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Losing desktop organization

Posted on 2002-04-07
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W2K with SP2 - Once ever couple of weeks, when I power up in the morning, my desktop is completely disorganized, with all the shortcuts moved to the left side, and in different sequence than my usual setup. I set it up as I want it, and it's ok for another couple of weeks. Not a big deal, but frustrating.
Solutions anyone ?
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First make sure that you have the latest video driver -
start | settings | system|  hardware  | device manager
check video driver then go to view menu | view hidden devices )any dupes?)
If so delete and reinstall video driver.
Next
Go to Windows Explorer | Tools menu | Folder Options
 View check 'Show hidden files and folders'
option.
   Now open the \winnt folder
   Delete 'ShellIconCache'
   Now go to start  |  run and type
   regedit    
   Go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
   Add a REG_SZ data type named Max Cached Icons.
   Set the string value to 2000
   Exit regedit and reboot.
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by:gron
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shekerra:
There was indeed a duplicate in hidden devices (Motherboard resources).
So I did all you suggested. I had another display intermittent problem which I did not describe. Every few weeks on power-up, the monitor would not connect, and gave me an error message "Check Signal" - after a few tries, it would go into BIOS with a message that the signal frequency was wrong. After a few more tries, and BIOS changes, it would work again. Do you think this might be related ?
Of course I won't know for several weeks whether your solution did the trick, but you sure seem to know what you're talking about, so I am accepting your answer. Thanks a bunch !
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what video card do you have?
What monitor model do you have?
Do you manually turn your monitor off?
It almost sounds like 2K is changing your video refresh rate to something higher then your monitor can handle.
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by:gron
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The video card is ATI Technologies RAGE 128 VR AGP
and the monitor is a ViewSonic 17".
Yes, when I shut down I power off the monitor manually.
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