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    Quick Launch Shortcut - Strange Errors (XP Pro SP1 + Critical UDs)

    I began having a problem about 2 days ago with 2 of the shortcuts in my Quicklaunch Taskbar.

    The shortcut to the G: partition on my HD would produce an error (see attachment) as would the shortcut to the OEM installed Zip drive (D0) <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. I can only guess at the reason, and that would be a power surge during the "hurricane" the other night, excepting that the PC was off and behind a UPS and 2 surge-protectors. The only change to the system was removing Roxio's GoBack after the problem began, for an unrelated reason. However, after removing GoBack the shortcut to the G: partition began to work normally, but the problem with the shortcut to the Zip drive was still acting funny. I deleted it and created a new one and dropped it on the taskbar and that didn't work, deleted it and created a new shortcut and then copied it to the taskbar. That seemed to work until I deleted the new shortcut from the desktop, but if I placed the desktop shortcut in a folder on the desktop, the one on the taskbar still functioned. Until this afternoon. There have been no further roblems with the shortcut to the G: partition, but the one for the Zip disk is again acting as if it has early onset alzheimers !!! <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15>

    I'm starting to think something is corrupted in the registry, but can't imagine what it would be or where to look for it. Could it have something to do with the way the Zip drive is reading a particular disk or the data on it. As the attachment indicates, there is only one particular disk (not the last one I used ot copy from or add data to) that doesn't produce the "drive not found" error and intermittently will cause the "failure to write to disk" error. Interestingly, if I right-click on the shortcut and choose open it does just that.......opens the zip drive folder !!

    While this is not a major problem, I'm concerned about the underlying issues that might be causing it. Especially in light of the fact that a partition on the HD is/was involved. Any thoughts, input, or solutions will be gladly entertained !! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Quick Launch Shortcut - Strange Errors (XP Pro SP1 + Critical UDs)

    Doc--

    I understand your concern for underlying significance, but maybe the links are broken and can be fixed easily. I've seen shortcuts fail on left click and work with rt. click>open, with links broken not infrequently, and it may have to do with data on the zip but why not first approach trying to fix the shortcut links? Norton System Works fixes to some degree shortcut links, and as you know some of the XP tweakers some free some with 30 day trials have shortcut repairs that mediate in the registry.

    First I'd try one of two quick ways to fix this:

    I'd do this reghack first after exporting the key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionPoliciesExplorer add a new key by the name "NoResolveTrack" (without quotes) and sets its value to 1.

    Another place you can achieve the same thing is in Group Policy Editor:

    Put "gpedit.msc" in the run box and navigate to User ConfigurationAdministrativeTemplatesStart Menu and Taskbar group policy and selecting "Do not use the tracking-based method when resolving shell shortcuts"

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    Re: Quick Launch Shortcut - Strange Errors (XP Pro SP1 + Critical UDs)

    I have seen problems during power surges regardless of the number of surge protectors, so one never knows... and the power being off is not really very comforting.

    I believe Zip Drives are notoriously finicky and I stopped using them ever since the "CD-RW" revolution began. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> It sounds more like a problem with the Zip drive recognizing there is a disk present than it does a shortcut problem. I would think a registry glitch unlikely and I would concentrate on investigating the drive itself.

    Sorry to not be more helpful...

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    Re: Quick Launch Shortcut - Strange Errors (XP Pro SP1 + Critical UDs)

    R2,
    Thanks for looking in on this. I tried the Group Policies Editor change as suggested by SMBP and nothing really changed. Since he pointed out in his post that the Reg Hack and the GPE change were essentially the same thing in different packages I skipped the hack in hopes of finding a straight-up fix to the problem. After reading your response in the thread about trying to get a floppy drive to autorun, a light went on about the controller for the Zip drive possibly being suspect. Just thought you might have something to add here and had just missed the thread. It does seem as though the Zip drive is not recognizing that there is a disk present or is getting mixed messages from it's controller. This seems to be logical (a dangerous assumption with computers) given the somewhat intermittent aspect of the problem and the Error writing to disk... message that pops up occasionally when I remove the disk (not having changed anything on it and waiting until the drive light is off and all activity has ceased before removing the disk). I know Zip Drive are "finicky" having shoved 2 of them down IOMEGA's throat because of the Click of Death issue a few years ago and their reluctance to stand behind their product even in this instance of a documented problem. I will pursue the controller aspect of this and see where it leads.

    No reason to be sorry, as your information has opened an avenue that I may not have considered otherwise. Knowledge is only useless to those who choose to be ignorant. Thanks for your help. I truly appreciate it. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Quick Launch Shortcut - Strange Errors (XP Pro SP1 + Critical UDs)

    SMBP,

    Sorry for not posting back sooner on this, but as I stated in the previous post, the GPE trick didn't work and I'm still a bit reluctant to mess around too much in the registry. I've been poking at this problem over the last few days and it is still befuddling me !!! <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> I'm going to look into this controller issue and see if it has any merit, but I'm beginning to suspect a hardware problem rather that something with the software. I don't know much about controllers.......... yet !! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> If you can add to my confusion, your expertise would be welcome, as always. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> If I didn't have over 100 Zip Disks laying around (at $10 a pop) <img src=/S/boxedin.gif border=0 alt=boxedin width=25 height=20> I'd chuck the Zip Drive and be done with the problem !!! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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