently all the newer driver have a bug with office which causes blurring and and just a general mess when working in office, they basically just have me using drivers that are about a year old.
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a b * Windows 8
February 27, 2013 11:57:40 PM

1. Have you tried the GPUs independently?: Disabling SLI, one GPU at a time while the other is disconnected.. and also each one to a monitor?

2. Try using a different display resolution and lower/higher refresh rate

3. Have you tried disabling display effects?
System performance settings, or using the Windows Classic Theme

4. Try updating to the latest DirectX version
http://www.directxupdate.com/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/157730/en

5. You can also try SFC /SCANNOW in Run or Command Prompt or executing it from the Search bar while you insert the Installation DVD... If Windows has missing or corrupted files, they can be reinstalled fresh from the DVD.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/3047-sfc-scannow-c...
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February 28, 2013 12:32:37 AM

Best answer selected by Alexanderrr.
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February 28, 2013 12:35:09 AM

Chicano said:
1. Have you tried the GPUs independently?: Disabling SLI, one GPU at a time while the other is disconnected.. and also each one to a monitor?

2. Try using a different display resolution and lower/higher refresh rate

3. Have you tried disabling display effects?
System performance settings, or using the Windows Classic Theme

4. Try updating to the latest DirectX version
http://www.directxupdate.com/
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/157730/en

5. You can also try SFC /SCANNOW in Run or Command Prompt or executing it from the Search bar while you insert the Installation DVD... If Windows has missing or corrupted files, they can be reinstalled fresh from the DVD.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/3047-sfc-scannow-c...


number 5 fixed everything, thanks man! some weird corrupted icon file, every-time the desktop would refresh it would crash according to error logs and the picture would be messed up.
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a b * Windows 8
February 28, 2013 12:44:57 AM

Alexanderrr said:
number 5 fixed everything, thanks man! some weird corrupted icon file, every-time the desktop would refresh it would crash according to error logs and the picture would be messed up.


Yes!! glad that helped... & thank you for the best answer rating..
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May 26, 2014 5:39:58 PM

Chicano said:
Alexanderrr said:
number 5 fixed everything, thanks man! some weird corrupted icon file, every-time the desktop would refresh it would crash according to error logs and the picture would be messed up.


Yes!! glad that helped... & thank you for the best answer rating..


I am having his SAME exact issue and I can't fix it. I tried doing multiple SFC scans and this is what I get .. http://gyazo.com/522527c41ce463ee3b617debf2fcdf0c

I have a GTX 650 with a dual monitor setup. 1920 x 1080 24 inch Benq that I got yesterday and a 1600 x 900 19 inch. (this problem is happening on both monitors). I tried updating my graphics card drivers and the problem continues.

Whenever I Drag on the desktop background it turns into a black square, same when I mouse over the icons. This is only happening on the desktop background. I should also say I have windows 8.1

Please help!
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a b * Windows 8
May 26, 2014 8:07:50 PM

Nitesdeath said:
I am having his SAME exact issue and I can't fix it. I tried doing multiple SFC scans and this is what I get .. http://gyazo.com/522527c41ce463ee3b617debf2fcdf0c

I have a GTX 650 with a dual monitor setup. 1920 x 1080 24 inch Benq that I got yesterday and a 1600 x 900 19 inch. (this problem is happening on both monitors). I tried updating my graphics card drivers and the problem continues.

Whenever I Drag on the desktop background it turns into a black square, same when I mouse over the icons. This is only happening on the desktop background. I should also say I have windows 8.1

Please help!

Can you provide the CBS.log so we can read the SFC /Scannow report?.. If the text is not much open the CBS.log file with Notepad and post the text here... and if it's to large, upload the CBS.log file to http://www.4shared.com/ and post the link here.

C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
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May 26, 2014 8:49:33 PM

Chicano said:
Nitesdeath said:
I am having his SAME exact issue and I can't fix it. I tried doing multiple SFC scans and this is what I get .. http://gyazo.com/522527c41ce463ee3b617debf2fcdf0c

I have a GTX 650 with a dual monitor setup. 1920 x 1080 24 inch Benq that I got yesterday and a 1600 x 900 19 inch. (this problem is happening on both monitors). I tried updating my graphics card drivers and the problem continues.

Whenever I Drag on the desktop background it turns into a black square, same when I mouse over the icons. This is only happening on the desktop background. I should also say I have windows 8.1

Please help!

Can you provide the CBS.log so we can read the SFC /Scannow report?.. If the text is not much open the CBS.log file with Notepad and post the text here... and if it's to large, upload the CBS.log file to http://www.4shared.com/ and post the link here.

C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log

I ran a DMS restore health scan and it said it repaired corrupted files so apparently my issue is fixed :)  I'll update if the glitch happens again.

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a b * Windows 8
May 26, 2014 10:03:09 PM

OK.. hope it doesn't happen again.
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May 27, 2014 12:33:48 PM

Chicano said:
OK.. hope it doesn't happen again.


