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  1. #1
    2 Star Lounger
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    Apr 2002
    Londonderry, Ireland, Northern
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    Vanishing Taskbar

    Windows 98 4.10.2222 A

    I made the mistake of letting our 11-y-o run Ceasar 3 on my machine. <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> Although he'd uninstalled and later I could find no derelict files from Caesar, and although the display was at the familiar 1024x768 with 16-bit colour, Windows was sick.

    The oddest result was this: the Start/quicklaunch /taskbar/tray area was reduced from two rows to one row, hiding a lot of icons and making the tasknames so abbreviated as to be indecipherable. Dragging the taskbar's top edge back to the two-row position caused the cursor to lock in black-double-arrow mode and caused all characters and icons to vanish from quicklaunch, taskbar, and system tray. Because of the cursor lock, the Start button was disabled too.

    Rebooting, soft or hard, left the screen just as it had been after Caesar. Dragging the resultant single row of toolbars to the side of the screen produced exactly the same result as dragging the top edge upwards - i.e. just blank toolbars with a Start button disabled by a locked cursor, all in a different position.

    I have restored normality by rebooting in Safe Mode, and dragging the taskbar's top edge back to the two-row position successfully, then shutting down and coming back up in Normal mode. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

    If this weird situation happens to anyone else, the cure might be worth recalling. But has anyone got an explanation?
    All help gratefully received!

  2. #2
    Uranium Lounger
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    Dec 2000
    Los Angeles Area, California, USA
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    Re: Vanishing Taskbar

    I'm not familiar with Ceasar 3, but I know that many children's games must run in 256 color & change display settings. While you should be able to change them back, it could be that the changes were fixed until you actually changed the display or something was loaded in startup that changed the display. You could look on msconfig/startup tab & see if anything is on there.

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