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By Trish44 ·
I can't figure out why this is happening. When I'm online I can surf the net for awhile & then all of the sudden I get numbers in my scroll bar. After that things start smearing down the page & icons turn black. In order to stop this I have to close down my browser & reopen it. If I don't close it soon enough it will freeze everything up. What could be causing this? I just upgraded my video card to a new one with a lot more memory & faster & this didn't make a difference. I have a brand new LCD monitor also. Does anybody have a clue what this could be & how to fix it? I'm running Windows ME, have an AMD 1.8G CPU & 512 mb memory. Help, this is maddening!

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by TheChas In reply to Weird problem

Assuming that it is not a virus.
(You have checked, right?)

It just could be the Windows large RAM bug.

There is a bug in the core Windows 9X/Me code that can cause a variety of problems with more than 511MB of RAM.

Since the bug is VERY configuration dependant, the new video card driver may have been what triggered the bug.

There is NO patch or hot-fix for this bug.

The cheapest fix is to reduce the amount of installed RAM to less than 512MB.
I limit my Windows 9X boxes to 384MB just to avoid this bug.

The "best" Microsoft supported fix is to upgrade to Windows XP.

Since you have enough system horsepower, I recommend that you upgrade to XP.
XP is MUCH more stable than Me.

Chas

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by RCOM In reply to Weird problem

The monitor simply displays whatever is output to it. If it can't handle the signal there can be visual problems but nothing like this. If you change the screen resolution or colors does the problem still occur?

Also agree with the issue of too much ram for Win9X. 384MB is plenty and if your video card has more memory then there shouldn't be a notable change in system performance.

Since you only mentioned Internet Explorer as the only software that's having this problem my answer is directed towards issues with that.

Start simple. As mentioned run a full system scan with updated virus software of choice.

Do the normal deletion of cookies and temp files.

Go to the Microsoft Update site and check for updates download and install those. Including latest version of Direct X.

Reset Internet Explorer features back to default.


Run system file check "scf.exe /scannow" to see if anything's been changed or corrupted.

Reinstall Internet Explorer.
From "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer" run "ie6setup.exe".. Select the option that lets you choose what to install. Then click the advanced tab and select to download the files to install later. Remeber to notice the path that the files will be saved in. After downloading the files you can reinstall Internet Explorer and will also have the files if you ever need to install again.

This article explains how to uninstall Interent Explorer six and new a reinstall of Windows 9X.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=312451

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by Trish44 In reply to Weird problem

This was all happening before I upgraded the video card & still is happening after. It also happens in both Netscape & Internet Explorer, so browser doesn't matter. I only just recently did a new installation of Windows ME due to my hard drive dying & installing a new one. This also was happening before the new hard drive & after the new installation.

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by CG IT In reply to Weird problem

I've seen smearing of displayed pages. In a nut shell what's causing the problem is "time lag" with loading a web page. It usually happens when a user moves the page with the scroll bar before all the packets for the page has been received by the computer. The fix is wait until the entire page is loaded.

Note: I'm with Chas in that you need to reduce the amount of RAM you have to something below 512MB. That or upgrade to Windows XP , which doesn't have a memory limitation. You can ignor this recommendation by Chas and others however you will experience data loss, Windows lock ups, Critical Error messages, corrupt operating system files simply because Windows 9X/ME can not address memory above 512MB and anything written to memory at the 512 memory addresses might not be able to be retrieved by the operating system. $100.00 for Windows XP Home or $145 for Windows XP Pro [OEM version] is a small cost compared to the problems and frustration that continuing to use an amount of memory that Windows can't work with.

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