Playing cards flashing in Microsoft games

Discussion in 'alt.windows7.general' started by SC Tom, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    Win7 HP SP1 32-bit, Asus M4N68T-M V2 MB, 4GB RAM, 465GB SATA-II HDD (415GB
    free), Nvidia GT 240 video card w/ latest driver.

    Recently (within the last 2 or 3 days; I'm not exactly sure), my cards in
    Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, and the tiles in Mahjong Titans have
    been flashing, like the cursor is rapidly passing over each card. The only
    way to start a new game is to press F2 and then Enter; the mouse won't allow
    me to pick anything from the menus since they just flash like the cards do.

    Some of the things I've tried in order to resolve this issue are:
    Scanned for malware (MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and MSE) - each came
    back clean
    Ran SFC /SCANNOW - no problems found
    Restored back to July 5th - no joy there either
    Clean boot - no joy
    Safe Mode (with and without Networking) - no joy
    Uninstalled my video driver and tried the standard Microsoft VGA driver -
    made no difference
    Replaced my wireless mouse with a PS/2 one - no change
    Rebooted without my Microsoft KB - no change
    Turned off Windows Aero - no change
    Removing and reinstalling the games through Windows Features - made no
    difference I realize that doesn't truly uninstall it)
    I even tried copying the folders from my other Win7 machine, and that didn't
    work either.

    I have other non-Microsoft card games that work just fine, and no other
    non-Microsoft game is affected at all. I just tested Chess Titans to what it
    does, and it's screwed up, too. I can't select any piece other than the
    left-most pawn.

    I have a system image from July 4th, which I think is going to be my only
    resort to fixing this. If anyone has any suggestions other than that, I'm
    open to suggestions.
    TIA!!
     
    SC Tom, Jul 10, 2012
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    Ed Cryer Guest

    That just has to be virus-produced! And possibly quite a new one, too.
    If I get you aright, then the only problems you have are to do with MS
    games. Nothing else affected; no other games, no browser, no email, no
    other display anomalies.
    And the Chess Titans problem is not display-related.

    What happens with Minesweeper?

    Don't restore just yet. Hold on a while, and I'll support you at least.
    It would be a nag if you restored and the problem went away; unexplained!

    Ed
     
    Ed Cryer, Jul 10, 2012
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  3. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    Actually, Chess Titans is display related, too, I think, but maybe not; the
    "choice" box will only select the left-most column (I should say that
    instead of 'row' I think). I might uninstall IntelliPoint and try an older
    version. I've had this version installed for over a month now, but I did
    have problems with it in WinXP. Maybe an update or something triggered a new
    problem in Win7.
    I tested Minesweeper, and it's that way also- no matter where I move the
    selection box, as soon as I stop moving it, it goes to the left-most column.
    I found on it that if I double-click just right, I can select somewhere
    else, but it's not good enough to make it repeatable (or playable). Chess
    just automatically goes to the first column, which makes it just the white
    pawn that I can pick. If it's malware, it seems to be very selective. I'll
    try another scanner, maybe ESET Online- I've heard good things about it. I
    have a Kaspersky AV Boot CD that I may try; it'll go get an update after it
    boots to it.

    I started ESET and it has checked 145,000 items so far with no threats
    found. I'll let it finish and see what it says.
     
    SC Tom, Jul 10, 2012
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  4. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    ESET scanned over 500,000 items on 3 drives, and found this:

    C:\SR1124nx\winamp5623_full_emusic-7plus_all.exe Win32/OpenCandy
    application
    G:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\PDFCreator-1_3_0_setup.exe
    Win32/OpenCandy application
    G:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\siw-setup.exe
    Win32/OpenCandy application
    G:\Tempo\Updates\coretemp_1236.exe a variant of Win32/InstallIQ
    application
    G:\Tempo\Updates\DriverSweeper_3.2.0.exe Win32/OpenCandy application
    G:\Tempo\Updates\PDFCreator-1_3_1_setup.exe Win32/OpenCandy application
    G:\Tempo\Updates\siw-setup.exe Win32/OpenCandy application
    G:\Tempo\Updates\siw-setup1029i.exe Win32/OpenCandy application.
    (MSE found three of them at the same time. The new update must have kicked
    in.)

