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Old 06-18-2008, 01:17 AM   #1
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Weird problem with pics on web pages
I'm having an odd problem on my old Windows XP rig. It seems that, no matter which browser I use (IE 7 and FF 3), every image - no matter how mall - looks like a JPEG. Everything is fuzzy. No, it's not the monitor - text is crisp and crystal clear. Images on my hard disk, Flash applications, and videos look fine. But when a picture is on a webpage, it looks like it's been compressed to within in inch of its life, even if it's a PNG.

Anyone ever encounter anything like this?

Another problem I'm having: I have been unable to install any updates for Windows XP on this rig for the longest time. I just get some message saying that the installation failed with no explanation.
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:14 AM   #2
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Re: Weird problem: pictures being automatically compressed or something on web pages
Maybe your display driver has gone bonkers? That is quite a strange problem you have there...

As for the updates: c't offline update works really great (info here).

Checked for viruses/malware?
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:08 AM   #3
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Re: Weird problem: pictures being automatically compressed or something on web pages
No, that's not it. Drivers are updated.
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:08 AM   #4
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Re: Weird problem with pics on web pages
If you make a simple screenshot, do you see the same thing on another system?
What if you manually save a single image (that looks wrong) and watch it on another system?
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:57 PM   #5
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Re: Weird problem with pics on web pages
Actually, I figured out the problem.

I'm using a 3G wireless satellite connection to connect, and it was set to compress images in order to make the connection go faster. I found the setting for the compression and turned it off.

To let you know how bad it was: at 1280x1024, the smilies on this forum were dithered. There were JPEG artifacts all along the sidebar on the front page, and what would normally be a solid color became several distinct shades. It was all very distracting and very ugly and made reading captchas impossible.
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:32 AM   #6
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Re: Weird problem with pics on web pages
Thanks for the info. I would have never thought of something like this, great for future reference! Even better you sorted it out!
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:08 PM   #7
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Re: Weird problem with pics on web pages
Thanks for your suggestions, too. It's good being able to see people's avatars and not smudges of JPEG blur.
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