My hackintosh has been having some strange display issues, and I'm not sure whether I've got screwy software or bad hardware. (My system info is in my signature, and I've installed NBI 0.8.4 RC1.) I have not had any ominous colored lines across my display. Here are some of the symptoms:
â€¢ No desktop icons, regardless of what I do to try to make them appear, roughly since Christmas. I can't think of anything drastic that happened to the system around then.
â€¢ When I right click on something (a dock icon, for instance), the pop-up menu pops up somewhere else on the screen (say, two inches above the item I clicked).
â€¢ Status windows for Finder, unzipping, Disk Utility, etc. are so short as to be invisible--just a few pixels lower than the title bar. I've tried clicking and dragging the corner to try to make it larger, but haven't succeeded. (I'm currently trying to figure out whether this setting is part of a prefs file I can trash.)
â€¢ This one's really strange: the photo collage screensaver shrinks to 1/4 its size after each photo comes down. (It's as if my screen is getting exponentially smaller, with growing black space to the top and right of the pictures.) I turned that screensaver off because it was just so weird.
â€¢ As I said, no ominous colored lines, but certain things are frequently broken up by gray lines. Camino, for instance, can be hard to read, and scrolling seems to make more of the darned things appear. They don't always go all the way across the screen--sometimes it's restricted to one frame. Sometimes page elements overlap one another significantly, as if the browser isn't rendering the site properly. A block of text will frequently look as though it's suffered an earthquake, too, with the middle four inches nudged a pixel or two above the text on the ends--sometimes mid-letter!
â€¢ The 800 x 600 and 640 x 480 resolutions both appear in a kind of vertical letterbox mode, with inch-think black bars on either side of the desktop. 1024 x 600 works normally.
Any ideas? I'm really hoping this is software, because I'd have to put Windows back on to ship the thing to Dell for service (oh, and they'd probably notice the souped-up RAM--that would have to come out, too). I haven't installed any drivers or kexts that aren't part of NBI.