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Quick Launch Taskbar Buttons Inoperative

Q: Quick Launch Taskbar Buttons Inoperative

I keep 'losing' my quick-launch icons on the left-hand side of the task-bar. The icons first become inoperative, and shortly afterwards vanish altogether. Hovering the mouse pointer over the quick-launch corner does briefly produce the outline of buttons, and the "tip box", but nothing further. They do return if I re-boot, but are soon gone again. If I right-click-Open Folder, Win explorer opens the folder containing the links, and clicking on those links does work. Any ideas folks?

This problem has been present since MS pushed WinXP Pro SP3.

Lynn Z
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You say "Quick Question"??

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From here:

The virtual address space of processes and applications is still limited to 2 GB unless the /3GB switch is used in the Boot.ini fileClick to expand...

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Laptop Playback and Volume Control Buttons Do Not Work
Journal ID: 082101TNWB
Wizard ID: 341694
Date Published: 5/1/2008
Last Revised: 5/1/2008

STEP: Drain the Residual Power From the Laptop

Additional Information
Turn the computer off.

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Remove the battery from the computer.

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thebaronjocelin said:

it has failed the Seagate Diagnostic Utility
Any ideas?Click to expand...

Umm, backup immediately
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Crucial and kingston but say it doesnt support 800.

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A:quick question... i hope :)

read the upgrading ram guide in the guides forum next time please.
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A:TechSpot news: AMD Barcelona Launch Event

Here are a couple more links:

Making progress
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A:Does anyone know when Intel is going to launch its new processor?

Is this it?

or this:
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A:Quick HD Question..

Make sure the BIOS is set to boot off the sata drive before any ide drives. Then just plug it in, your motherboard likely still has 1 place to plug in an IDE drive, probably the CD/DVD. I'd set the CD DVD drive to Slave and set the hard drive to Master, but it really doesn't matter so long as one is Master and the other is Slave. You 'can' use Cable Select (CS) but I don't like to recommend that way.

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A:quick question

Take a look at this thread HERE it may help.

Regards Howard
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A:Quick Question (ati overdrive)

Sorry - you lost me somewhere in there......
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Hello and welcome to Techspot

Try the following:

Is the router password enabled?

My router has trouble some times, and all it needs is to be switched off for 30 seconds, then turned on

Try resetting to factory default settings, that may make a difference?

What do you mean by you can look but not touch?

Regards Computergekk564 :wave:
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Or PCIe, the way I like to say it.
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A:I'm at a best buy and need a quick answer

This is the link for the X1550 PCI on Neweggs, They have some in stock and mail in rebate so its kind of cheap =]

There are more then one X1300 there so i filtered it all down to the PCI's for you =] (prices are more expensive then the X1550)

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P.S Once you know, You Newegg
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Graphics Win Size [64mb]

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Configuration options:[32] [64] [128]

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Many Thanks,

A:Quick question:CPU fan wrong way round

'is it OK to just twist the fan around on its current thermal compound' - NO

'will it affect the effectiveness of it if I do?' - YES

edit: this is the Dirty Harry type question, ie, 'Do you feel lucky?'
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It could cause the drive to break yes.
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A:Quick RAM question

go to control panel, computer information on the left column, see how much ram you have currently, passed that we would have to know what mobo is in your system
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what does Max Component Density: 512Mb mean?

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Try finding a new software update. Also make sure you dont have timelapse turned on
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2.93 in computer sorry for the mistake.
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Short answer, yes.

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