    Not really threats, but I shift-deleted them anyhow since the applications
    themselves are already installed, some of them for a looong time. Rebooted;
    no change in the MS games.
    I uninstalled IPoint 8.0 and reinstalled 7.1. Rebooted; no change.
    For grins and giggles, I rolled back to IE8 (since I did IE9 a short time
    ago). Ditto.
    I uninstalled the only 3 updates I've had in the last week. Ditto.

    I have no idea what else to even think of trying since everything I thought
    *might* be a problem isn't.
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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  5. SC Tom

    ...winston Guest

    Tried a different keyboard or mouse and/or replacing (if applicable) their
    batteries.

    --
    ....winston
    msft mvp mail


    "SC Tom" wrote in message
    Win7 HP SP1 32-bit, Asus M4N68T-M V2 MB, 4GB RAM, 465GB SATA-II HDD (415GB
    free), Nvidia GT 240 video card w/ latest driver.

    Recently (within the last 2 or 3 days; I'm not exactly sure), my cards in
    Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, FreeCell, and the tiles in Mahjong Titans have
    been flashing, like the cursor is rapidly passing over each card. The only
    way to start a new game is to press F2 and then Enter; the mouse won't allow
    me to pick anything from the menus since they just flash like the cards do.

    Some of the things I've tried in order to resolve this issue are:
    Scanned for malware (MalwareBytes, SuperAntiSpyware, and MSE) - each came
    back clean
    Ran SFC /SCANNOW - no problems found
    Restored back to July 5th - no joy there either
    Clean boot - no joy
    Safe Mode (with and without Networking) - no joy
    Uninstalled my video driver and tried the standard Microsoft VGA driver -
    made no difference
    Replaced my wireless mouse with a PS/2 one - no change
    Rebooted without my Microsoft KB - no change
    Turned off Windows Aero - no change
    Removing and reinstalling the games through Windows Features - made no
    difference I realize that doesn't truly uninstall it)
    I even tried copying the folders from my other Win7 machine, and that didn't
    work either.

    I have other non-Microsoft card games that work just fine, and no other
    non-Microsoft game is affected at all. I just tested Chess Titans to what it
    does, and it's screwed up, too. I can't select any piece other than the
    left-most pawn.

    I have a system image from July 4th, which I think is going to be my only
    resort to fixing this. If anyone has any suggestions other than that, I'm
    open to suggestions.
    TIA!!
     
    ...winston, Jul 11, 2012
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  6. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    Read items 7 and 8 under "things I tried" (guess I should have numbered
    them). I didn't have another keyboard handy, so I tried "no keyboard."
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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  7. SC Tom

    Paul Guest

    Have you made any changes to DirectX or to the video driver recently ?

    Some 3D games, the installer CD has a DirectX driver on it, and the game
    may insist that one be installed. And that could change how the
    system works for other things.

    The other remote possibility, is the video card is going bad. You can
    try playing a 3D game, or even run some version of 3DMark as a stress
    test, and see if there are any other artifacts. But based on your
    description so far, it's probably a problem with some 2D or bitblt
    stuff on the software side.

    Paul
     
    Paul, Jul 11, 2012
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  8. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    I would think if it was the video card itself that the problem would
    manifest itself somewhere else besides MS games.
    Since I already did 4 and 6 (and did a clean install on the latest Nvidia
    driver), I think I can eliminate the driver itself as the culprit.
    DXDIAG shows no problems, and no unsigned drivers (DirectX 11). I haven't
    run any stress tests on the system, and none of my others games have any
    problems at all; they all run as they have since they were installed. It's
    just the MS games. If I knew exactly what DLL and other files they needed, I
    could try replacing them, but I haven't found anything on how to truly
    uninstall them.
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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    Ed Cryer Guest

    They're part of Windows 7; Uninstall Programs, turn Windows Features on
    and off.

