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Windows 7: Inactive taskbar & icons

01 Aug 2009   #1
alecsio

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 
Inactive taskbar & icons

Yesterday i was watching a movie on VLC media player and i pause the film to check something and i noticed that i couldn t click the taskbar nor the icons on my desktop. Right click also didn t work. Also TAB didn t work but when i pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL things solved. There was no message of Not Responding window or Not Responding Windows Explorer. And the funny thigs is the click worked in the player. Well, i thought i solved the problem so i got back to my movie. When the movie ended i closed the player and again happened . Again CTRL+ALT+DEL . And today happened AGAIN. I don t get any explorer error or Not Responding error. i just can`t click anything on my desktop or taskbar except the current application i m running (today i was running traktor dj studio, yesterday VLC media player) until i press CTRL+ALT+DEL.

Did this happenen to any of you? What could be the problem?


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01 Aug 2009   #2
petrossa

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alecsio View Post
Did this happenen to any of you? What could be the problem?
Yes. The explorer freezes. Haven't quite figured it out yet. Sometimes it happens after a reboot. Explorer freezes but everything else works.

I once tried to sit it out, to see if it would exit the loop it was in. It did, but as soon as i clicked again it went into deepfreeze again. Even the 3finger salute didn't work.

Weirdly enough the processor idles, so the explorer is really just frozen.
I guess it waits for a response it doesn't get and the time-out is enormous.

I have not the faintest clue, it's some internal conflict. Videodriver comes to mind; Do you a nvidia graphics card?
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01 Aug 2009   #3
alecsio

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by petrossa View Post
Weirdly enough the processor idles, so the explorer is really just frozen.
I guess it waits for a response it doesn't get and the time-out is enormous.

I have not the faintest clue, it's some internal conflict. Videodriver comes to mind; Do you a nvidia graphics card?
I forgot to tell that the CPU idles... Yes i do have a nvidia GTS 250 why? I recently installed nvidia ION drivers (says that supports win 7). Maybe driver problems? The old ones were good.
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01 Aug 2009   #4
petrossa

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alecsio View Post
I forgot to tell that the CPU idles... Yes i do have a nvidia GTS 250 why? I recently installed nvidia ION drivers (says that supports win 7). Maybe driver problems? The old ones were good.
f*k me blind, i have gts 250 too. Since i have driver 190.40 installed didn't happen yet, but that was just yesterday. which version do you have?
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01 Aug 2009   #5
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Could be in the power option, your disk is set to off after a period of time.

The computer can't tell the difference between idle and watching a movie.

If you don't know where to find the option I'll post a screenshot, but at the moment my mui is dutch so I would need to change language, and I don't want to if it's not necessary.

good luck
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01 Aug 2009   #6
petrossa

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
Could be in the power option, your disk is set to off after a period of time.

The computer can't tell the difference between idle and watching a movie.

If you don't know where to find the option I'll post a screenshot, but at the moment my mui is dutch so I would need to change language, and I don't want to if it's not necessary.

good luck
first thing i do after installation is set power the highperformance. Plants need their COČ
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01 Aug 2009   #7
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by petrossa View Post
first thing i do after installation is set power the highperformance. Plants need their COČ
Ok, but did you check specifically if the power off of the disks is set to unabled when you selected high performance?

Just to be sure check it out, at least we could rule it out then.

greetz
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01 Aug 2009   #8
alecsio

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

i also set it to high performance but there s no difference :|. no i m reinstalling the drivers and i m having a hard lilfe here.

@squonksc: what dou you mean by setting of the disk? hard drive disk? because i have an IDE one which is use it for install kits and other things like that and i hear sometimes a funny noise in the case.
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01 Aug 2009   #9
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alecsio View Post
i also set it to high performance but there s no difference :|. no i m reinstalling the drivers and i m having a hard lilfe here.

@squonksc: what dou you mean by setting of the disk? hard drive disk? because i have an IDE one which is use it for install kits and other things like that and i hear sometimes a funny noise in the case.
Ok, I'll set my mui from dutch to english and post a screenshot.

Have to log off for a few minutes to do it.

Be right back.
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01 Aug 2009   #10
petrossa

vista x64/ win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
Ok, but did you check specifically if the power off of the disks is set to unabled when you selected high performance?

Just to be sure check it out, at least we could rule it out then.

greetz
yes i have, i always make a point of it because to my mind keeping them spinning causes less wear and tear on the heads and platters.

No i'm sure now that it's the drivers because Al has the same card and the same problems.
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