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jellygumbo

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I need some help resolving a poor display issue for a few XP systems with CRT monitors. The display problem is for lack of a better term, over spray. That is, everything displayed is fuzzy, or grainy, or likened to an over spray of clear coat finish. A blank Word document, a desktop background, an e-mail, a web site, graphics all are unclear - especially text edges such as a Word document. The issue exists on 3 systems with, debatably, varying degree. I have replaced the monitor, replaced video cards, moved the computer to another room to change the power supply and monitor and lighting, removed hardware, removed XP updates, ran the XP repair, modified and completely disenabled all XP Visual Effects, modified monitor settings and updated drivers, searched MS KB, Googled, and reviewed XP tips magazines, etc. A few Internet tech chat rooms indicate a similar problem but there were no resolutions. All 3 machine are different brands and build. The only common hardware after the XP upgrade was a memory addition. But removing the new memory had no effect. The processor, video, and RAM are:

{ The worst system...} a Dell PIII 733
onboard Intel 82810e Graphics Controller (I replaced with a off-the-shelf PCI GeForce4 64MB video, but there was no difference so I returned to the onboard.)
256 SDRAM

a Premio PIII 450 from Premio, and
ATI RAGE AGP 4MB
256 SDRAM


and a HP Celeron 333

ATI PCI with 2MB
256 SDRAM

If anyone else experiences this with XP or 2000 systems particularly in 1024x768 resolution or has any ideas please reply.

Thanks.
 
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real shot in the dark but what the heck - display properties>appearence>effects, under the "use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts" try standard if clear type is the choice
 

jellygumbo

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I have in the past ran the entire Clear Type Font issue through the ringer including Microsoft's online ClearType utility. With LCD ClearType off / unchecked the problem still exists.
 
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I experienced fuzzy text display after changing over from Win98,2e. to XP Pro. Problem gets worse in Outlook Express email service but is visible in Word documents previously saved to hard drive. I use 800 x 600 pixel resolution and 32 bit color. The larger the font, the fuzzier the displayed text. Graphics, animations, and jpegs are A.-O.K. Can anyone suggest a way to clear up the "fuzzy" text? Thanks for any assistance you can lend.
Ivan Kogan
 
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I am having the same problem. I have a CRT monitor and I know that the "Clear Type" is especially meant for flat screen monitors. The change for me occurred after I downloaded the upgrade to my display driver. Unfortunately, System Restore is not working for me either, no matter what date I try (nor through Safe Mode). HELP! I'm getting a headache looking at my screen!
 
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