my icons are grayed out till i pass my mouse over them.
Is that a feature?
If icons are grayed out it usually means that they aren't currently available. For example, when starting a new part, quite a few of the icons on the Features toolbar are grayed out because you can't use them until you've created a sketch.
Unfortunately, passing my mouse over them bings them to life agian. Very wierd!
Graphical glitches like that are often caused from using a non-approved graphics card or out-of-date driver.
Run the SolidWorks Rx > Diagnostics tool to see what it reports.
This can also happen if the video driver is newer than the SW certified one.
That is true. Post adjusted accordingly.
Have you tried rebooting the computer?
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