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    Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

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    I had thought I'd try and turn Aero off, partly for the resource recapture, and partly because the "standard" themes are eaier for me to read.

    So I did it, and then, for some strange reason, My Outlook (2003) started "flashing", sort of like having message boxes flash on the screen, but far too fast to really be able to see or read them.

    I tried turning everything off on Outlook but the "basic" program, but that didn't fix it.

    Once I turned Aero back on, it stopped.

    What could this be, and is it fixable?

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    When you turned off Aero which out of these options did you choose: Widows Vista Basic, Vista Standard or Vista Classic?
    Does the flashing occur when each of these options is tried.

    Perhaps if you uninstalled Outlook with Aero turned off and reinstalled the flashing would be cured. A bit drastic though..........

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    John:

    Windows Classic.

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    Probably the problem shows that Outlook 2003 is not fully compatible with the Aero Glass GUI in all its glory <img src=/S/noevil.gif border=0 alt=noevil width=25 height=17>

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    John

    But it's the opposite: Everything is fine is Aero... its any of the "standard" themes that are being grumpy.

    I would have thought that, yes, Aero may give me a problem, but not the "regular" themes.

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    Assuming Outlook 2003 was installed with Aero enabled, Outlook appears to have succeeded in adapting to Aero. However this installation of Outlook 2003 in an Aero environment now cannot adapt to Vista Classic. Therefore I think it shows that Outlook 2003 is not fully compatible with the Aero Glass GUI in that fails to have reversible GUI compatibilty when installed in an Aero environment. Do you savvy?

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    Sorry to be a smart-aleck, Chuck, but I have to laugh at this problem. It hasn't been a month or so ago and you were "struggling" to turn Aero ON and now you're fighting a problem trying to turn it OFF. Ya just ain't ever happy are ya? <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    Will someone running Outlook 2003 and Vista Aero volunteer to try reproducing the problem.

    Could be worthwhile to try running Outlook in compatibility mode with Windows XP (Service Pack 2) selected.

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    Al:

    I probably should refrain from being blunt around here, but in fact I've been trying for the last month to do little else than get this bloody thing to do what the "instructions" say the software will do.

    The machine in fact has done maybe even more than advertised. But I don't recall reading anywhere that Office 2003 would have issues with Vista or Aero.

    But then, what was/ am I thinking?

    Don't take offense Doc, you've been nothing but a tremendous help.

    I'm just waiting in breathless anticipation for the wonders of Vista to arrive. I even went and backed up everything an then installed XP... but being persnickety, I didn't like that the opening screen, part of the BIOS I guess, wouldn't go away and was announcing Vista. So, thinking that maybe I hadn't been patient enough, went back and p0ut the Vista back on.

    Then I installed my Outlook.

    Now if I try to run just a "normal" Vista config, Outlook acts all weird unless I turn on the blinking AERO. And actually, as "pretty" as it is, it in fact is visually harder for me than a "regular" theme...

    But, oh well...

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    John:

    So, if I uninstalled, and "started over", Outlook would adapt to whatever I was running at the time of install, and not be too fflexibly

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    What is it about Aero that is difficult for you?

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    Chuck, Instead of a reinstall why not try turning on Aero and then turning off just the Aero features that you don't like, such as transparent windows.
    To do this select Start > Computer > System Properties. Next click Advanced system settings and then in the Performance section click the Settings button. Select Custom and uncheck Enable transparent glass

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    Chuck,
    I tired to reproduce your "problem" on two different machines. One machine is running Vista Ultimate (Aero) and Office 2007 and the other is running Vista Ultimate (Aero) and Office 2003. I cycled through the themes on each machine, each time running Outlook after I changed themes. In both cases (Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007), Outlook did not "act all weird". There was no discernible difference in the appearance or behaviour of Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2003 no matter what theme I used.

    As this is the first time I've heard of this behaviour Chuck, I would attribute it to "something" peculiar to your particular machine and setup.
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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    John:

    THAT may be the trick!

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    Re: Flashing Screen? (Home Premium)

    Joe:

    When I first had problems, I found that the Aero scheme was ot present. So I restored and then it was OK.

    After that I was just trying too get it more easy to see (for me); I was/am having problems seeing some of the titles et., and I didn't really think that screen-viewing ought to be work, so I was trying to figure out how to adjust same.

    I don't particularily find Aero easier to see, and the "eye-candy" isn't (to me) worth the bother.

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