Well, I can't figure it out, so I will ask youse guys .........
When I bring up my home page, or ebay, or lots of sites, the pictures look
like mosaics. They are recognizable, but appear as small chunks, like a
I went to control panel - display - and went through the stuff there about
the drivers and updating. It said it had the latest driver, and that it was
Well, it isn't.
Am I missing something simple, or is my video card shot?
You might has this effect if your connection speed is slow.
Some pictures have such format so when they partially loaded they have have
low resolution(mosaic effect) Try to wait and see if this goes away.
Of course we know everything here on r.c.m, but even so
you might need to find a photo or computer newsgroup to
get a good answer. Someone on rec.photo.digital might
know the answer or know which newsgroup would be good ~
there are about nine dozen Outlook Express support
Anyhow, my first guess is that your ISP is caching
photos upstream of you, and severely compressing
them to save space and use less bandwidth.
If you've had any changes made to your system since the
problem started, in theory you could back the changes out
to fix the problem; with difficulty if the changes were made
by automatic Microsoft updates.
It may be your browser is having trouble with progressive
jpegs, and only downloading the first (coarsest) iteration.
I've seen several webpages saying stuff like "It's important
to note that some software is incapable of displaying
progressive JPEGs, most notably, the free Imaging program
bundled with many versions of Windows." However, if your
Outlook Express used to work that's probably not it.
has some pertinent
suggestions, including cache clearing and reloading single images.
If you can display a Jpeg image on your local harddrive in your
webbrowser then there is nothing wrong with your system.
if you have never used your browser in this way simply enter
c:\foldername\filename to display the file.
If your ISP is providing a web accelerator service you need to check
the quality settings for it, otherwise select the image , right click
and select display image, and see if it displays OK.
One possibility is that you are not waiting long enough for a slow
connection or slow server.
There is an option these days when displaying a JPEG picture in html,
and the picture builds up in very coarse pseudo-pixels first, then
continually refines the image to smaller and smaller pixels.
Wait a long time and see if this happens. If it never gets better, then
something is wrong.
It never gets better. I have rightclicked my desktop and tweaked those
properties. Gone to control panel and hardware controller. Called Cox
Communications. I think I am just going to drop a video card in there and
see what happens. Probably just switch one from another computer.