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Q: missing desk top icons and start menu

Hi everyone!
ok i am a newbie, noob , whatever and i sure could use some help here. My problem is the other comp I have are missing its desk top icons and start menu. and wouldnt you just know it,?? my son hasnt the slightest idea of how it happened. hmm. is there anyone that can give me a little assistance of what i may could do to get this stuff back?? any little itty bitty help at this time is better than none....... please!!!!!!!!

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A: missing desk top icons and start menu

Check the recycle bin and see if they are still there.

If you are using XP choose a restore point when you know the icons where there. This should solve the issue

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Anyone have any ideas?
Any help greatly appreciated!
 

A:Dell Latitude E6510 will not start up

Have you tried a hard start. Disconnect the battery and power cord. Then hold down the power button for about 30 seconds. Then try reconnecting the battery or the power plug and see if it will start. If this dose not work you might what to post your computer or laptops Model and make plus your systems specs.
 

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So the issue I am facing is that I have a Dell Laptop with dual graphics card (Intel(R) 4400 integrated and AMD Radeon 8850m dedicated). The System would not detect any AMD driver installed on it. The device manager was showing only the Intel Graphics Card being installed .
Then I went on to uninstall the Catalyst Command Center from Control Panel, wherein I completely uninstalled the AMD Graphics driver and everything related to it.
Now, AMD is not at all being recognized by my system. Device manager doesnt show it even in hidden devices, DriverEasy scan doesnt read it, Even Dell System detect is failing to detect the AMD graphics Card.

How do I proceed ahead with this issue.

Have I somehow unmounted the hardware internally?
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What system scan tools can I use to get my laptop to recognize the Device again?
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A:AMD Radeon 8850m device is missing

Have you tried going to Dell support site and down loading the orginal drivers and software for your graphics.
 

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Can anyone enlighten me further on this?

Thanks.
 

A:I7-4770 vs. i7-4771 vs. i7-4770K - Which has missing instruction set vs. the other 2?

4770k
http://ark.intel.com/products/75123

4771
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4770
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They all have the same instruction sets according to the intel site, unless im missing something, which one are you reffering to.

Those are essentially the same chip, just different clock speeds and 1 is unlocked.
 

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A:Monitor's menu won't go away and the buttons don't work

No one has any relevant information?
 

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A:Dell Inspiron 5520 Will not start up

Are you comfortable with disassembling the laptop? Really the only thing we can test is removing the Hard Drive, RAM, and DVD player.

First I would try the HD and DVD to see if either of those are stopping it from powering for what ever reason, and you will still get something on the screen and see if it boots.

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Go here and make sure u don't have a key stuck. http://www.keyboardtester.com/
 

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A:Could not start print spooler service on local computer error 1068

On Win/7 the dependencies are

HTTP

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
DCOM Server Process Launcher
RPC Endpoint Mapper
Manually start each on and set to AUTOSTART as you go.
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A:Monitor taking minutes to start. Is it dying? Fixable?

I think this is easy to fix ...
Don't worry
Just some tests must be done by a technician to know what exactly is happening

You may also try to unplug the monitor after it detects the signal and reconnect it to see what will happen ... This may make it more easy to determine what is wrong
 

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A:Mobo issue? Custom build won't start anymore

First, are any wires touching that might be causing a short such as a wire touching the back of the mobo? Second, I had something similar happen to me a few years ago with a new build. There is a tried and true though often tedious way that can help diagnose possible issues.

1. Remove all hardware except for one RAM stick from the motherboard and this includes Sata and fan connections to peripherals such as your SSD, etc,

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Can you get into the Safe Mode?
 

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A:Accidentaly unplugged computer without shutting down. Computer will not start.

Try and get a psu off a friend who might have a extra one. Go from there. This way you might be able to narrow it down. It really hard to say what happen .
 

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A:NTLDR is missing. Hard Drive Failure.

Trobles86 said:





I also hooked up the hard disk to my laptop with a hard disk adapter and got the same results.Click to expand...

If you have access to another PC or laptop then you can connect the hard drive in to that machine and get the files you wanted to recover from your hard drive in there.
 

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How old is the computer, or the hard drive. It appears you have a failed or failing hard drive.
 

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Can we assume "my laptop it does and my brothers pc does" applies to his pc connected to your router?

login as an admin, get a command prompt and issue these two commands
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Hello,

I update the system and the LAN driver but still the issue exist.

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A:Lenovo c580 wouldn't start

Sorry its lenovo g580
 

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Hi Bonmar,

It may be possible that Secure sign-in requiring all users to press Ctrl+Alt+Del is enabled on your computer. This generally provides an additional layer of security to protect the system.

In order to disable this option, please try the following steps:

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Babita G
#iworkforDell

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Seriously? No one has any advice? lol
 

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A:Missing USB driver in Win XP

Im not sure if that is true but u can try go to website like if ur computer is dell go to www.dell.com/support and follow to drivers then lookfor your make and model laptop look under xp and download usb drivers
 

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A:Sony VAIO laptop freezes after start up, was working fine a few hours ago

Try running Memtest86 a few times and tell me if any errors come up.
 

