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Internet Explorer Toolbars appear black

Many new Internet Explorer 8 users have been experiencing an issue where the toolbar appears black. Browser functionality is fine. Users can workaround the bug by going to display properties, selecting an alternate color scheme, and then going back to the preferred color scheme.

Others have selected an alternate theme, under the Themes tab, also in display properties.

If this fails, you can go back to the appearance tab, and select the Windows Classic style; though your Desktop will be brought back to a pre-windows look and feel.

Hopefully the bug is fixed soon!

NOTE: May also be a video driver issue, though updating video drivers did not work for me; I have noticed that the video output is a bit choppy after upgrading to Internet Explorer 8.

Update: I found a more recent video driver for my video card (May 2009), and it seemed to have resolved the issue.

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  1. I was interested in a link to the may 2009 updated video driver to fix the choppy video after explorer 8 update..also my browser is still black. Need more guidance.

  2. What type of video card do you have? I downloaded mine from Nvidia.com.

  3. Hey the idiots that write IE or whatever let me tell you,,, I waste more of my time figuring out what is wrong with my windows tool bars and applications. Now the tool bars are blackened and this isn’t the first time this has happened. So I switch over to my Macintosh and log on to Safari and it works perfectly why don’t you smart people take a hint from the people that write Safari and find out why their programs operate perfectly. Dont waste my time clowns.

  4. Users can workaround the bug
    Why should we as consumers be working around a bug?? this should have been taken care of a long time ago.
    And let me tell you its not the card in the computer ,,,the machine is brand new your software stinks just as vista, windows or any other Microsoft product does
    ill be wasting my time fixing your mistakes clown

  5. I agree with the author. Thanks

  6. THANKS for the tip. The “bug” is not fixed as of today for me. It worked to change the control Panel > display. my love/hate with MS continues…

  7. My problem was fixed by increasing the refreash rate from 60HZ to 100HZ

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  10. Interesting!

  11. This worked for me.

  12. Thank you for posting this. Nicely done

  13. The best workaround is to set the Theme service from Automatic to Manual start. That seems to solve the problem on all systems.

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  15. The video driver solved my issue.

  16. I hate 8! IE9 looks exciting tho!

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  19. I too have struggled with the infamous black line, on IE8 XP.
    I deduced after time that an imbalance in the computers counting system caused the problem.
    At first it was the display settings: Windows classic/Classic/extra large fonts fixed it on restart.
    Today I removed all IE add-ons I am not using.
    Then completely shut the computer down, allowing it to rest for a few minutes.
    On restarting it manually, the line had disappeared. Peaceful!
    The problem with the dark line was too that the underlying space was populated by desktop icons that were partially visible.
    Really hope this is helpful to someone out there 🙂

  20. Drivers fixed my issue.

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