WIn2K screen problems- missing icons and vanishing screens

Posted on 2003-03-16
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Wierd things have been happening on my system; WInk 2K (service pack 3), Dell Dimention 450 with pentium 3, Voodoo3 (3dfx Interactve) display adapter, and a MultiSync LCD 1530 flat panel display.

1)  Frequently, a  page will get "screwed up"; some of the info on the page will just go away, but come back by just postioning the mouse over the area (a very quick hover) or by refreshing the page.  Sometimes refreshing the page doesn't correct it.  Frequently trying to open a menu in the start menu with a right arrow will not show the new menu to the side until you slide the mouse pointer down the new menu list, and as you do, eith choice will appear.  Until then, all you see is the normal background. This often occurs with right clicking something-- the menu won't appear until you scroll the mouse over it.

2) WHen i open a window (such as "run") that has a fill in box, with a downward arrow to the right of the back, which if clicked on would give a menu of choices, the right box has a "6" in it instead of the arrow.

3)  Icons frequently get lost: the desktop or quicklaunch toolbar will lose it's normal icon and use the "default" windows icon, or often a wrong icon from a different program.  Next boot up its back to normal.

Any ideas?

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Well I guess the first place to start would be to double check for viruses.

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Go to this page and click on Scan for Viruses

It needs to download a few file so as to activate the scan so you may see a message like this.

"The Scan for Viruses uses an ActiveX program to scan your computer. The download is approximately 1.5MB and can take about 10 minutes over a 28.8 modem.

The scan can take more than 20 minutes depending on the speed of your computer and the number of files that you have. Please do not browse away from this page unless you intend to abort the scan.
Downloading Scan for Viruses controls. Please wait...
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Note: Scan for Viruses does not scan compressed files"
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Next I would check to see if this video card has a cooling fan and if it does make sure it is working.
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Also update the video and monitor drivers or at least reinstall the current ones by deleting them from the Device Manager and reinstall them.
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If you can for testing purposes use a different monitor or use this monitor on a different machine to see what happens. The some goes for the video card.

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I agree with CrazyOne's opinion. you should scan Viruses in you computer firstly. if you still unchange the problem after the scan, you can try to reload the OS

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