It happened again. :(  Can you tell me how to show you the CBS log or whatever it was that you asked for above?

Edit: Tried doing a 4th SFC scan, new result but the glitch continues http://gyazo.com/615a17940aaed7eb3fea0a483d76cc9e
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a b * Windows 8
May 27, 2014 12:46:43 PM

Open the log file and if the text is short, copy it and post it here, and if the text is long, upload a copy of the file to http://www.4shared.com/ as you upload it several links are created for different internet formats.. copy the simple url link and post it here.
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May 27, 2014 12:51:55 PM

Chicano said:
Open the log file and if the text is short, copy it and post it here, and if the text is long, upload a copy of the file to http://www.4shared.com/ as you upload it several links are created for different internet formats.. copy the simple url link and post it here.


Sorry im dumb lol. How do I do this? Also check my previous post, I edited it.
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a b * Windows 8
May 27, 2014 1:31:45 PM

According to your Edition, your last SFC scan apparently found nothing wrong in your system files and no files were replaced... this may be an indication the problem is caused by something else than missing or corrupted system files... the obvious would be outdated video drivers, and other causes may be; wrong video settings, possibly malware infection, low resource system, a hardware problem; possibly bad PSU, bad RAM.. can't think of anything else for now... but it would still be a good idea to read the CBS log file because it may have a clue on what the problem may be, so upload it anyway.

To start, click on the 4shared link, click on upload file, a windows of your windows exlorer will open, follow the path to C:\WINDOWS\Logs\CBS\ and select the CBS.log file and click on Open.. the file will start uploading.. when if finishes uploading, a page with several types of url links will open... select the simple url and copy it, to paste it here on your next answer.

Click here: http://www.4shared.com/ click on Upload, browse to: C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
Select CBS.log and click on Open, CORRECTION from here on: When the file finishes uploading, click on the link created, and from the page that opens, copy the internet URL address from the web browser, and paste it here.
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a b * Windows 8
May 27, 2014 1:40:40 PM

IF you prefer, and if you can also share/upload files on the Gyazo website, upload it there instead.
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May 27, 2014 1:50:50 PM

Chicano said:
According to your Edition, your last SFC scan apparently found nothing wrong in your system files and no files were replaced... this may be an indication the problem is caused by something else than missing or corrupted system files... the obvious would be outdated video drivers, and other causes may be; wrong video settings, possibly malware infection, low resource system, a hardware problem; possibly bad PSU, bad RAM.. can't think of anything else for now... but it would still be a good idea to read the CBS log file because it may have a clue on what the problem may be, so upload it anyway.

To start, click on the 4shared link, click on upload file, a windows of your windows exlorer will open, follow the path to C:\WINDOWS\Logs\CBS\ and select the CBS.log file and click on Open.. the file will start uploading.. when if finishes uploading, a page with several types of url links will open... select the simple url and copy it, to paste it here on your next answer.

Click here: http://www.4shared.com/ click on Upload, browse to: C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log
Select CBS.log and click on Open, CORRECTION from here on: When the file finishes uploading, click on the link created, and from the page that opens, copy the internet URL address from the web browser, and paste it here.


http://www.4shared.com/file/5ijaPhjYce/CBS.html I believe this is what your asking for.

My PC brand new. Built it January of this year. all pieces are basically new. The chances of it being a virus are close to none. I just play World of Warcraft all day. Never visit any exotic websites.
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a b * Windows 8
May 27, 2014 2:43:21 PM

Well, the file doesn't show errors or replaced files so the system is apparently in good working order.. if the cause is not corrupted sys files, hardware or infection, the only possible cause left to verify is video drivers or video settings.

Check your video drivers date and look for updates on the video card website. And check this thread on how to turn on hardware acceleration. try different settings.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/10100-63-turn-hardwar...
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May 27, 2014 3:13:25 PM

Chicano said:
Well, the file doesn't show errors or replaced files so the system is apparently in good working order.. if the cause is not corrupted sys files, hardware or infection, the only possible cause left to verify is video drivers or video settings.

Check your video drivers date and look for updates on the video card website. And check this thread on how to turn on hardware acceleration. try different settings.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/10100-63-turn-hardwar...


I think I already have hardware acceleration enabled? Not sure, the other thread was for windows 7 so not sure if I found what I was looking for. http://gyazo.com/ec7bbc02df1d80cf21e7918366738c99

I tried changing themes under Personalization in the Control Panel. My desktop wallpaper had gone completely black (it does this sometimes after a while) and I decided to change themes. My other theme had the wallpaper and everything working fine with no black square crap showing up when dragging or mousing over icons. I'm hoping this has fixed the issue because I was reading in the posts above and people mentioned trying to change themes.

My Graphics Card drivers are up to date.

