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Old 03-25-2008, 02:49 AM
mndlal
 
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive

> Hi
>
> I am having a problem with the taskbar in Windows. Every now and

again it
> does not respond to input ie clicking on the start button, right

clicking
> etc. The OS is not frozen, clicking on the desktop works OK.
>
> Eventually the taskbar begins responding again and all the previous

attempts
> to access the taskbar occur at the same time ie start menu
> opens/closes/opens/closes etc.



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Old 09-23-2009, 01:35 AM
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive

I am having this too. I can move the mouse to other programs on my task
bar but the clicks are unresponsive. When this happens, I can also not
move the task bar.

I get get around the unresponsive taskbar by
1) Using ALT + Tab to move between programs.
2) Using Ctrl + ALT + Delete to start up the Task Manager, after which
the task bar becomes responsive again.

But then after a while the task manager becomes unresponsive again.

I have checked for viruses but apparently there are none in my system
(according to more than one program) but perhaps it is a hidden virus.

I have used the task manager & services console to turn off as many
services as I could. I have not located the service/program that is
causing the problem. I am glad that I have been able to delete some
unwanted services, but at the same time I do not want to delete too
many.

In Vista apparently there is something called GDI object leak
(Graphical display objects are not mapped properly by the system, and so
clicking them does not work, and microsoft has published a fix for it).
There have been some updates to windows lately so there is an outside
chance that it is a Windows problem.

Any help greatefully recieved.

Should I do a highjack this and send it somewhere?


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Old 09-23-2009, 10:50 AM
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive

I suspect
1) A Windows update since there were a lot of updates recently. But
then, you'd think it would be all over the net. I suspect some OS
malfunction because just starting up the manager cures the problem
temporarily. It perhaps could be that a virus turns itself off to remain
hidden when the task manager is on.
2) My SD MS CF etc card reader which is a bit dogdy lately. It is a
cheapo card reader. I have problems with the same piece of equipment
before, since replaced with one by the same manufacturer. At the moment
it is refusing to recognise CF cards at times.
3) A virus of course but the virus software I have tried says not.

This is driving me around the bend.

I keep my task bar at the top of the screen (since I used a Mac before
Windows had a taskbar). But alas the problem remains when I move the
taskbar back to its default position.



Some keywords to make this thread more searchable. "taskbar does not
work" "taskbar not working" "taskbar malfunction" "task bar can't be
clicked" "can't click taskbar"


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Old 09-23-2009, 11:36 AM
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive

More symptoms

1) The problem is intermittant. Sometimes I can come to the task bar
after a while and it will work. I am not sure why. Virus activity?

2) I have one piece of software that assumes that the taskbar is at the
bottom and does not work properly, having its top area obscured by the
taskbar. I should try unistalling that software but I don't think it is
the problem.

3) INTERESTINGLY, *sometimes* when I go to the top right (remember my
task bar is at the top) of unresponsive taskbar to where the system
clock is displayed, I get a tooltip, one of those little explicative
yellow popup boxes, that corresponds to the explanation that should
occur I were pointing at a program-top-bar, top right hand corner
button, i.e. it says "close" or "return to original size" (by the way I
am using a non-English language windows, so my back translation may not
be exact).
This suggests, that the problem is some sort of mapping. The OS
thinks that there is the top bar of a program (that fad from dark blue
to light blue thing at the top of program windows) where my task bar
should be.
Hence it could be a registry corruption issue, possibly due to (2)
above. Somewhere along the line I have moved my task bar off the top of
my screen?


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Old 09-25-2009, 01:43 AM
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive

I am trying AVG Free as well. It has already scanned the registry,
processes and system directory and found nothing.
I am doubting a virus, since even pressing Alt+Tab to change between
programs temporarily fixes the issue. I am thinking it is some sort of
mapping problem. I think that the OS sometimes thinks that the taskbar
is offset somewhere.

This advice looked good.
'http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/566349-cant-click-desktop-taskbar.html'
(http://tinyurl.com/yam6jdp)
It recommends creating a new Admin user account and using that instead.


The new user account did not SEEM to have the problem (it is
intermittent so it is difficult to say)

But before I could copy my old user profile
'Microsoft Corporation' (http://tinyurl.com/gq9fb)
wholesale to see if the bug comes with the copy, the taskbar became
unresponsive again.

Somehow the new account seems to be faster. Maybe I will stick with it.


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Old 09-25-2009, 01:58 AM
Kelly
 
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive
Where is your original post?

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Kelly (MS-MVP/DTS&XP)

Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm


"undisclosed" wrote in message
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>
> I am trying AVG Free as well. It has already scanned the registry,
> processes and system directory and found nothing.
> I am doubting a virus, since even pressing Alt+Tab to change between
> programs temporarily fixes the issue. I am thinking it is some sort of
> mapping problem. I think that the OS sometimes thinks that the taskbar
> is offset somewhere.
>
> This advice looked good.
> 'http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/566349-cant-click-desktop-taskbar.html'
> (http://tinyurl.com/yam6jdp)
> It recommends creating a new Admin user account and using that instead.
>
>
> The new user account did not SEEM to have the problem (it is
> intermittent so it is difficult to say)
>
> But before I could copy my old user profile
> 'Microsoft Corporation' (http://tinyurl.com/gq9fb)
> wholesale to see if the bug comes with the copy, the taskbar became
> unresponsive again.
>
> Somehow the new account seems to be faster. Maybe I will stick with it.
>
>
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:06 AM
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive

I edited my original post because the "solution" did not work.

I still have the problem in my new admin user as the old.


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Old 09-25-2009, 03:25 AM
Kelly
 
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive
What was your original question/post?

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Kelly (MS-MVP/DTS&XP)

Taskbar Repair Tool Plus!
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/taskbarplus!.htm


"undisclosed" wrote in message
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> I edited my original post because the "solution" did not work.
>
> I still have the problem in my new admin user as the old.
>
>
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:41 AM
Paul
 
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive
Kelly wrote:
> Where is your original post?
>


You can use the reference message ID on the USENET posting,
to find the thread. Google advanced search allows searching on
message ID, and sometimes, it even works. This is a search for

3BD436C6-BABD-4602-937D-82D9519985AE@microsoft.com

http://groups.google.ca/group/micros...8019fcf42b4f59

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Old 09-25-2009, 05:37 AM
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Re: Windows XP taskbar freezes-unresponsive

My "original" post is quoted in blue, in full by Kelly.

I thought the question was not where (since Kelly was quoting it
immediately below his question) but "where did it go to", i.e., the port
was, "why did you remove it"? Hence my response.

My question remains that * m y t a s k b a r i s u n r e s p o n
s i v e *. I click it and nothing happens. I have to use Alt+Tab to
change between programs.

Tim


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