Can't view backgrounds in web pages?

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steelcaress

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My father in law recently lost everything due to Windows XP corruption, and he restored his laptop OS. This is where the problems begin...

When he's browsing, text sizes and such are messed up, and it appears he can't view the backgrounds in web pages. Pages appear just as text on a white page, broken by the occasional banner ad.

I have cleared out the cache. I have tried changing browsers between IE and Firefox. I have messed with various Internet Options in both Firefox and IE. I have reset the TCP/IP stack. I looked at his hosts file to isolate any bogus entries. I have used Windows Update and gave him IE 7, in hopes that this would sweep whatever bad settings there were away. All of this has not worked.

Unfortunately, I'm at the end of my rope. I'm no stranger to the registry or command line, so if it comes to that I'm up to the challenge. I thank you in advance for your help.
 
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Hi steelcaress
After a failed restore I think its time to recover any files he hasn't backed up and go for a format and fresh reinstall.
 

steelcaress

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I wish I could give him a fresh copy of XP, but all he has is one of these off-the-shelf laptops. Restore Disk only. Issues like this are why I build my own, and I don't use OEM software.

I found a solution, however. Control Panel --> Accessibility Options --> Display Tab --> Make sure that "use high contrast" is unchecked.

That appears to have fixed the problem.
 
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