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15-Jun-2008, 09:41 PM #1
Grey box on desktop
On my asus f8sp-x1 (vista premium+aero off) there is this grey box at the top left hand corner of my screen. This box is definitely not part of my wallpaper (I would know, I made it). I have changed my wallpaper and theme several times, and it still just appears there. It gets covered up by any window that is in that area of the screen. I havn't been able to discern a pattern to when it appears, but it is not there when the system starts up. This is a clean install (not the factory image) of vista, I installed most of the drivers and some other programs. It has been there from the beginning of this install, however.
At the moment I have desktop icons disabled.
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Last edited by lag1tup; 15-Jun-2008 at 10:14 PM.. Reason: tpyos, top left not top right
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15-Jun-2008, 10:08 PM #2
I may need new eye glasses, or....you're talking about this:
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15-Jun-2008, 10:09 PM #3
I can't see a grey box, the top-right corner is in the screen-shot isn't it ?

It's possible the grey box won't show in a screen-shot though, can you see it in a screen-shot ?

EDIT : surely that's the the top-left corner
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15-Jun-2008, 10:15 PM #4
yeah, you guys are right. Top left, not top right x.x So yeah..anyone know what to do to fix it?
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15-Jun-2008, 10:22 PM #5
Does it show all the time (when applications are open), or only when desktop is shown?
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15-Jun-2008, 10:31 PM #6
apps can cover it up but if an app is on the screen yet you can see the desktop in that area it is visible. It seems to act like a part of the desktop except I can't get a context menu by right clicking it and i cannot start a selection box from it.
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15-Jun-2008, 10:34 PM #7
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if an app is on the screen yet you can see the desktop in that area it is visible
If application is maximized, you shouldn't see any part of desktop. I'm asking, because I'm wondering, if it's not a bad pixel(s)
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15-Jun-2008, 10:45 PM #8
If they were DP's they wouldnt've shown up in the screenie but yeah, they do get covered up when an app is maximized.
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15-Jun-2008, 10:49 PM #9
Pixels not necessary have to be dead. They may show not desired colors.
Anyway, it must be something with the wallpaper, you built.
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15-Jun-2008, 10:54 PM #10
I have changed my wallpaper and theme several times, and it still just appears there.

Thanks for reading my OP, though. Attached is a screen of my wallpaper in photo gallery with the default wallpaper under that damn gray box. It is just sitting there...mocking me...
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15-Jun-2008, 11:24 PM #12
I suspect that machine has an ATI graphics card?
I had that fault some time ago but it vanished with subsequent updates to the catalyst Control
Try this first:
Open Msconfig and stop the catalyst (CC) from running at startup. Reboot and see if it has gone.
If it has, and you still feel the need for the Catalyst Control, go to the ATI/AMD site and download the latest , I believe it is now on 8.5. Yu'll find them here:
http://ati.amd.com/support/driver.html
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15-Jun-2008, 11:24 PM #13
@broni:nope, not a dead pixel. and it shouldntv shown on the screenie.
@davehc: just turned off catalyst and it went away! woo!
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15-Jun-2008, 11:38 PM #14
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