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    Hi folks! I'm back. This morning, once again, I had trouble getting to my Desktop. Took me three very annoying tries. Some square or pop-up called Mixer-Untitled kept appearing. This has been happening for a few weeks or so, but only occasionally. It usually just takes a restart to get to the Desktop, but after those three tries, I'm getting worried. I assumed it was the C-Media Mixer, so when I finally got to the Desktop I called up WhatInStartUp and disabled it; but I have my doubts. Something, I suspect, is causing another bottleneck in StartUp; plus there is a strange new icon next to my Symantec Antivirus shield, it's titled Safely Remove Hardware: don't remember seeing that before. Anybody else have anything like that? Could it be related to my startup problem? Greythings8

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    The Safely Remove Hardware icon is related to a hardware device that you have connected to your system. Do you use a USB mouse or keyboard ?? Have you connected a USB flash drive or external hard drive to the system ??

    You should be able to click on the icon and bring up a window that should tell you what it is.
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    "Safely remove hardware" appears when you have inserted a flash drive or similar in a USB port.

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    I was unfamiliar with USB so I looked it up in Help and Support: universal serial bus (USB)
    An external bus that supports Plug and Play installation. Using USB, you can connect and disconnect devices without shutting down or restarting your computer. You can use a single USB port to connect up to 127 peripheral devices, including speakers, telephones, CD-ROM drives, joysticks, tape drives, keyboards, scanners, and cameras. A USB port is usually located on the back of your computer near the serial port or parallel port.
    See also: Plug and Play, port, bus. It was the speakers that got my attention; I bought speakers a while back; I guess they qualify as peripheral. I don't know if I should keep the icon. Does Location 0 mean SRH is redundant? Greythings8

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    The Safely Remove Hardware icon is related to a hardware device that you have connected to your system. Do you use a USB mouse or keyboard ?? Have you connected a USB flash drive or external hard drive to the system ??

    You should be able to click on the icon and bring up a window that should tell you what it is.
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    Your screenshot with its strategically placed dialog shows that the item that causes the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon is a USB to Ethernet converter - probably used to connect to an Ethernet router that in turn connects to the Internet.

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    I've been having trouble trying to upload attachments, so I decided to send two in separate messages. Greythings8

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    Your new screenshot confirms my original impression - you have an USB device to connect to either a local network or to the internet.

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    So what does it mean? Should I keep it? I've never seen it before. If it's related to the speakers would taking it out be an adverse action? You think it might be related to my startup problem? Something there is causing a bottleneck. Greythings8 [quote name='HansV' post='783655' date='08-Jul-2009 16:18']Your screenshot with its strategically placed dialog shows that the item that causes the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon is a USB to Ethernet converter - probably used to connect to an Ethernet router that in turn connects to the Internet.[/quote]

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    It has nothing to do with speakers. It's a network connection - I wouldn't remove it!

    I don't know whether it is related to your startup problems.

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    It's probably something in the WhatInStartup list. I disabled a couple. If one of them's that untitled Mixer, hopefully I got it. It might be the problem. BTW, you know where I can find good screensavers? Geometrics and pipes are interesting but they get boring. Oh! and the lady is actress Melinda Clarke; google her to get the full picture. Greythings8

    [quote name='HansV' post='783662' date='08-Jul-2009 18:01']It has nothing to do with speakers. It's a network connection - I wouldn't remove it!

    I don't know whether it is related to your startup problems.[/quote]

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    You already asked about screensavers in this topic.

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    OOPS!

    [quote name='HansV' post='783672' date='08-Jul-2009 18:53']You already asked about screensavers in this topic.[/quote]

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    [quote name='greythings8' post='783659' date='08-Jul-2009 17:37']So what does it mean? Should I keep it? I've never seen it before. If it's related to the speakers would taking it out be an adverse action? You think it might be related to my startup problem? Something there is causing a bottleneck. Greythings8[/quote]
    As Hans said, the icon is there because you are connecting to the internet or a local network via a USB connection to the ethernet card. You cannot remove the icon from the tray unless you manually pull out the USB plug from the ethernet card. Something I would not advise. Your speakers would be connected to the audio card or audio port in the motherboard if the audio is sharing system RAM. Speakers are not a USB interface.

    If you want to isolate the startup problem, try disabling the items in the WhatInStartup list one at a time and rebooting after each change. If disabling the item doesn't correct the problem on restart, go back and re-enable that item and disable the next item on the list. If the problem is there, it will show up. Tedious..... yes. But it's the most reliable way to troubleshoot the issue.
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