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A:HP Pavillion DV6700 will not start, no BIOS screen just black

The motherboard has probably failed do to consistent overheating over time...
 

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A:Applications won't start (even Notepad!)

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A:Print Spooler will not start

Treat it as if there are jobs in the print queue that can't be deleted. As I recall you delete the subdirectory in the Spooler directory used for that specific printer.

Try running this troubleshooter

=== Update ===
Here's another Wizard
 

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A:Laptop will not start

When it switches on, does the screen show anything such as a logo or some sort of way into the BIOS? It could be an overheating issue especially with the processor where the fan has failed. To stop the processor from destroying itself by overheating depending on the make, it can sometime shut itself down atomatically. How old is the laptop? Check that the fan is working (normally makes a small noise with hot or cold air coming out and is generally located on the upper part of the keyboard section on the laptop.
 

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A:Folder icons changed to shortcuts

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Is the laptop making any noise at all? Do you have the model number etc?
 

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A:Brand new laptop: Wireless worked at the start, now it doesn't

run IPCONFIG /ALL

if it shows the current IP address as 169.x.x.x then the issue is not finding
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ALSO, if you see an IP address like 0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334
then you have IPv6 enabled on the laptop;
1) google for disable ipv6
2) apply the solution for your {XP,Vista,Win/7} laptop

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A:My Acer Aspire 5520 won't start

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What are your PC's specs? A desktop or laptop?
 

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A:Computer won't start

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Check out this guide
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A:Dell 1525 Inspiron, won't start

just like mine

am trying to find the sleep sw that hibernates the sys to bypass read the threads under tryingdad, maybe we can fix both
 

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A:Strange noise from PSU on start up

The fan in the PSU is the only thing that usually makes noise. I can't in good faith recommend that you replace the fan in your PSU because even an unplugged PSU can generate enough voltage to KILL you. Please get a new PSU instead.
 

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A:Missing SD host adapter

"I have an old HP NC6000 which I installed Windows 7"...

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thanks!
 

A:Missing hard drive space after restoring laptop to factory settings

"it should have 69.6GB"...
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A:Laptop will start up but screen stays black, not a computer amateur but need help!

These new viruses are truly evil... and wide spread. We have had over 30 cases since Wednesday... all doing what you describe.

But the Toshiba is also infamous for having the screen inverter go bad... cheap to replace but darn difficult to get at quickly.

Can you connect an external monitor to the VGA port on the back of the Toshiba to see what you get there?
 

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A:Nvidia GeForce MX4000 video card won't start until Windows loads

Don Black said:





Hi, new I'm here and have worked on my computers for many years with success. i have a problem with a new Nvidia MX4000 video card with an Asus P5P800-MX/CHANNEL-UAYGZ motherboard. All works well except there's no video signal until the Windows XP boots up and loads the driver. This means I can't see the Bios setup or dual boot screen on startup. It works fine with the built in video on the motherboard but I'd like to use the dedicated video card. Has anyone had this problem and suggestions to work around it.
Thanks, Don Black.Click to expand...

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Was theNIC protected from lightening by at least a surge protector.
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Need input!

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A:Recovering missing files

rgboy said:





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RGClick to expand...

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Shot in the Dark

Have you tried running MalwareBytes in safe mode? Do you have an antivirus on your computer? Sometimes Virus' know MBAM so you may want to change the name of the program before you run it.

My Computer Lady
 

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i am not really sure but i think i have a faulty motherboard or psu
 

A:My PC won't start up

1. How much thermal paste did you apply?

2. I've had this happen to me and the following sometimes tedious but tried and true method works surprisingly quite well. Disconnect everything from your motherboard except the cpu, one stick of RAM, and the power plug from psu to motherboard. Boot-up; if it boots-up and remains so then shut it down and add one piece of hardware. Boot up again and if it remains on repeat and so on.

It will help you to narrow down where the issue might be. If it doesn't boot up the first try then either it is your psu or motherboard.

* Also, however, make sure your motherboard is not shorting out by either touching your case or a wire.
 

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A:Windows start up takes forever to load network

Here is the video of my problem, maybe this will help

http://www.youtube.com/embed/K8ZCF8ywMQ8
 

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A:Memory check on start up

In your BIOS, do you have an option to 'Fast boot'?
Power on, then 'F2' into the BIOS.
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A:New comp, normal beep on start up but no video

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A:Dell Latitude D531 won't start

dude i have the same thing. did u take it apart and then reassembled per any chance?
 

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A:Sony Vaio VGN-FS515b doesn't start after BSOD

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A:Wierd sound problem - missing vocals

some more info

Hi forum,

Some more info on this problem.

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jrmch
 

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A:Computer does not turn on when pressing the start button

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but first things first. What are the specs of the PC? and what is the wattage and brand of the PSU?
 

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A:Laptop won't start after screen issue

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A:BIOS wouldn't start

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A:Flashing power supply LED and PC won't start

That sound like a problem with psu to be sure get yourself a psu tester you can get a good one for around a 10 on ebay also take a look at your mobo to see if there is damage there also check your ups and safety hub.
 

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