    As far as I can make out the DLL file they all use is CardGames.dll in
    the system32 folder.
    Mine work fine, and the file has these properties;
    File Version 1.0.0.1
    Product Version 6.0.0.1
    2006
    Size 5.92 MB

    I could readily email you a copy of mine. It's worth a try.
    If you want it post your address. I always use this kind of format to
    beat spam harvesters.
    Edatedshomedotheavenlydotcom

    Ed
     
    Ed Cryer, Jul 11, 2012
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  10. SC Tom

    Jeff Layman Guest

    Since I don't like the design of the Win7 MS card games, I copied over
    the *.exe files (+ associated *.dll) from XP. If you can get them, it
    would be interesting to see if those XP games behave in the same way as
    your Win7 ones.
     
    Jeff Layman, Jul 11, 2012
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  11. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    I can get that from my XP drive, but I like the design of the Vista and Win7 ones better, along with the fact that if I
    play Vegas, Cumulative, it saves my score when I exit. I'll give that a try when I get back home, just to see what it
    looks like. Thanks!
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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  12. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    From what I understand, turning the features on or off in Win7 doesn't truly uninstall it; it basically just deletes the
    startup interface. The rest of the files still reside somewhere in the WinDir folders.

    I have another Win7 machine, so I'll check that when I get home later. That might be worth a shot. I'll post back with
    the results later.
    Thanks!
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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  13. SC Tom

    Ed Cryer Guest


    "Sfc /scannow will inspect all of the important Windows files on your
    computer, including Windows DLL files. If System File Checker finds an
    issue with any of these protected files, it will replace it."

    I'd try that first.

    Ed
     
    Ed Cryer, Jul 11, 2012
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  14. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    That was #2 on the list :) It found nothing out of the ordinary.
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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  15. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    As a follow-up to my last reply, I fired up Sol.exe on my XP drive while
    booted into Win7, and it works with no problem, just like it does in XP.
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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  16. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    I copied cardgames.dll from my other Win7 machine (which runs solitaire just
    fine) to this machine, and it had no effect; it still plays the same. <SIGH>
    Back to the drawing board :-(
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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  17. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    As another follow-up:
    I uninstalled all MS games through Windows Features, which also deleted
    cardgames.dll. I also deleted gameux.dll (which was listed in the registry
    as an association). I then reinstalled just Solitaire. Of course, it was
    messed up still. I copied over the whole Solitaire folder, cardgames.dll,
    and gameux.dll from my other PC to this one, and it's STILL messed up.
    After doing this kind of stuff for twenty+ years, it's a wonder I have any
    patience or stomach lining left at all :)
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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    Ed Cryer Guest

    OK. A last shot that I get from;
    http://tinyurl.com/d2f9ywp
    Two methods; reduce hardware acceleration, install latest DirectX user
    run-times

    Ed

    P.S. If you've already tried any of these, please forgive my oversight.
     
    Ed Cryer, Jul 11, 2012
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  19. SC Tom

    Jeff Layman Guest

    That's slightly ambiguous. Was that running sol.exe in a virtual XP
    machine under Win7, or did you mean sol.exe /from/ your XP drive running
    directly under Win7?

    One other thing comes to mind. Are all the games that you are running
    and have a problem with 64-bit? If you only have problems with 64-bit
    games, and not with 32-bit, that would seem a useful area to investigate.
     
    Jeff Layman, Jul 11, 2012
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  20. SC Tom

    SC Tom Guest

    Ran it directly from the XP drive in Win7 (no Virtual XP in Win7 Home
    Premium).
    I have nothing 64-bit (other than my CPU :) )since I'm running Win7
    32-bit.
     
    SC Tom, Jul 11, 2012
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