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    Win98SE scroll arrow problem

    I have a newly installed copy of Win98SE on my machine. Soon after I got everything back the way I like it I noticed that all of the arrows in the scroll bars start to get scrambled into just random 'static', soon thereafter the minimize, maximize, close icons in the top right corner will also scramble, then my Start button will do the same. The arrows on all of the menus to expand right also do this as well as the check boxes on menus.

    None of this appears to affect the performance. My computer doesn't seem to crash as a result of this, it just gets hard to work. I reboot, and all is normal for a few hours, then it all starts over again.

    Anybody have any ideas on how to solve/prevent this?
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    Re: Win98SE scroll arrow problem

    Hi Wayne:
    Two things I would try are:
    1. Right click the desktop & choose Properties/Appearance tab. For each item listed, I'd look at the font that's selected. Try changing it for each affected item. I say this because it sounds like a corrupted font or something similar.
    2. I'd also do a virus scan with up to date definitions, although this is just a guess.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Win98SE scroll arrow problem

    The buttons that you have described are all part of the Marlett Font.

    Do you have a very large number of fonts installed? If so then try removing some of them.

    StuartR

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    Re: Win98SE scroll arrow problem

    A third thought (chimes the peanut gallery). If you're seeing artifacts on the screen, I'd bet your video card's driver could stand to be updated. Follow Phil's steps to find out what make and model it is if you aren't sure, and pay a visit to the manufacturer's website.
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    Re: Win98SE scroll arrow problem

    I have a screen shot if you would like to see it, but I can't attach it due to size limits (unless you can tell me how to make a bitmap less than 100k) I opened the Marlett font and all appears OK as far as displaying the font contents. Right after the first reply I changed my "scheme" and the same problem reappeared but this time I saw that my Start button seemed to be mirroring (albeit garbled) a scroll bar from AOL Instant Messenger. First time I saw this.

    The Video card and all of the motherboard stuff is up to date... I just installed it last week and checked for updated drivers. No viruses found (per Symantec). There are 73 fonts installed (I haven't added any).

    Any other ideas?
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    Re: Win98SE scroll arrow problem

    Can you save your screenshot as a .jpg?

    Otherwise, check out the Guide to attaching Screenshots

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    Re: Win98SE scroll arrow problem

    I have also seen this happen on Windows 98 when a program is consuming lots of system resources.

    What programs do you have running all the time? If not sure then look at Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Information > Tools > System Configuration Utility > Startup

    Does the problem occur after you have run any specific program, or can it happen if you just start up the PC without doing anything?

    StuartR

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    Re: Win98SE scroll arrow problem

    One aditional thing to try:
    1. Right-click on My Computer and select Properties.
    2. Click the Performance tab
    3. Click the Graphics... button
    4. Move the Hardware acceleration slider back a notch.
    5. If this solves your problem, great. If not, repeat.

    HTH

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