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Rhinehart 10-16-2006 06:41 PM

Windows Update Horror Story
I apologize for the length of this post, but I wanted to be thorough and tell it my way.

I've got this problem with my laptop (it's a Sony Vaio PCG-K23 - PDF of the specs from Sony's customer service) that confused me a bit recently. All of a sudden, one day, I lost the ability to display video on my computer. I could still do YouTube and Google Video, cuz they're basically just flash, but any video of any file type I tried to play on my computer just showed up as blank. It played and I could hear everything, I just couldn't SEE anything. There was also sort of a static effect on my screen. Every once in awhile, there'd be this line that would flash on the screen. It started happening pretty often, unless I had a game running full-screen. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling my codec packs, but that didn't work at all. After some other crap happened the next day, I just reformatted and everything worked fine again. Until just this afternoon, when I was installing some Windows Updates and I decided to run a video again and once again, it was black, and now I've got that flashing line thing on my screen again. So I'm pretty sure it was something that Windows Update installed. I just removed two (the only ones I could find) updates related to Windows Media Player and installed Windows Media Player 10 ('cuz I hadn't done that yet). The only other thing I can think to do, is to reinstall the display drivers after Windows Update has had its fun with my computer. But if anyone knows anything more about this subject, seeing as how I'm really not sure my idea's gonna work, I welcome other people's help.

Spork 2.0 10-16-2006 09:23 PM

Make sure your version of windows is fully updated (especially any updates related to WMP) and try installing this.

Rhinehart 10-16-2006 10:27 PM

Yeah, I'm waiting for the Windows Update stuff to finish, but I already have the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack and the Combined Community Codec Pack (needed that one for mkv files). I'll probably uninstall both my codec packs and the display driver, then reinstall 'em all and see if that helps. After Automatic Updates, anyway.

Edit: Well, I just tried uninstalling and reinstalling my display driver, but that didn't fix it, either. I know it was a Windows Update that did it, but I have no idea which one it was, since it was a batch install.

Re-Edit: O.o I just fixed it. I messed around in the display properties and got to the displays tab and changed the Scheme to Switch Amongst Displays and after I hit Alt+F5 (the hotkey for switching betwen displays), it worked all of a sudden. Well, hopefully, if anyone else gets this problem, this thread'll help 'em out.

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