Like most of the posts on this site something’s been bugging me for almost years at this point (ok, a year.. probably less) and it’s finally pushed me over the edge to try to fix it. – My screen keeps going black, seemingly randomly whenever it decides it wants a breather. Let me preface I’ve got an NVIDIA GPU of some sort for the gaming and whatnot. It uses the NVIDIA GeForce control panel to sort its inner workings. If you’ve not got that you might be able to play along here but also you might be out of luck. Let me know in the comments if this helps either way.
The quick summary is up there in the title. Whenever a video plays my screen goes black for a moment and comes back a second later and plays the video as normal. Now this hasn’t really been enough to give me that pure nerd rage that results in fixes until the likes of Facebook and Twitter started playing videos automatically as you scroll about 20 times a day trying to find something interesting to look at.
So of course every few pages worth of scrolls (and increasing) my screen would flicker black and then when I’d gone past the video it would flick black again. Repeat like 300 times as I scroll through Facebook far too frequently.
Anyway as it turns out it’s really easy to fix. The problem comes in when your computer decides “oh snap, I’d like to run this through the hardware rather than work this out using my CPU” (or something along that line) so all you really need to do is tell it not to do that anymore.
Open up the NVIDIA control panel
Flick on over to the menu “Adjust desktop colour settings”
Change this setting here from whatever it is now (Probably “Auto-select (recommended)” if you’re having this problem) – change it to “Desktop programs”
Hit the old Apply button that’s now appeared in the bottom right corner. Boom, issue resolved.
While I’ve not been able to get it just yet, reports are that Windows 8.1 is being rolled out as I type this. If you’re already on Windows 8 have a peek in the Windows Store and it should be there as an update.
Fingers are very crossed that this fixes the issues we’ve seen in A fix for my Windows 8 laptop dropping wifi connection. Most notably of course the wifi dropping out for no apparent reason.
Other things that have changed are that the Start bar is back! As I say I’ve not seen 8.1 yet but I’ll be sure to uninstall ClassicShell and give it a whirl, probably attach a video or something too. Obviously if you’ve tried it and have any sort of opinion on it (Good or bad!) please do feel free to mention in the comments below!
If you’re more of a cautious sort of person and would prefer someone else jump in first please let me know any specifics you’d like looking at and I’ll make sure to have a poke around in that area.
Changes in 8.1
- Start button
- Booting to desktop
- Organizing the home screen
- Hot Corners
- Default/Favourite apps
- Wallpapers and slideshows
- App updates
Good lord I hope it doesn’t suck as much as the transition from real Windows to mid-life crisis Windows 8 did.
Plagued by the constant disconnecting from the wifi whenever I wandered off for a few moments to do something in meatspace I had to find out what was going on.
Then I procrastinated.. and completely forgot about it.
Then it did it again so I started searching. Piecing together giblets of information from the internet I figured out Windows 8 likes to switch off power to the wifi adapter if the computer goes idle for long enough.
Windows 8.1 is here now. Maybe it fixes it, maybe it doesn’t. Lawd I hope it does!
First bit: We’ll disable it in power management: Slide the mouse down to the bottom-right corner, then once your right-side navigation thing pops up go to the top ‘Search’ (ClassicShell: Press the Windows key In the text box at the bottom) type “Edit power plan” and click the result.
Change advanced settings. Open up the “Wireless Adapter Settings” then “Power Saving Mode” and make sure it doesn’t disconnect your wifi to save power by setting (at least AC, but I went with both because I live life on the edge). Switch it up to Maximum Performance which should stop it from disconnecting at random.
I say should, as it didn’t actually work very well for me. After a (longer, to be fair) while it disconnected again. As it turns out there’s another place to control a similar setting.
Second bit: Go into your network settings. Control panel again.. Mouse to the bottom-right, ‘Search’ again. This time type “Control panel” and click the result. From here we want “Network and Internet” and then “Network and Sharing Center” and from there “Change adapter settings” (It’s on the left hand menubar)
Right click your wifi adapter -> click Properties -> click Configure -> click Power Management
Uncheck the box “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”. That should do the job.
Worked so far, anyway..
Video instructions for Second bit