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Blank Device Manager

Posted on 2004-09-25
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I am on sp2, everything was fine after the upgrade for about 2 weeks.

Today I noticed after new logon that I don't have network icon on sys tray and my device manager is blank.

I do have internet but I don't see the lan in network connections.

Also My computer is slow to show disks and some other programs are slow in file operations.

I attempted restore to previous point but same problem. I also executed sfc /scannow. Opened New user, tried in Safe mode, checked that Plug&Play is in auto mode, checked msconfig - but nothing restore device manager to show devices.
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by:sunray_2003
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Check if any chance this patch might help
http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4364.html

This is the patch for SP2 ..

Looks like you have multiple problems.. Have you tried to repair XP to see if that would help .

For network icon in system tray , have you checked going here
right-click on Start button
go to properties
go to taskbar
and click on customize under hide inactive icons and checked the behavior for the network icon..

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Also check for spywares and virus and see if that would help

Spyware:
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Some of the experts here have helped in compiling all the important spyware tools and they are listed in this thread
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Browser_Issues/Q_20975384.html

My recommendation would be to start with spybot ,ad-ware ,CWshredder and get the log from Hijackthis and save the log and paste it here http://hijackthis.de/index.php?langselect=english to analyze it  

After installing them, First Update them and then run

virus scanner:
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http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/   

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/
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by:Yossiat
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Performed the same restore again and now it is ok
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Yossiat,

Try restarting the machine and work on it for some more time to see if the problem comes back.
If not , do come and close the question
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by:Yossiat
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Thank you for the assistance. System ok. The only issue is a printing problem from iExplorer ( 6 xp sp2).
When I try to print I get a message :

Script Error
"Class Doesn't support Automation"
URL: res://C\Windows\system32\shdoclc.dll/preview.dlg
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alandc earned 500 total points
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Try my "holy grail of printer driver tool."

PRUNINST from HP - works on everything

Remove your printer drivers (all of them) and reinstall only the ones you need

You can get them from my page here:
http://members.cox.net/alandc/pruninst.exe -and-
http://members.cox.net/alandc/pruninst.hlp

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