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Windows Looks Faded

The last couple days my screens look almost faded. I have windows vista. The tool bar at the bottom looks faded, the explorer windows look faded. Its the best way I can describe it, it looks faded. My messengers look different to, like the colors have changed. I have not done anything that I know of that woudl cause this problem.

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Normally, this indicates that the color settings in Display properties are set to a lower than normal setting

It should be 32 bit true color

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When i turn on the computer the gateway screen comes rightup but then the screen goes blank for a few minutes and the starts this screen that looks like a progress bar of vertical lines across the bottom...

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