Graphics Issue I don't know how to describe (Unstable Branch)

I am running xfce Unstable and for the past few days I have noticed a graphics issue that I don’t know how to describe. It occurs in Firefox and in Chromium as well as in XnViewMP where it is most noticeable in lighter areas of a photo. This issue does not occur on another similar computer running Stable branch. I have tried downgrading mesa, lib32-mesa, vulkan intel etc to the versions on my stable install with the same issue occurring. This is what it looks like:
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Photo is from the Mark York story in today’s NY Daily News. Any ideas?

System:
  Kernel: 5.12.6-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0 
  Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.24 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 vt: 7 
  dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux 
Machine:
  Type: Portable System: Dell product: Inspiron 5520 v: A17 serial: <filter> 
  Chassis: type: 8 v: A17 serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Dell model: 04G65K v: A00 serial: <filter> UEFI-[Legacy]: Dell 
  v: A17 date: 05/17/2018 
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT1 charge: 48.8 Wh (100.0%) condition: 48.8/48.8 Wh (100.0%) 
  volts: 12.4 min: 11.1 model: SDI DELL 04NW928L type: Unknown 
  serial: <filter> status: Full 
Memory:
  RAM: total: 7.65 GiB used: 886.6 MiB (11.3%) 
  RAM Report: 
  permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required. 
CPU:
  Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i7-3632QM bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Ivy Bridge rev: 9 cache: L2: 6 MiB bogomips: 35133 
  Speed: 1197 MHz min/max: 1200/3200 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1197 2: 1512 
  3: 1217 4: 1197 5: 1198 6: 1198 7: 1198 8: 1661 
  Flags: acpi aes aperfmperf apic arat arch_perfmon avx bts clflush cmov 
  constant_tsc cpuid cpuid_fault cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts epb 
  ept erms est f16c flexpriority flush_l1d fpu fsgsbase fxsr ht ibpb ibrs 
  ida lahf_lm lm mca mce md_clear mmx monitor msr mtrr nonstop_tsc nopl nx 
  pae pat pbe pcid pclmulqdq pdcm pebs pge pln pni popcnt pse pse36 pti pts 
  rdrand rdtscp rep_good sep smep ss ssbd sse sse2 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 stibp 
  syscall tm tm2 tpr_shadow tsc tsc_deadline_timer vme vmx vnmi vpid x2apic 
  xsave xsaveopt xtopology xtpr 
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics vendor: Dell driver: i915 
  v: kernel bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:0166 class-ID: 0300 
  Device-2: Suyin Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_HD type: USB driver: uvcvideo 
  bus-ID: 1-1.5:4 chip-ID: 064e:8126 class-ID: 0e02 
  Display: x11 server: X.org 1.20.11 driver: loaded: intel 
  unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa 
  resolution: <missing: xdpyinfo> 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 4000 (IVB GT2) 
  v: 4.2 Mesa 21.1.1 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes 
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel 7 Series/C216 Family High Definition Audio vendor: Dell 
  driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:1e20 
  class-ID: 0403 
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.12.6-1-MANJARO running: yes 
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 0.125.0 running: no 
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 14.2 running: yes 
Network:
  Device-1: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet vendor: Dell 
  driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 2000 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8136 
  class-ID: 0200 
  IF: enp1s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 driver: iwlwifi v: kernel 
  port: 2000 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:0887 class-ID: 0280 
  IF: wlp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
  Device-3: ASIX AX88179 Gigabit Ethernet type: USB driver: ax88179_178a 
  bus-ID: 4-3:4 chip-ID: 0b95:1790 class-ID: ff00 serial: <filter> 
  IF: enp0s20u3 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  IP v4: <filter> type: dynamic noprefixroute scope: global 
  broadcast: <filter> 
  WAN IP: <filter> 
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Intel Centrino Bluetooth Wireless Transceiver type: USB 
  driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 2-1.5:3 chip-ID: 8087:07da class-ID: e001 
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 1 state: down bt-service: disabled 
  rfk-block: hardware: no software: no address: see --recommends 
Logical:
  Message: No logical block device data found. 
RAID:
  Message: No RAID data found. 
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 465.76 GiB used: 123.29 GiB (26.5%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WDS500G1B0A-00H9H0 
