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  1. #1


    Maryland
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 Pro

    Black Out in all text Fields


    Hey all

    Searched the WWW for an answer and I have only found one thread even remotely close to this issue.
    Basically, every input field is reverse contrast. Black background typing white. Microsoft Word, Excel, IE, File Explorer, Google Chrome. Anywhere requiring selection of icons or input of text... The contrast is reversed. (four screenshots attached) Minor major annoyance, but it came accompanied by a more consistently running fan and then the computer began to freeze intermittently. I ran Malwarebytes. I ran Norton. I adjusted so Windows did not pick display prefs auto, then back again. I booted in Safe Mode, issue still there. Re-installed all sorts of drivers, repaired Windows, etc. I system restored. Issue still there. I system refreshed, Issue still there...

    I literally have no programs on my computer right now except the basic out of the box Windows 8 apps...and still the issue persists.

    Any ideas? I appreciate any input
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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You got a High Contrast Theme turned on -

    Hit Right Alt-Shift plus PrintScreen, then change to a regular Theme. Be careful if you have other Windows 8 Puters, cos that HC theme was Synced.
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  3. #3


    Maryland
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 Pro


    I wish it were that simple. I only have the basic theme on. All default settings have been restored.
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  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ok, then you have to choose an Aero Theme. Look above the Basic Themes. All of the basic themes look like
    yours.
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  5. #5


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Also if you are in Windows 8 and have ex7forW8 installed and set to use Win 7 Explorer, you will nto be able to change it from a HC theme, you have to switch back to Windows 8 Explorer.
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  6. #6


    Maryland
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 Pro


    My initial thought was that this was a theme. Since then, I tried all types of themes with no luck. Based on your advice, I just changed themes and restarted computer 3 times, once with each "type" of theme. The themes changed, but the field black out still remains. I have not installed anything to make Win 8 backwards compatible with 7. I do use Compatibility View for Microsoft Outlook Web Access. Another item to mention. If I use my computer long enough in one sitting, sometimes the black out fields go away and the window looks normal again. Notice in the screen shots that the menus are completely not visible. When I open Favorites or the main side bar on Libraries, it is white type on white background
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  7. #7


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Ok, thats it then, you are seeing Compatibility View- If the Theme is not changing it, it's the Compatibility View, and it's stuck in High Contract mode.

    The Alt-Shift PrcScreen is not working, cos it is a setting in your Outlook Web Access.
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  8. #8


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Actually the setting may be in Office, if you have Office installed. Not sure where it is, i'll look

    Thats not it - You are stuck in some kind of Basic High Contrast Mode, if you choose an Aero Theme, try hitting left Alt-Shift PrcScr and see if it goes back and forth when you have that same windows up from the Doc.
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  9. #9


    Maryland
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 Pro


    I really appreciate your help on this. I have checked all the items you mentioned. Apparently, after System Refresh, I had not turned Compatibility View back on. I tried it on and tried with it off, same issues.
    In High Contrast, typically you can READ the words. Whatever is going on here, you can't read the menus. You can't see the text unless you highlight it. the exception being Tabs. (see image 2 and 3 ).

    Also, around the same time this issue began, system began crashing at sleep. It won't come out of sleep mode. Sometimes it crashes going into sleep and screen doesn't turn off. This issues is not 100% of the time, but would this happen due to contrast theme issues?

    Sorry images uploaded that way, but took screen shots before system refresh. Have not re-installed Office or any image editor since the problem is not solved and might be a waste of time. That was the only way I could get them to display
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  10. #10


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    It may be a Video Driver issue then, if you fill out your system specs in your user control panel, I can see what you got. If you are using any kind of Beta video driver, it could cause this.
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