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Windows 8 Metro bug (low def, blurry text) after crash

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro / Ubuntu 13.04 / Win2Go

    [Fixed] Windows 8 Metro bug (low def, blurry text) after crash


    First of all, I believe it ain't a hardware issue. Said that, let's proceed.

    Hi!
    I've been overclocking my GTX550 Ti for a while, and it never went like this. I always clocked my card to 1GHz proc and 2GHz memories (exactly 1000MHz and 2000MHz), but today I decided to go further and clock the memory to, precisely, 2174MHz. Fired up Driver: San Francisco and didn't notice any improvement to the previous 2000MHz, but I wanted to know how long it could run like this.

    After what.. 10, 15 minutes, the ":(" face went right up. Reported WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. Experience says it's a uncorrectable hardware issue -- Overclock failed, boo hoo. Nothing new, happened before but....
    Metro never been like this:

    Click image for larger version

    It ain't a low def image. It's exactly like that. I didn't edit a pixel of this image, the black metro apps happens when there's an animation (live metro app).

    I thought "oh man, the card's fried!" but when I clicked on 'Desktop', everything was fine.
    So I thought "it.. must be the 3D that's screwed up!", fired my game back and well... it's running great. No loss on FPS or whatsoever.

    PSU is powerful enough for this card. Motherboard is fine for overclocking. Drivers are updated.
    Can't count on fingers how many times I've restarted the PC. I didn't try to reinstall the drivers. I didn't try to reinstall Windows 8 (duh). Graphics Card is back to factory frequencies for troubleshooting.

    I've googled a little for this blurry text, but my findings were inconclusive. Any thoughts?
    Last edited by GTMoraes; 01 Oct 2012 at 17:05. Reason: Fixed, it seems.

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    Windows 8 Pro / Ubuntu 13.04 / Win2Go


    I went to nVidia Control Panel, Manage 3D Settings and clicked "restore". Restarted and it's fine now.
    I'll consider fixed. If it goes nuts again, I'll be here crying again
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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    I'm glad you got it fixed, oh and welcome to Eight Forums!

    Since you have nVidia, you should have "beta" drivers right now.
    8 isn't officially supported at a local Microsoft store due to the fact RTM is for business and personal geek use.
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    Windows 8 Pro / Ubuntu 13.04 / Win2Go


    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    I'm glad you got it fixed, oh and welcome to Eight Forums!

    Since you have nVidia, you should have "beta" drivers right now.
    8 isn't officially supported at a local Microsoft store due to the fact RTM is for business and personal geek use.
    Thanks!
    It's funny, I thought when the O.S. is RTM'ed, it was "released", so it would mean proper support and drivers.
    I've got this release from Dreamspark. Seems like finished, though.

    That's the first "bug" I've encountered so far, anyway. Glad it was kinda easy to sort it out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GTMoraes View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    I'm glad you got it fixed, oh and welcome to Eight Forums!

    Since you have nVidia, you should have "beta" drivers right now.
    8 isn't officially supported at a local Microsoft store due to the fact RTM is for business and personal geek use.
    Thanks!
    It's funny, I thought when the O.S. is RTM'ed, it was "released", so it would mean proper support and drivers.
    I've got this release from Dreamspark. Seems like finished, though.

    That's the first "bug" I've encountered so far, anyway. Glad it was kinda easy to sort it out!
    RTM'd does mean "released", but Windows might be working a little harder on SP1...
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    Win 8.1 Pro


    I will apologize in advance for being critical.

    But, again, this is another example of people crying Bug when there isn't any way to prove that a bug exists, or that this would not be a natural reaction to what it is, that you did.

    Based on your OP, you over-clocked you card and caused an issue.

    Glad you got it fixed, but please, using Bug as an adjective for anything that goes wrong with windows is old hyperbole. Especially when it is something that is not a good idea to begin with, such as Over-Clocking.

    Please don't take this post the wrong way. It is just that people have a tendency to throw Bug around ad nauseam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    I will apologize in advance for being critical.

    But, again, this is another example of people crying Bug when there isn't any way to prove that a bug exists, or that this would not be a natural reaction to what it is, that you did.

    Based on your OP, you over-clocked you card and caused an issue.

    Glad you got it fixed, but please, using Bug as an adjective for anything that goes wrong with windows is old hyperbole. Especially when it is something that is not a good idea to begin with, such as Over-Clocking.

    Please don't take this post the wrong way. It is just that people have a tendency to throw Bug around ad nauseam.
    Nah, no problemo. Feel free to speak whatever you think and anyway you like =)

    The thing is, it happened a while after a overclock crash, and it wasn't a broken card. Everything else was fine.
    I'm running my card back to 1GHz and 2070MHz and my only issue now is overheating due to the amount of cables inside the case, but that's another story.
    It looked like a bug because everything else was running smooth and nicely. 2D, 3D, overclock, video acceleration.. everything but Metro apps.
    Luckily it wasn't a Windows bug (Actually.. I'm not so sure), but infact, it's a graphic driver bug. Something went nuts and restoring the driver settings back to factory default solved it. What precisely, I don't know, but I've heard about ClearType on some forums. Maybe some anti-aliasing effects from nVidia Control Panel?

    I'm used with bluescreens and crashes. That's the price of pushing the machine to the limit. Finding the sweetspot is nice =) (1 hour ago, my netbook bluescreened with exactly the same error: WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR. Hehe, I'm trying to find the lowest voltage possible there)
    But that's the first time ever that something went bad after a overclock failure. I was astonished. Glad it worked out right
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    Good to hear it's ok now. Anyway a 1000/2000 MHz clock is quite good already.
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    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by GTMoraes View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    I'm glad you got it fixed, oh and welcome to Eight Forums!

    Since you have nVidia, you should have "beta" drivers right now.
    8 isn't officially supported at a local Microsoft store due to the fact RTM is for business and personal geek use.
    Thanks!
    It's funny, I thought when the O.S. is RTM'ed, it was "released", so it would mean proper support and drivers.
    I've got this release from Dreamspark. Seems like finished, though.

    That's the first "bug" I've encountered so far, anyway. Glad it was kinda easy to sort it out!
    RTM=Released to Manufacturer. This gives the hardware vendors time to use the final release to load their PC's and get the drivers working properly and the software vendors a test bed to tweak their software. On Oct 26 Windows 8 will be GA=General Availability and then us customers will get the support.

    Jim
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    THANK YOU so much!!!I did not know it was my Nvidia beta driver that mess up the UI screen. I was scratching my head all over trying to figure what program i install did this to my windows 8 xD I was about to reformat my computer today until i find this post. It is fixed!! xD

    I did not overclock my gtx 670 but i did mess with the advanced setting. Probably one of the setting mess up the UI and made it blurry and random black box
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