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Desktop wallpaper keeps on switching back

By Nathan123
Jan 23, 2009
  1. Dear TechSpotters,

    I have a (hopefully) small problem:

    As many do, I use photos of mine as my desktop wallpaper. From time to time, I do switch these for a change. Now, since a couple of days, whenever I switch resolutions and/or display devices (I work with an external monitor connected to my laptop), the wallpaper would automatically switch back to an older picture of mine, I used as a wallpaper some time ago.

    When I open "properties" -> "desktop", the list of available wallpapers shows only a file name other than that of the wallpaper I want to have and the old one that is actually being shown (besides all the default Windows wallpapers). The preview for this image file shows a white screen, and indeed, if I hit apply (to reaffirm what has been selected anyway!), the desktop background turns all white.

    I am using Windows XP, SP3.

    Do you know what could be behind that? Any suggestions for remedies?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

    Nathan
     
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Sometimes the video graphics driver. Sometimes an infestation. Sometimes video card memory.
    I suspect you might benefit from a BIOS update, or an updated video graphics driver... or a run from CCleaner or other registry cleaner.
     
  3. Nathan123

    Nathan123 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hm, video graphics drivers are current and I run CCleaner on a regular basis. Looks like I'll see if I can go about update the BIOS...

    Or are there other potential causes for this?
     
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