My Windows XP desktop icons have become slow to redraw. The desktop enhancement program Fences has become unusable with "hidden" icons being silhouetted, partially displayed fence titles, extremely slow icon movement.
My coworkers all have the exact same model of computer, all use the Intel Q45/43 Integrated Graphics, and all use Fences. I am the only one with this issue.
I believe it is due to the remnants of any of many various programs I've tinkered with to increase my productivity (VirtuaWin, DisplayFusion, SecondShell, and many others) The problem remains after uninstalling all of them, including Fences.
I thought the problem may be video card related, so I installed an NVIDIA GeForce 210 and disabled the integrated video in BIOS. However, the screen refresh issue remains the same.
Any thoughts on what might be causing this?
Computer: Dell Optiplex 780 Intel Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz 4 GB RAM Integrated Video: Intel Q45/Q43 Add-in Video: NVIDIA GeForce 210 Virtual memory: disabled
I currently run the basic Windows XP theme (Bliss background), and I can see the blue "Desktop" color around the jagged edges of screen icons.
Desktop icon labels are not transparent. The background color of them is the "Desktop" color.
Even though I have "Show translucent selection rectangle" selected. It is effectively invisible when selecting desktop icons.
Attempts to fix:
Lessen number of icons. I created a folder on the desktop and placed all icons inside. The only icons on my desktop are "Recycle Bin" and "My Desktop Icons". Problem remains.
Used the latest video drivers for both cards. Same issue.
I regularly trim my startup programs and services.