Is my hardware acceleration enabled?
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a b * Windows 8
May 27, 2014 3:36:20 PM

Nitesdeath said:
I think I already have hardware acceleration enabled? Not sure, the other thread was for windows 7 so not sure if I found what I was looking for. http://gyazo.com/ec7bbc02df1d80cf21e7918366738c99

I tried changing themes under Personalization in the Control Panel. My desktop wallpaper had gone completely black (it does this sometimes after a while) and I decided to change themes. My other theme had the wallpaper and everything working fine with no black square crap showing up when dragging or mousing over icons. I'm hoping this has fixed the issue because I was reading in the posts above and people mentioned trying to change themes.

Is my hardware acceleration enabled?

Hardware Acceleration is enabled by default... the idea was to try decelerating it in steps and see if any change. The setting is about the same for Win 7 or 8.

The wall paper was next in line.. I was considering asking you if the behaviour was the same without a Wallpaper or trying one of different file format... so if changing it seems to have fixed it, better not tempt faith and leave things as they are... but if it happens again, see if renewing the wallpaper you had on.. if the file you had as wallpaper is bmp, save it as jpg, or png and try it in that format... and if it was alreado jpg, see if you can download a copy or resizing it... maybe setting your wallpaper with a jpg file of the exact size as your monitor screen so Windows doesn't have to expand it or modify the size proportions so it fits on the screen.
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May 27, 2014 3:47:51 PM

Chicano said:
Nitesdeath said:
I think I already have hardware acceleration enabled? Not sure, the other thread was for windows 7 so not sure if I found what I was looking for. http://gyazo.com/ec7bbc02df1d80cf21e7918366738c99

I tried changing themes under Personalization in the Control Panel. My desktop wallpaper had gone completely black (it does this sometimes after a while) and I decided to change themes. My other theme had the wallpaper and everything working fine with no black square crap showing up when dragging or mousing over icons. I'm hoping this has fixed the issue because I was reading in the posts above and people mentioned trying to change themes.

Is my hardware acceleration enabled?

Hardware Acceleration is enabled by default... the idea was to try decelerating it in steps and see if any change. The setting is about the same for Win 7 or 8.

The wall paper was next in line.. I was considering asking you if the behaviour was the same without a Wallpaper or trying one of different file format... so if changing it seems to have fixed it, better not tempt faith and leave things as they are... but if it happens again, see if renewing the wallpaper you had on.. if the file you had as wallpaper is bmp, save it as jpg, or png and try it in that format... and if it was alreado jpg, see if you can download a copy or resizing it... maybe setting your wallpaper with a jpg file of the exact size as your monitor screen so Windows doesn't have to expand it or modify the size proportions so if fits on the screen.


When I was changing themes the theme I changed to had a different Wallpaper. I noticed the original wallpaper I had was deleted a while ago, so I redownloaded a copy of it again with the resolution of my main monitor "1920 x 1080" (same exact one I had) and put it. It is a JPG file.

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a b * Windows 8
May 27, 2014 4:13:41 PM

Let me see if I understand... the wallpaper that caused the problem was already deleted?, you downloaded it new, renewed it as wallpaper and that fixed the problem?
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May 27, 2014 4:41:49 PM

Chicano said:
Let me see if I understand... the wallpaper that caused the problem was already deleted?, you downloaded it new, renewed it as wallpaper and that fixed the problem?


Yes. Until now the glitch has not happened. I'll keep updating.

Note: Yes the wallpaper itself was not saved on my computer but it was already set as my wallpaper either way. Not sure if this matters.
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a b * Windows 8
May 27, 2014 5:09:52 PM

Yes that may have been the cause... If you set a wallpaper and later delete that file, it doesn't remove it as wallpaper... the setting may keep working from a temp file or setting memory (probably from a setting file somewhere).. but it's not a valid file of the necessary format, so that deleted wallpaper is a definite possibility.
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May 27, 2014 5:47:09 PM

Chicano said:
Yes that may have been the cause... If you set a wallpaper and later delete that file, it doesn't remove it as wallpaper... the setting may keep working from a temp file or setting memory (probably from a setting file somewhere).. but it's not a valid file of the necessary format, so that deleted wallpaper is a definite possibility.


Good to know! Gives me some faith! Hmm.. not sure why I had corrupted files in windows according to the SFC scans I did yesterday. Although right after, I did a DMS Restore Health scan and it repaired the corrupted files hence why the SFC scans I did today reported everything being ok :) 

It's been a couple of hours and all has been good.
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Alexanderrr said:
whenever I drag on my desktop the dragged square turns black, it turns back too normal after 5-10 minutes, I have no idea as too what is causing this... here is a picture of what i'm experiencing..

(if image doesn't work http://tinypic.com/r/20rjq4i/7)


That was a virus on a computer I recently cleaned out. you might want to delete somethings that you wouldn't normally trust and run a scan.

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