  size: 465.76 GiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 00WD 
  scheme: MBR 
  Optical-1: /dev/sr0 vendor: HL-DT-ST model: DVD+-RW GT80N rev: A103 
  dev-links: cdrom 
  Features: speed: 24 multisession: yes audio: yes dvd: yes 
  rw: cd-r,cd-rw,dvd-r,dvd-ram state: running 
Partition:
  ID-1: / size: 95.62 GiB used: 16.58 GiB (17.3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 
  label: N/A uuid: c63cf222-2a4b-4818-9b5a-c77ee7eb0bdf 
  ID-2: /mnt/5299b066-ebf8-4757-8d68-7792f15750d1 size: 182.34 GiB 
  used: 40.96 GiB (22.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3 label: Linux Data 1 
  uuid: 5299b066-ebf8-4757-8d68-7792f15750d1 
  ID-3: /mnt/799f6b71-bc76-4840-a624-5acd5f521af6 size: 169.65 GiB 
  used: 65.75 GiB (38.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4 label: Linux Data 2 
  uuid: 799f6b71-bc76-4840-a624-5acd5f521af6 
Swap:
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 8.46 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) 
  priority: -2 dev: /dev/sda2 label: N/A 
  uuid: 7a880025-39b0-47b5-834a-14e79f0e7b45 
Unmounted:
  Message: No unmounted partitions found. 
USB:
  Hub-1: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-2: 1-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 6 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0024 class-ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 1-1.3:3 info: Realtek RTS5129 Card Reader Controller 
  type: <vendor specific> driver: rtsx_usb,rtsx_usb_ms,rtsx_usb_sdmmc 
  interfaces: 1 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA chip-ID: 0bda:0129 
  class-ID: ff00 serial: <filter> 
  Device-2: 1-1.5:4 info: Suyin Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_HD type: Video 
  driver: uvcvideo interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 480 Mb/s power: 500mA 
  chip-ID: 064e:8126 class-ID: 0e02 
  Hub-3: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 2 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-4: 2-1:2 info: Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub ports: 8 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 8087:0024 class-ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 2-1.5:3 info: Intel Centrino Bluetooth Wireless Transceiver 
  type: Bluetooth driver: btusb interfaces: 2 rev: 2.0 speed: 12 Mb/s 
  chip-ID: 8087:07da class-ID: e001 
  Hub-5: 3-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.0 
  speed: 480 Mb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0002 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-6: 3-2:2 info: Genesys Logic Hub ports: 4 rev: 2.1 speed: 480 Mb/s 
  power: 100mA chip-ID: 05e3:0610 class-ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 3-2.1:3 info: Logitech Keyboard K120 type: Keyboard,HID 
  driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 2 rev: 1.1 speed: 1.5 Mb/s 
  power: 90mA chip-ID: 046d:c31c class-ID: 0300 
  Device-2: 3-2.2:4 info: Logitech M90/M100 Optical Mouse type: Mouse 
  driver: hid-generic,usbhid interfaces: 1 rev: 2.0 speed: 1.5 Mb/s 
  power: 98mA chip-ID: 046d:c05a class-ID: 0301 
  Hub-7: 4-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 4 rev: 3.0 
  speed: 5 Gb/s chip-ID: 1d6b:0003 class-ID: 0900 
  Hub-8: 4-2:2 info: Genesys Logic USB3.1 Hub ports: 4 rev: 3.2 
  speed: 5 Gb/s chip-ID: 05e3:0626 class-ID: 0900 
  Device-1: 4-3:4 info: ASIX AX88179 Gigabit Ethernet type: Network 
  driver: ax88179_178a interfaces: 1 rev: 3.0 speed: 5 Gb/s power: 496mA 
  chip-ID: 0b95:1790 class-ID: ff00 serial: <filter> 
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 46.0 C mobo: N/A 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 2700 
Info:
  Processes: 216 Uptime: 24m wakeups: 1 Init: systemd v: 248 Compilers: 
  gcc: 11.1.0 Packages: pacman: 1313 Shell: Zsh v: 5.8 
  running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.04 

Hi @jrichard326,

Well, I might have an idea, but you’re not going to like it. At all.

I started wondering what I’m supposed to see that’s wrong. Because I couldn’t, still can’t for that matter, see anything amiss.

Then it hit me. And it gave me quite the headache. The fact that it looks flawless to me, on the other side of the world, is quite the clue. Since there seems to be nothing wrong with the screenshot you shared, I think it’s safe to say your problem isn’t software related.

Which only leaves hardware. Specifically your monitor. Or perhaps, if you’re lucky, the data cable. Neither of which we can test for you. I suggest you, somehow, test the cable and/or the monitor.

Sorry my opinion isn’t better news. Hope it helps, though.

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Thanks. I see lots of blue spots on the head area of photo. I will check HDMI cable when I get home. Maybe it got loose when I was cleaning

@ Mirdarthos: Thanks so much. It was the HDMI cable that was not fully inserted into the port. I feel embarrassed now.

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