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Flickering videos with Majestic Chess

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August 21, 2005 2:55:29 AM

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We've been enjoying Majestic Chess for about 1 year. Suddenly
one day I found all the text displays (instructions, stories etc)
have flickering video displays.

At first, I blamed it on the CD being scratch. Order a new
one, reinstall it. The problem is still there. Use a
different CD drive altogether thinking it might have been the
drive issue, but still get the same issue.

Now, I'm really confused. What could the problem be, anyone?

August 21, 2005 10:09:21 AM

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This problem certainly wouldn't have anything to do with the CD or CD
drive. Something must have changed in the software or settings on your
computer (although you may not have been aware of it).

Between the last successful time you ran Majestic Chess and the first
time it looked wrong, did you install any new hardware, perform any
Windows Updates, or even install any other software? Maybe change any
of your computer's display settings?

August 22, 2005 9:18:23 AM

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Mine does the same thing, what a waste of money, I got rid of it
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August 22, 2005 12:05:05 PM

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I install the newer CD on a laptop that never has any installation
The program has no problem in that setup. SO this makes me think
what jm suggested might be worth pursuing.
August 22, 2005 2:00:11 PM

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I just realized that we wrote something about this in the Majestic
Chess FAQ, which used to be posted on the Vivendi Games Forum site
(accessible via However, they seem to be in the
process of redoing that entire site, and the Hoyle Games section is not
currently available.

You could wait to see if they bring that section back online, or you
could call their Tech Support. They should have something about this
problem. I vaguely recall that it had to do with video card drivers,
but I'm not certain.

September 5, 2005 1:47:21 PM

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It's the graphic controller driver. I rolled it back to a previous
version and the problem went away.

BTW Vivendi Games decided not to support any Hoyle Games any more!