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Windows 7: Desktop Icons trapped in one portion of the screen


28 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit with Service Pack 1
 
 
Desktop Icons trapped in one portion of the screen

Hi all,
I don't know if it is when I updated my video driver or if it was a Windows update, or what. I have a dual monitor setup but now all of a sudden, my desktop icons can only display in about the upper left 2/3 of the main monitor. There is space for 6 vertically and 10 horizontally. I can move them around in that space but they won't go anywhere else on either screen.
Any ideas?

On a different note, this is a fairly new system. I've got an AMD Phenom II x6 1090T Processor @3.2 GHz, 16GB of ram, a TB harddrive that's only about 30% full and dual GTX 560 Ti video cards. The strange thing is, nearly any game I play, even when I set the settings fairly low, I get a lot of pauses in the display. It seems to take forever to load games too. This has happened since the computer was first setup so I don't think it's that things are too cluttered.

Thanks for any help you might have! It's frustrating to have spent all this money on a new system and I'm not sure it's running even as well as my old one with a single GTX 9800 card!

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28 May 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Is remaining part of screen used whatsoever? Please open NOTEPAD or EXPLORER full screen... does it work?
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28 May 2012   #3

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

I assume that you have tried:
Rt-click on empty spot on desktop |
select View item |
uncheck Auto Arrange Icons
uncheck Align Icons to grid.
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28 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit with Service Pack 1
 
 

Kactussoft, the screen is usable for everything else... programs run full screen or windowed without a problem.
Karlsnooks, Auto Arrange was already unchecked. Oddly enough, when I unchecked Align to grid, it let me move them but if I move them outside that area, they can't be seen... enough so that if I move one half way out of it, it's only half visible. Thanks for these suggestions though! I certainly hadn't noticed this effect before this..
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28 May 2012   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Is this problem on both monitors?

Try to attach only one monitor... just to test
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28 May 2012   #6

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yumadome,
After making the changes, did you shutdown and then power up?
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28 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit with Service Pack 1
 
 

Will give those a shot... I hate to admit that I don't think I've restarted since then... doh!
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28 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit with Service Pack 1
 
 

OK... I'm an idiot... the reset fixed it
I know better... yet I still forget that!

Thanks very much for the suggestions! Now, if I can just figure out why this thing is so slow I'll be in pig heaven!
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28 May 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

get ready to wallow in the mud!

Install CCleaner:
CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

list of STARTUP PROGRAMS

CCleaner | Tools
icon | Startup button | Windows tab |
click on Save to text file button (bottom right side) |
accept Startup.txt as file name | SAVE button

list of SCHEDULED TASKS

CCleaner | Tools
icon | Startup button | Scheduled Tasks tab |
click on Save to text file button (bottom right side) |
enter Scheduled Tasks as File name | Save button

List of INSTALLED PROGRAMS

CCleaner | Tools
icon | Uninstall button |
click on Save to text file button (bottom right side) |
accept install.txt as File name | Save button


UPLOAD the startup.txt file
UPLOAD the Scheduled Tasks.txt file
UPLOAD the install.txt file.

HOW TO UPLOAD
Post a File or Screenshot in Seven Forums
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29 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit with Service Pack 1
 
 

I'm on an odd work schedule so it will be tomorrow or Thursday before I can roll my sleeves up that far but I'll get that uploaded as soon as I can.
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