Thread: Something odd with the graphics?
1st Aug 2019, 11:14 AM #1
Something odd with the graphics?
The King of Computer Weird Shight strikes again
I run a high spec Toshiba laptop with a secondary screen (as the main screen).
Windows 10, which has just had a major upgrade a few days ago.
This is nothing to do with the upgrade as it had started to happen a day or three before that.
On two news sites (ABC and the Guardian) the pics will suddenly just drop out - disappear - no flicking of the page or anything, just blank holes appeared. If I reload the page they come back. Haven't noticed on this (WWF) site because I don't leave a page with pics open for long enough, I suppose.
ABC.jpg to this ABC no pics.jpg
OH WAIT! it just happened to this page as I was composing this post, and the page did have a flick to it (like it would if I had set auto-reload):
WWF blank.jpg which should look like WWF.JPG
This external screen is an AOC 4k jobbie, and some may recall that I have complained about it going blank (black) several times a day, every day, ever since I've had it. That particular little phantom has now morphed into sometimes following the 3 seconds of black screen with a screen full of salt & pepper noise for a second, but not always.
I have not seen this latest "pic dropping" happen on the Laptop screen, but I usually only have Gmail open on that. It is also a 4k screen (and yes they are very worthwhile).
1st Aug 2019, 11:34 AM #2
It seems to be happening more frequently now - every few minutes.
The pics do not disappear on a tab that is not displayed. So if I see that they drop out on ABC news, and then change to the Guardian tab, the pics are still there.
1st Aug 2019, 05:15 PM #3
Are you using chrome - I had a similar problem that was getting worse this seemed to fix it
you can try disabling hardware acceleration from the Chrome Settings panel.
For that, open Google Chrome settings page > click on the Advanced button to expand more options > find out “Use hardware acceleration when available” option and disable it
1st Aug 2019, 05:21 PM #4
Not Chrome - this is in Firefox.
However, I use Chrome for iView and SBS and I have noticed that some of the icons pics in iView have been missing. This is a different problem though - those pics won't reload, and it's not all of them on the page (which is really weird).
2nd Aug 2019, 11:19 AM #5
Some more info, which is even weirder.
I have a few tabs open in the FF window. ABC, Guardian, WWF, and some others. The pics on ABC dropped out about 10 minutes ago, so I switched to WWF, and after a while the pics dropped out of here too. Then I switched to Guardian where the pics stayed stable.
I thought I had previously seen that if WWF pics had dropped out, and I changed tabs to (say) Guardian, when I went back to WWF the pics were back. So I've just tested that and taken careful note, and it is indeed the case - the pics can come back while I'm not looking at the tab, and pics on both ABC and WWF were restored.
That makes me wonder whether this may be a browser issue (based on nothing really, but....).
Hmmmm....Adblock maybe.....??? I'll try some tests.
2nd Aug 2019, 11:22 AM #6
Ok, have turned off Adblock on WWF - I begin to understand why I have it on.......how do people read the forum with all those flashing bloody ads?
EDIT: Ok so as I pressed "submit post" (for this current post) the screen flicked and all the images, including the (now unblocked) ads disappeared. But the actual act of posting causes the screen to refresh so they came back, as I would have expected.
Now just leaving it to sit for a confirmation flick/pic loss.
2nd Aug 2019, 11:39 AM #7
Well that does actually yield a little more info. The screen flicked and my Avatar disappeared along with only some of the "Forum Sponsor" adverts on the right. The moving GIF type ads were still there. Then during composing this post they have all disappeared.....
Adblock is still inactive on this page, and they'll be back again after I post this, so I'll have to wait again to see what happens.
Jeez......now the "Post Quick Reply" button doesn't work.....
Crikey there's some weird stuff going on now......couldn't post this, or "go advanced" or "cancel". Was trying to select all to Ctrl C my post then it opened a new window for me to email myself.....and now the posting button works again after the window flicked and pics disappeared.....
2nd Aug 2019, 12:35 PM #8
I think its the CIA and their PRISM program. The pages, posts and images are cached and stored before they are sent to you. They See All!!!!
Perhaps you are being giving special and close attention?
There is of course the potential its the FSB or The Chinese.... ooooo The Chinese.....
Or its simply a plug in borking you up!
Run the Firefox in Incognito mode and see if it still occurs. If not, its a plugin. Run it as a "fresh" user. See if it occurs, if not, its a plugin.
For plugins, disable them all, then enable them one by one.
This is what I use now: (they are my paranoias... I'd of course recommend them, but some are more careful than others....)
- AdBlock Plus,
- Canvas Blocker
- Context Search (duck duck go is default search, it is excellent)
- Cookie Autodelete
- Duck Duck Go Privacy Essentials
- Facebook Container
- Firefox multi-account containers
- HTTPS Everywhere
- Privacy Badger
- Tracking Token Stripper
I've a few others which are disabled, but enabled as needed for specific jobs.
This combo, with the latest Firefox is extremely stable and offers excellent and safe(r) browsing.
Your DNS should be set to CloudFlare ---> 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52
If you use any other DNS, your activities, regardless of privacy settings are still tracked.
Lastly, try a VPN. I use TrustZone. It is excellent. An OUTSTANDING open source package that is easy to understand and install: Community Downloads | OpenVPN
Lastly Lastly, try running a new fresh profile. See if it happens, then systematically remove your addons/clutter until it stops.
It is not a monitor issue.
2nd Aug 2019, 01:57 PM #9
2nd Aug 2019, 02:19 PM #10
2nd Aug 2019, 05:40 PM #11
Well here I am replying from a Private Window....from where all the images have disappeared.....
By "fresh user" do you mean a new window?
Btw, when the images in this pw dropped out the images in t'other window were still there.
2nd Aug 2019, 05:53 PM #12
2nd Aug 2019, 10:29 PM #13GOLD MEMBER
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Brett, are the images disappearing from both screens?
Have you disconnected the second screen to see if the primary screen on the laptop still loses images?
Give me laptop and buy a new one?CHRIS
2nd Aug 2019, 10:41 PM #14
10th Aug 2019, 11:39 PM #15Furniture maker and machine doctor
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