just recently i reformatted my dell inspirion 700m. i installed all the windows updates but hadnt really been surfing the web with it.
just recently i started using it and noticed that while browsing, although the webpages would appear to be fully loaded, the pictures remain to be distorted (as if internet explore were still loading them). the pictures are distorted, discolored, and they all look like they are all taken by super low quality 99 cent store cameras. i notice that also alot of webpage templates and banners are affected as well (such as the ebay, google, and yahoo images)
this problem of picture distortion seems to be limited to within my web browsers in both firefox and internet explorer. i loaded pictures from my digital camera, and from a usb drive and those images came out okay.
its only when the images are loaded via the web. when pictures are sent to me via ftp, or sent as an attachment to an email (where i download them) those come out okay too. but when the images are loaded through my browser that when im getting these discolored images. In fact, these little smiley face icons to the left of this text box are discolored and faceless. =/
i reformatted my computer again recently and it was fine. i created a restore point right after installing all the drivers for the hardware. i then started downloading all the windows updates and after all that this problem started happening again. i tried to restore it back to before the updates via system restore but the problem still existed. although im not sure its an ms update thats causing the problem, its something that i havent ruled out and am suspecting.
i ruled out a graphics card issue because its limited to within my web browsers, and only to images loaded within them. it doesnt affect the screen, text, template of apps, or existing images not loaded through the web browser. nonetheless i rolled back the driver just in case ^_^
but yea. no luck.
i have no idea what to do because usually when i have a problem, reformatting is something that usually solves the trick; in this case its a problem thats come back to haunt me despite my reformats. if anyone can offer any help; or might know of any ms update that may be causing the problem (of course that's a speculation and not a fact that i think it may be an ms update) please share your knowledge. your two cents would definitely be appreciated.