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Im having this problem ever since i switched to Windows 8.1 where the taskbar would just freeze, like the time would stop and then sometimes id look back and be like "oh its only 12AM?" ... then later to look on my phone and realize its like 3AM LOL. I hover my mouse over the taskbar and SOMETIMES, it will just switch back to normal time..... or MOST of the time, it will just freeze and then my Windows button on the bottom left disappears, i try to press my windows key and all i get is a blank screen with no tiles.... and then my MSI Afterburner has some weird pink background shadow ??? Like .... the UI or something has crashed or is malfunctioning?

The only way to fix it is to restart my computer via pressing the button on my motherboard/on my case. I cant right click the windows button (because it disappeared) to shut down my computer or restart it... Sometimes it will fix itself if i keep clicking or opening and closing applications.

Task manager also does not come up.

Why is this doing this?

EDIT: In between of making this thread the pink background thing is going on and i took a screen shot, and my windows button actually went away (you can see its like halfway showing? - glitched?) and when i press my windows button or click the Windows start icon, it takes me to a blank screen with no tiles.






You can also see the time has actually disappeared again on me.....?

What the? mad.gif

Please OCN, i need your help.... i dont know what to do...
Edited by Aesthethc - 4/12/14 at 2:59am
post #2 of 16
Looks like it could be an unstable overclock, I'd point my finger at the GPU and it's RAM.

Are you able to open task manager using Ctrl + Shift + Esc rather than the GUI?
Edited by Bearybear - 4/12/14 at 6:36am
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Originally Posted by Bearybear View Post

Looks like it could be an unstable overclock, I'd point my finger at the GPU and it's RAM.

Are you able to open task manager using Ctrl + Shift + Esc rather than the GUI?

Its still happening right now with stock clocks. I dont think it is an unstable overclock though, i have my GPU at 1.35v with a +90 offset.

With a +90 offset, i can easily do with stock volts. I can do +284 offset on core and bench and pass.

The RAM is not overclocked it is at +0 if you can tell. The VRAM can be set to +800 offset @ 1.75v or +600 offset at 1.60v so i dont think its my overclocks that are unstable? Its not even on its most maximum overclock?

My Windows taskbar keeps disappearing, it will sometimes just lock up if i leave my computer on overnight, ill come back and see that the taskbar froze at 9:11am . Its 2:49pm right now. When i try to hover over the clock it disappears, then if i hover over the windows button it disappears, It even glitched and shifted over my icons on my taskbar to the LEFT, where my windows button was.... I press my Windows key on my keyboard and it takes me to the Windows 8.1 tile screen, but its completely blank.

No live tiles, no tiles, no description, no user name... just a blank screen.

Then i go back to my desktop and then the taskbar is still messed up...

The only way to fix this is to reboot my computer or SOMETIMES i can fix it by bringing up Task Manager by doing CTRL + SHIFT + ESC. But sometimes it doesnt always fix it, i have to reboot the computer.

No one else can say anything? I am a firm believer in good advice being repaid with reputation points. I just need help i dont know what to do.

I posted in another forum and they told me to "unpark my cores" LOL seriously? I want to facepalm so hard.
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Heres a video. it fixed itself pretty quickly, but it does this from time to time so it DOES get pretty annoying.... i have to constantly keep fiddling with my computer.... why is this happening?
post #5 of 16
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No one else can say anything?

I guess overclock.net is not the place to ask this question?

I mean people on microsoft forums are telling me to unpark my cores....

Am i out of hope?
post #6 of 16
unparking your cores will not do anything but I would do it regardless, for me boosting my memory clocks that high will cause graphical glitches a +600 -+800 is a pretty hefty overclock. bring that down to stock clocks and see if it disappears.

I know mine at +300 had weird issues but that was with no memory voltage adjustment.
 
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unparking your cores will not do anything but I would do it regardless, for me boosting my memory clocks that high will cause graphical glitches a +600 -+800 is a pretty hefty overclock. bring that down to stock clocks and see if it disappears.

I know mine at +300 had weird issues but that was with no memory voltage adjustment.

Im not sure if you understand,

in the picture it CLEARLY SHOWS +0 OFFSET. Meaning there is currently NO overclock on the memory.

I am at both 1.35v for the GPU core and 1.75v for the Mem voltage. Both of which are above stock voltage.

its not the graphical glitches im too concerned about, its my task bar that doesnt work and my time freezing up on me....
post #8 of 16
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So everyone thinks its an unstable overclock and here i am passing IBT on Extreme, Prime 95 for 24 hours, Firestrike Extreme and scoring 6,100, passing Firestrike and scoring 12,200..... passing every known benchmark ive thrown at it

This is on a +240 GPU core offset, and +800 mem offset.

And in the picture its half the GPU Core offset, and +0 memory offset and my voltages are at 1.35v for the core and 1.75 for mem voltage and the only replies ive gotten was about my overclocks not being stable.....

Come on guys............ I really hope i dont have to make an account on another forum or something just so i can get help, Microsoft and Overclock.net say anything good so far.......
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So everyone thinks its an unstable overclock and here i am passing IBT on Extreme, Prime 95 for 24 hours, Firestrike Extreme and scoring 6,100, passing Firestrike and scoring 12,200..... passing every known benchmark ive thrown at it

This is on a +240 GPU core offset, and +800 mem offset.

And in the picture its half the GPU Core offset, and +0 memory offset and my voltages are at 1.35v for the core and 1.75 for mem voltage and the only replies ive gotten was about my overclocks not being stable.....

Come on guys............ I really hope i dont have to make an account on another forum or something just so i can get help, Microsoft and Overclock.net say anything good so far.......
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Originally Posted by 06yfz450ridr View Post

unparking your cores will not do anything, for me boosting my memory clocks that high will cause graphical glitches a +600 -+800 is a pretty hefty overclock. bring that down to stock clocks and see if it disappears.

I know mine at +300 had weird issues but that was with no memory voltage adjustment.

Ahh thought you had it clocked at those speeds.

If its truly at stock with and offset its most likely something else. Have you had the same gpu on windows 8 since it was installed?


I would give ddu a try and a re install of your graphics driver.

Also run a memory test and maybe occt on your gpu to test for graphical errors even at stock


Edit. Its late and didnt read the first post.

I would mosy likely say if you upgraded from 7 to 8 that is the moat likely cause.

I tried it and it screwed my pc up so bad i finally just did a fresh install for 8.1 on it was fine.

Just like driver updates. Upgrading isnt always a good idea if you did indeed upgrade
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    When it is acting up, here's something to try before rebooting: Open Task Manager (press [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[Esc]), go to the Details tab, find and terminate dwm.exe.  The screen should flicker as Windows restarts the Desktop Window Manager.  This should force everything to redraw, temporarily fixing the screen glitches and redrawing the frozen windows.
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