Originally Posted by or8ital
Why does the RcMech logo show up first? Is it a layer that loads faster covering something else up? Also the background of the logo doesnt match the forum background on my PC. slightly different colors.
The logo and left-hand bar are part of vBulletin's header template, which is built from a global include file before any of the page data is pulled from the database. Most of the global stuff is cached and thus is pulled super quickly, hence it displays sooner than the page data.
A typical page looks like this:
1) Header data pulled from cache
2) Header built and sent to browser
3) Page data (forum, thread, etc) pulled from main database
4) Page built and sent to browser
5) Footer data pulled from cache (there really isn't much)
6) Footer built and sent to browser
7) Page complete!
So assuming that your browser renders a page in real time as it receives data, it will display the header content first.
Regarding the color difference, that most likely means you are using a 16-bit color palette on your screen, which can have trouble replicating certain colors. There is a small set of colors deemed "web safe" (i.e. they display uniformly in 16-bit and 24-bit color) although I am not using them here, at my own peril I suppose. If your computer can support a 24-bit palette I'd suggest switching to that (in Windows, right-click the desktop, choose Properties, then Advanced and see what options you have).