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    need some computer setting help

    A couple of days ago, my computer started doing something weird with videos.

    Say I was watching a YouTube video. For some reason, the image would be magnified a hundred times, so I was seeing only a small portion of the image, like it had zoomed in 800% or something. Everything else would be normal size, but everything inside the video screen box would be expanded so I only saw 5% of the image and it would be grainy.

    What happened and how can I undo it?
    Last edited by sam luis obispo; November 6, 2018 at 11:21 PM.
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    Re: need some computer setting help

    Its Zuckerberg with a magnifying glass looking at his dick
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    Dont hate him , hate your fuking bullshit game !

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    Re: need some computer setting help

    My first step would be to try a different web browser and see if you can duplicate the problem. You can try Brave (brave.com) or Slimjet (slimjet.com). I'm assuming here, maybe wrongly, you're running the Windows OS. You can also try watching videos locally (from a DVD or MP4 file, for instance), to see if the problem appears.

    If you can duplicate the problem with a different browser, and/or by running videos locally vs off the Internet, then try vacuuming out accumulated dust in the system. Blocked airflow can affect certain subsystems while leaving others unaffected. Do not blow air into the system because all that'll do is create a giant dustwad and shove it into some dark place that you'll never be able to fish out, and then you're screwed. Vacuum the dust out. If it's a desktop system, pull the cover and get in there with the vacuum.

    If the system is dust-free and the problem still exists, even with a different browser, and even running videos locally, and if the system is a desktop, then shut the system down, unplug the power cable (extremely important because on some systems there are motherboard voltages present even when the power switch is off), wait 5 minutes for all residual voltages to drain off, then re-seat every connector and daughtercard (slotted to the motherboard) you can find. When you do this, maintain contact with the system's metal frame with your other hand, or a forearm, so as not to induce a failure from a static electricity discharge. Also reseat all memory modules, and again be sure to maintain contact with the frame metal during this. Button it back up and try again.

    That's enough for now. Let us know how you make out. I'll check back here tomorrow A.M. U.S. time.

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    Re: need some computer setting help

    Quote Originally Posted by kru-kut View Post
    I'm assuming here, maybe wrongly, you're running the Windows OS.
    Yes.

    You can also try watching videos locally (from a DVD or MP4 file, for instance), to see if the problem appears.
    Ran DVD...same problem.

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    so frustrating....
    I'm installing Slimjet.
    Last edited by sam luis obispo; November 7, 2018 at 2:22 AM.
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    Re: need some computer setting help

    More information needed:
    What operating system?
    What video card/driver? (since you say it occurs in other video playing apps I'm thinking video driver and/or video API like DirectPlay)
    Does the problem occur with static images or animated GIFs as well?

    At a glance I'd say ignore the recommendations about blowing out your card. This does not appear to be a hardware issue. Reinstall/upgrade your video drivers, verify the operating system integrity (for Windows based systems - start, run, "sfc /scannow", process will take up to several hours).

    A quick google search also offered this possibility if you're on W10: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...d-b0dbe4bc1035
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    Re: need some computer setting help

    Ok, problem still exists when playing DVDs. That's good info. If you're seeing the same problem when running local content, then installing a different browser probably won't help much.

    Try my other suggestions so you're certain you don't have an overheating or internal connectivity issue. After that, download and run CCleaner (ccleaner.com). EDIT: Don't accept the free Avast AV offer unless you actually want that package. The free CCleaner version will do. There are 2 important sections: "cleaner" and "registry." Shut down all applications, then run the cleaner section first to get rid of temporary files and other files that aren't needed. After that, run the registry section ("scan for issues," then "fix all issues"). When you specify "fix," you'll be asked whether you want to create a restore point; you can if you want to, but in all the years I've used this tool I've never seen it cripple a system, and I've used it hundreds of times on various Windows OS versions. It's your choice. After the registry section is done, immediately reboot the system, and now the system will be running off the clean(ed) registry. Now try to duplicate the problem you were having.

    I'll check back later & see how you've made out.

    p.s. CCleaner at one time, unbeknownst to the company, carried a malware payload, but that issue was fixed ages ago. The application is safe.

    p.p.s. Just occurred to me to ask whether you can hear the system's fans running. And whether this is a desktop or laptop. If it's a laptop, can you feel air flowing out the exhaust vents? Make sure the surface it's on isn't blocking the vent holes. It should be on a hard, flat surface. Putting a laptop on a bed, for example, is a worst-case scenario with laptops that have bottom air intakes. Or on your lap where where your knees or thighs block intakes.
    Last edited by kru-kut; November 7, 2018 at 9:44 AM. Reason: Forgot to specify CCleaner install options

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    Re: need some computer setting help

    Update graphic cards driver, browser and adobe flash player (though since YT is afaik HTML 5 this shouldn't be related ... still worth a try)
    edit: Could also be video player related. I recommend downloading the VLC Player: https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.de.html
    Alternatively there's the combined community codec pack https://www.chip.de/downloads/Combin..._23445857.html

    Since kru-kut brought up cleaning tools, there's another free powerful tool called Hijackthis. https://www.chip.de/downloads/HijackThis_13011934.html
    Be careful though you should not removed anything on your own. Make a scan, save a logfile and let experts analyze said logfile. (forums can easily be found via google)
    There used to be an automatic logfile analyzer, but the site seems to have shut down.
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