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I've had this laptop for a week and I cant take it anymore

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    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1

    I've had this laptop for a week and I cant take it anymore


    I'm trying TRYING to work from home today but the screen fonts are making it unbearable for me. In Firefox/IE they appear blurry/distorted and it doesn't look right and hurts my eyes. I can't keep fussing around with settings(clear type/brightness/resizing) because it seems to make things worse. I don't know what to do, my dad's laptop works just fine and it's over a year old but he has Windows 7.

    Dell Inspiron 15R 5537
    I have Windows 8.1
    Processor: Intel (R) Core (TM) i7-4500U CPU @ 1.80GHz 2.40GHz
    Installed memory RAM: 8 GB (7.88 GB usable)
    System Type: 64 bit operating system x64 based processor

    All I want is to go back to what my computer looked like when I got it 2 weeks ago. I haven't even had this thing for TWO WEEKS! Any way I can fix this before my eyesight is shot to H-E-double hockey sticks?! Here are a few screen shots:
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  2. #2


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    I hate to say it but your screen shots look clear to me.

    Have you tried getting an update to your video drivers from Dell or speaking to their support?
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    I agree with pbcopter, your screen shots are clear. So, it is either video driver updates...are maybe you need glasses??? Now don't go and get upset, it happens to all of us at one time or another in our life. As I'm fond of saying, "if my arms were longer I would not need glasses!"
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    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks for both of your replies! I did have someone else look at my screen they also said the fonts looked blurry/odd. Maybe I will try updating video drivers. It's just weird how everything looks bright and blurry compared to my dad's Windows 7 computer. Something is up! I keep looking at my screen I'm going to need glasses play2me!

    Also, there are 2 optional updates for Intel on Windows Update. I'm pretty sure I remember reading here that you shouldn't install those and do it from the product website. Is that correct? I like to run things by someone with more computer experience than I have because I don't want to mess things up. Thanks again for the recommendations!
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  5. #5


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by JCC530 View Post

    All I want is to go back to what my computer looked like when I got it 2 weeks ago. I haven't even had this thing for TWO WEEKS! Any way I can fix this before my eyesight is shot to H-E-double hockey sticks?! Here are a few screen shots:
    As the other responders said, the screen shots are clear to me too; not as clear as I'd like, but Microsoft has for some dumb reason given us more pastels and gray text rather than true colors and black text. It's something I've learned to live with.

    You say "what it looked like 2 weeks ago". Maybe you should go back into settings and select default. It's possible that may solve your problem. Also, as pbcopter suggested, go to Dell and update your video drivers. I see you have the Intel HD Graphics 4400 card. Go here to learn more about it: Intel HD Graphics 4400 - NotebookCheck.net Tech

    Also, you may find some help here. Support for the 4th Generation Intel® Core? Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4400
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    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you Wynona! I will check both of those links out.
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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    All of that looks fine to me. Of course the information that you capture in a screen shot. Will be changed by those computers that are viewing it. What we see as something that looks good on our end, does not mean that it does on yours.

    As long as you use stock settings for the browser & OS. There should be no problem seeing things. Now the big question is. You are not by chance using a LCD TV as a monitor, vs. the built in display on the Laptop.
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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    have to ask ,how would a [print screen capture image]bad looking screen display correct itself and look good on out computers ,as it all looks good to me to ,

    personally I would do a system restore back to the closest one to the time the laptop was first setup
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    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1


    broe unfortunately I'm using the laptop screen.

    caperjack, Before I do what you suggest, I have one concern. I installed Microsoft Office 2010 and uninstalled the Office program my computer came with. Since I entered a product key, I assume that means I lose one license entry of the 3 in order to restore my system to the time I first turned on my new laptop?
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    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by JCC530 View Post
    broe unfortunately I'm using the laptop screen.

    caperjack, Before I do what you suggest, I have one concern. I installed Microsoft Office 2010 and uninstalled the Office program my computer came with. Since I entered a product key, I assume that means I lose one license entry of the 3 in order to restore my system to the time I first turned on my new laptop?
    If System Restore takes out Office 2010, you can use the same product key to reinstall it. In fact, you can install Office 2010 on a desktop and a laptop using the same product key; it's in the licensing terms.
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