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uncle w benefits
Nov 1, 2010

hi, it's me, your uncle


Problem description: I'm experiencing vertical monitor tearing outside of video games. Text and images have a distinct break in them in the middle of my monitor as well as the far left margin.

Attempted fixes: My PC updated yesterday and the day before, but I went ahead and made sure I have the latest drivers installed, and I also ensured V Sync was enabled.

Recent changes: Automatic updates yesterday. This wasn't an issue until I noticed it about an hour ago.

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Operating system: e.g. Windows Home 64 Bit.

System specs:
Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 670MHz
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8Z77-M
Acer XB271H A (1920x1080@60Hz)
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (EVGA)

Location: USA

I have Googled and read the FAQ: Yes. All references I found were on how to fix screen tearing in games or movies.

Tried to include images to show what I mean, but the tears don't appear in screenshots. Best description I can provide is this: as I drag windows around my desktop, a line in the middle of the screen tears and breaks things up, and then in the furthest left margin I can see what looks like an attempt to magnify the things that pass over the middle of the screen, like one of the ease of use features. I've never turned one on.

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uncle w benefits
Nov 1, 2010

hi, it's me, your uncle


Update: Turned out to be a monitor setting, which I disabled and fixed it.

Acer Predator XB271H monitor. Seems like after a firmware update, an 'overdrive mode' was activated and this caused the issue. Disabling it fixed it.

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