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Windows 7: Unknown little black box with arrow and 'A' in it stays on the screen

17 Dec 2011   #11
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I can't say specifically why an "A", but I can say that back when it was decided to include Caps Lock, Num Lock, and Scroll Lock on computer keyboards it was also decided that an indicator of some sort was needed to let people know that those were on, so it was decided to use a row of LEDs and each one needed something unique to tell them apart, and using those symbols underneath the lights was decided upon, although on some older keyboards, the lights are spaced out more with the words Caps/Num/Scroll lock written underneath the light. Now a days laptop manufacturers have decided to leave out the LEDs and include software which indicates when they are on.


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17 Dec 2011   #12
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

it definitely is caps lock, if you press numbers lock you will probably see the housey arrow icon with a number 1 in it,

im using a lenovo laptop atm and it has the caps indicators with led's and the icon.
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17 Dec 2011   #13
IJmir

Windows 7
 
 

The housy icon with A is gone (was Caps Lock) but the other stuff (that I tought was connected) is still happening: like when I adjust the sound by using the loadspeeaker icon on the toolbar a slide bar pops up that shows the sound level being adjusted - which is not necessary because the loadspeaker facility on the toolbar does that already. It is of the same design as the Caps Lock box: black, blunt and ugly. So I guess an OEM thing. Strange though, that it only apppears now - with my third (!!!!) hard drive put in and not before. But I guess that will have toi be another thread ......
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17 Dec 2011   #14
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

No, you don't need to make another thread. Probably best to keep it all contained to one actually.

Go to control panel and open Programs and Features. Maximize the window and take a screen shot (instructions in tutorial below). Attach it to your next post so that we can see what OEM software is installed. From there we should be able to help you either disable or uninstall the software.

Screenshot with Paint
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17 Dec 2011   #15
IJmir

Windows 7
 
 

Great!
Here you go. Thanks


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17 Dec 2011   #16
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it may be easier to look at your msconfig startup list - that way you can simply disable startup apps rather than completely uninstall them while you're looking for the culprit.

in your screenshot above, that 'On Screen Display' program looks like a promising candidate...
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17 Dec 2011   #17
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I believe the On Screen Display software is the culprit based on its name and the discription of the software on Lenovo's website. I would recommend turning off via MSconfig is you can, or if you want to remove it that should be fine.
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17 Dec 2011   #18
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

i have a similar volume level indicator when i use Fn and the left/right arrows but when i use the speaker icon in the systems tray it doesnt show the lenovo volume display.

im not sure how to stop it and if you delete it you may lose other indicators like the trackpad disable /enabled icon and other fn key features.
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17 Dec 2011   #19
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

It might be worth creating a system restore point before making any change.

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17 Dec 2011   #20
IJmir

Windows 7
 
 

I created a system restore point just to be sure. I couldn't turn off On Screen Display in Msconfig because I didn't see it there. So I uninstalled it. I now no longer get the sound level indicator - hurray. So far, I am not aware of anything not functioning properly as a result - but then I don't think I ever use the Fn keys.
The less clutter on the screen the better!! THANKS ALL for your help!
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