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I've been having this "glitch" that mostly only occurs when Windows barely loads in to the desktop. It is this one black square(rectangle) that usually appears in two spots, lets say in the center disappears and reappears in the upper left corner. sometimes has three locations. this usually followed by an error message that i can never figure out what it really means.
I've been wanting to post this up for a while but it happens so quick that i can't snap a photo with my camera. Today i got (un)lucky for the square to stop in the upper left corner so i took a picture.

oddly the only time this square was covered was with the start menu open

oh and this is the error


Should I worry about this? does anyone know what may be causing this/ any fixes?
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Does the error message pop up in safe mode? If not, I'd uninstall the drivers in Device Manager for your video card, then download Driver Sweeper and get rid of all ATI and Nvidia drivers. (You read it right lol) Then run CCleaner and get rid of all temp files, then run CCleaner on the Registry and fix all errors. Reboot into safe mode, and install the latest drivers from nvidia.com/drivers.

If it still happens in Safe Mode, then I'm at a total loss. Googling it has led me to threads pointing at IE8, Drivers, and dead threads with no replies, so hopefully my driver solution works.

EDIT
This might help you out some.
http://forum.cakewalk.com/tm.aspx?m=2161370
Edited by Razinhail - 3/14/11 at 8:23am
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Does it appear in screenshots?

Also, do you know what "TBIA" might be? It sounds to me like something is starting with Windows that is causing this to happen. So, let's take a look at the Startup folder in the Start menu as well as msconfig, but without making any changes right now. Actually, can you post a screenshot to show the entire list in msconfig's Startup tab? If you have a scrollbar in this tab, then take multiple screenshots of the different scroll positions in order to show the entire list.

I'd also like to see the Processes tab in Task Manager with the Description field expanded like this:





Tip: Please use Alt+Print Screen to take screenshots of only the active window, and save the screenshots using the PNG format. But prior to pasting them into Microsoft Paint, shrink that white area down to something very tiny and then go ahead and paste the screenshot. This will avoid having any extra white space around your screenshots.


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Does the error message pop up in safe mode? If not, I'd download Driver Sweeper and get rid of all ATI and Nvidia drivers. (You read it right lol) Then run CCleaner and get rid of all temp files, then run CCleaner on the Registry and fix all errors. Reboot into safe mode, and install the latest drivers from nvidia.com/drivers.

If it still happens in Safe Mode, then I'm at a total loss. Googling it has led me to threads pointing at IE8, Drivers, and dead threads with no replies, so hopefully my driver solution works.

EDIT
This might help you out some.a
http://forum.cakewalk.com/tm.aspx?m=2161370
If Driver Sweeper is used without first uninstalling the driver/software from within the Programs and Features, then it will make things worse.
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Tip: Please use Alt+Print Screen to take screenshots of only the active window
And all these years I have been cutting and pasting what I needed out of screenshots!

I'll add the step about uninstalling drivers first to my Driver Sweeper routine. Thanks buddy!
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And all these years I have been cutting and pasting what I needed out of screenshots!

I'll add the step about uninstalling drivers first to my Driver Sweeper routine. Thanks buddy!
You're welcome! I feel privileged to be helpful!
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You're welcome! To me, it's a privilege to be helpful!
At the risk of sounding like the CEO of the TwoCables Fanboy Club, (oh who am I kidding, we all know I really am! ) You are most helpful. Even after all these years of experience I have, I still learn from you.
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At the risk of sounding like the CEO of the TwoCables Fanboy Club, (oh who am I kidding, we all know I really am! ) You are most helpful. Even after all these years of experience I have, I still learn from you.
Wow. Now that's a major privilege! However, I'm always learning too. If it weren't for Overclock.net, then I would still have an old pre-built and I'd still wouldn't know anything about any technology that came out after like 1999 or so. Of course, I also wouldn't know about Alt+Print Screen.
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Here are the screen shots as 2-Cables asked. I've never ever heard of this method up till now




I will reboot again to see if t he square shows up and prt sc it
it doesn't always happen or at least i don't always notice it.

I will try the drivers thing in a bit too
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Oh no. It looks like it's coming from the M-AUDIO Task Bar Icon Applet (M-AudioTaskBarIcon.exe). I mean, the window title is "TBIA". However, I don't know anything about it beyond its name based on these nice screenshots.

So, do you need it? It sounds like it's in the Notification Area which is by the clock. If you don't need it, then there might be a way to remove it/disable it/hide it from within the related software itself. This would result in you never having to see this error ever again which may also mean you'll never have to see those black rectangles again.
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A little off original topic but 89 processes? HOLLY COW! That must take forever to start up. Interested in help? Feel free to PM me or check out http://www.blackviper.com/2010/12/17...onfigurations/ along with http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/ for a start up list too.
You'll be amazed what a difference it will make. Win 7 x64 will run with only 34 processes plus it'll cut physical memory usage in half. Everything functions the same just works a lot better.
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