Spent yesterday fixing the graphics on my desktop computer. Have an MSI Radeon HD 6450 board, and kind of my own fault but some of the Windows programming did not help any. Few days ago was playing with the Overdrive function in the ATI Catalyst Control Center.
How was I supposed to know that should have left the Mhz speed alone? I had turned down the fan since so noisy. And had turned up the Memory on the settings, because whenever the system crashes it shows to have a memory-error problem.
But after changing the general speed for the graphics chip, whole thing went wonko. Should have taken a picture of the screen. Had two taskbars, one crossing through the middle, then it went into showing four versions of the desktop on one screen like a checkerboard. And worst thing was that everything was completely frozen without even control-alt-delete working to bring up taskmanager.
So the first thing I’m telling myself is to not panic. Which only had a marginal effect. Would have tried booting the system into safemode, but have absolutely no idea how to get into safemode with Windows 8.1. I never really made much use of safemode anyway on any of the Windows systems.
Powered down the machine, took out the graphics board and reattached the cables to the integrated graphics board, started up and install software for that. But of course, I want to be able to use the better graphics board, mainly because I needed it to use some of the 3D rendering in the Adobe Pro software. So after reassuring myself that the integrated graphics worked, I put the HD 6450 back in the machine and let Windows install the drivers. Which worked for awhile.
But in the end I gutted every bit of ATI software and even deleted some registry entries. Didn’t matter, every launch of the ATI Catalyst Control Center re-initiated those bad graphics settings and I was in the same mess. I must have uninstalled and reinstalled the CCC half a dozen times.
When left with just the system drivers and no CCC, Adobe did not recognize the GPU memory and shut down all 3D options. I felt trapped between Microsoft and Adobe poor planning and poor software builds. Like I was in the middle of some bad joke. And who could I blame? I was the one who got curious and changed the Overdrive settings into the FU range ….
What finally did, was took the install disk that came with the graphics card … and even though it was for Windows 7 I proceeded to install the software from it. First thing I installed off the disk was the MSI version of Overdrive — where it takes over those controls. And that worked, even though it showed the bad range I had set, MSI was not CARRYING OUT the bad range on the board and actual Mhz was much lower. So I used it to reset the numbers back into a low-range and saved the settings. Left the fan on automatic because at this point I’m throwing my hands up in the air ….
So looks like is going to fly …. no blue screen of death, even. Which is good thing.
I used to write more tech blogs — and realize a lot of readers are “poetry readers” and all. But might be surprised, most of the traffic on this site is for tech and am getting over 200 hits a week on one blog alone that I wrote last year. Poetry has a much smaller audience … plus I like to help people who are going through same thing. Or just looking for answers.
I don’t really expect poetry readers to plow through the tech blogs or any of that. The more specific a problem the better chance of helping someone and the less interesting for a normal reader.
Point of this blog is to say …….. MICROSOFT — WTH?????? If you would just clean out the setting registry entries when the program is deleted, then could reinstall a program like CCC with the settings back at default. But for some reason someone decided it’s more time-efficient to KEEP the settings and put those on every new install. I’m here to tell you it is NOT a good idea to do that and to say thank you very much for letting STUPID run the show. (that is sarcasm there in case you didn’t notice).
These are the kind of mistakes that are preventable … and proof that just because you CAN program something a certain way, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. And while it might look good on record, for some desk-jockey to show how Windows keeps everyone’s settings and isn’t that wonderful? It is NOT wonderful and now we having nothing but a big mess.
Also, while I’m at it …. how about an option to CLEAR every bit of settings for 8 that are saved to the “cloud” ??? Because run into the SAME problem, you do a completely fresh and clean install of Windows 8 — and guess what? Are STUCK with the same BAD settings. For example, something at some point set my tiles to display incorrectly. So when the screen is in High-Res mode, it shows LESS rows of start-tiles instead of more. I research this problem and apparently there is a setting that does not show up on MY version of Windows 8.
So get this — it is a setting that WAS available in the old Windows 8 or in other tablet versions. And THAT setting got saved to the cloud, and now I can NEVER NEVER change or be rid of it. And every Windows 8 I sign onto for the rest of my LIFE, will have these incorrect settings. Frustrating? Just a bit.
And I tried checking the option to NOT import cloud settings — it STILL did that — as well as installing old themes. Sort of like how the auto-correct never responds to its own settings or commands.
So how about an option to wipe the cloud clean? Is that such a hard thing? I guess so …
These are things you all should be on top of, Microsoft … settled and fixed YESTERDAY. You think in general it is better to have all those saved settings, and I’m saying it is foolish to cater to only the few who would be lost without that. Why don’t we cater to common sense, instead?