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Every few minutes Visual Studio will completely go crazy.

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  • The content of tabs is offset.
  • Code is not drawn at all.
  • Clicking on tabs does nothing.
  • Toolbox windows are also not rendered correctly

Only resizing the window temporarily fixes the issue, but only for a few more minutes and then it corrupts again.

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When experiencing graphical issues inside of Visual Studio, it can often be attributed to the use of hardware accelerated graphics. Thus, try disabling it.

  1. Go to Tools then Options:

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  2. The setting you're looking for is located in the Environment section:

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Good one to know! I've disabled it on mine now, curious to see if it results in less crashes/hangs/frustration. –  Amicable Aug 29 '12 at 14:34
In my case, the issue persists even after disabling hardware acceleration. Disabling the rich client visual experience also doesn't fix it. –  Oliver Salzburg Aug 31 '12 at 10:40

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