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Old 01-06-2012, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Photoshop CS5 display problem

Running Windows 7.
Computer is Sony laptop VPCCW21FX.
Graphics are NVIDIA GeForce 310M, Driver Date: 11/2/2009, Driver Version 8.16.11.8783

With Photoshop CS5, usually when I load an image the image name shows up in the tab but the photo does not appear. The "hour glass" persists. Waiting doesn't help. I can fix this by launching a graphic file manager or by minimizing Photoshop and expanding it. When I do this the screen blinks, giving me the impression that the video card is switching into a different mode. I checked the NVIDIA site for a driver update, and its driver sniffer told me my driver is not a stock driver, and that the computer maker changed it. I believe this, because it seems like a Sony thing to do. And I assume Sony does not have a later version because Sony's automated updater has not offered me one.

I had a hunch maybe Win 7 Aero was something to try turning off, but I can't find where to turn it off. Other than that, I have no idea what to try.

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One quick way to ditch Aero: rightclick the desktop, choose Personalize, and in the pane that appears, choose one of the themes OTHER than the "Aero Themes" ones. My Win7 boxes have all come with a manufacturer-supplied theme or two, so I pick those, change the background to something more satisfying. Pplain gray or deep blue ... I don't mind if the stuff ON the screen is exciting but I don't want the screen itself competing for attention ;-)

Your new theme will appear at the top of the themes display; if it works, you'll probably want to save it (click "Save theme" to the right of the current theme at top of display)

   
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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They only provide one non-Aero Theme, which I am now using. That seemed to fix the PS problem, but one of my plugins still didn't work right. I ended up reinstalling the driver. Which fixed it. But then I switched to a different theme and back again, and the plugin was broken again. So I replaced the driver again, and this fixed it. Something screwy going on.

BTW, I ran a diagnostic and it it says my driver is not compatible with Aero. Makes me wonder what is on Sony's mind. I am tempted to not buy a Sony again, even though they look very cool.

   
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