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XP taskbar not responding

My windows xp taskbar is not working correctly. The start icon works fine but nothing else does. I cant select different programs, the calendar, audio and connection controls etc. Any help

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What happens when you right click on them?
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Do not apear the speakers icon


To Display The Volume IconBy default, the Volume icon is not displayed when you initially install Windows XP on your system.

To enable the display of the Volume icon, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Sounds and Audio Devices.
  3. Click Show volume control on the taskbar.
  4. Click OK.
When you have the new desktop features of Windows XP enabled, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Sounds, click Speech, and then click Audio Devices.
  3. Click Sounds, and then click Audio Devices.
  4. Click Show volume control on the taskbar.
  5. Click OK.
If needed you may need to reinstall the sound drivers back into the system.You can download the drivers for your system by clicking the link below.

Latitude D400 Sound Drivers

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Feb 12, 2013 | Dell Latitude D400 Notebook

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What is solution speaker not working acer 5610

Solution is to download the AUDIO drivers, AND install them.

Don't know what Operating System you are using. This is required.

Three audio (Sound) drivers listed. Which one do you need?
Let's look. Click on each one, one at a time, and see what each one is for...................

First one -> Audio Driver - Realtek - - 24.2MB

After you click on it;
It states ->

XP tells you it's for Windows XP
x86 tells you it is for a 32-bit operating system.
So it is for Windows XP 32-bit

Second one -> Audio Driver - Realtek - - 30.7MB

After you click on it;
It states ->

Vista tells you it is for Windows Vista
x86 tells you it is for a 32-bit operating system.
It is for Windows Vista 32-bit.

Third one -> Realtek - - 24.3MB

After you click on it;
It states ->

MCE = Media Center Edition
It is for Windows Media Center Edition, and that is a 32-bit O/S.

Now.................using the above information, it should be easy for you to determine what Audio Driver that is listed, is the one you need.

I'm going to use Windows XP for an example;

1) Make SURE there is a Green dot in the small circle, to the left of Save File.
If not; left-click in the small empty circle, to the left of - Save File.
Now go below, and click on OK.

2) A small download window will come up.
Allow the file to FULLY download, then DOUBLE-click right on the file name.

3) Another larger small window will come up. Go to the Left side, and click on - Extract all files.

4) At the bottom of the next 3 small windows, click on -
Next, Next, and Finish.
(DON'T change anything. Windows knows where to put it.
Just click on Next, Next, and Finish)

5) In the last small window DOUBLE-click on the file name.

If a Microsoft 'Squawk Box' comes up ignore it. Click on Yes, or OK.
If another small box comes up click on - Run.

[It is a ZIP file. A Zip file is a compressed file. It is used to send large amounts of information more easily. (Compressed)
You need to un-compress it, or 'un-zip' it.
This is what you are doing ]

When you are finished, if it doesn't ask you to restart your computer, DO SO.
(Windows XP: Click on Start > Turn Off Computer > Restart)

Close all windows, go back to your desktop screen, and restart your computer.

If the Volume icon is no longer down in the system tray;

Windows XP example;
Click on Start > Control Panel.
Click on Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices
Click on Sounds and Audio Devices (Bottom right)

In the small window, and under the small blue subheading -
Device volume.............
Make sure there is a Green checkmark in the small square box -
Place volume icon in the taskbar.

If not; left-click on the small empty square to the left of -
Place volume icon in the taskbar.

Now go to the bottom right, and click on - Apply.
Then go to the bottom left, and click on - OK

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Feb 03, 2013 | Acer Aspire 5610-4648 Notebook

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The internet explorer icon is not responding (no matter how many times i clik)?

It is possible that the shortcut icon is broken. Click start and then click Internent Explorer apposed to clicking it on your desktop.

I would also recommend installing the latest available Internet Explorer for your computer.
Click here to download Windows Internet Explorer 8.( For Microsoft Windows XP or Vista.)
Click here to download Windows Internet Explorer 9.( For Microsoft Windows Vista or 7.)

Be sure to select your version of Microsoft Windows under the correct language. Click the download button to proceed.

Take care!

Nov 04, 2011 | Acer Aspire One PC Notebook

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Difficulty uninstalling webroot off my computer

Right-click on the Webroot Spy Sweeper icon on your computer's taskbar. A menu for the program will appear. The taskbar is the bottom bar of your computer. The Webroot Spy Sweeper icon looks like a green bulls eye.Select "Exit" from the Webroot Spy Sweeper menu. Select "Yes" if asked if you wish to shut down the program.Click on the "Start" icon and select "Control Panel."Click on "Add / Remove Programs" if you are using Windows XP. Select "Programs and Features" if you are using Windows Vista or 7.Click on the "Webroot Spy Sweeper" program listing.Click on "Uninstall." A Webroot Spy Sweeper uninstall wizard will open.Select "Uninstall" in the wizard and hit "Next." Follow instructions on screen.Restart the computer if prompted.Click on "Start" and select "All Programs."Right-click on the "Webroot Spy Sweeper" folder and select "Delete."

Jun 14, 2011 | PC Laptops

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My icon for the battery power monitor has dissapeared from my taskbar can you help me get it back please

Do you have Windows 7? If so, you can right-click on the bottom right corner of your desktop (try right-clicking the time/date), where the icons for volume control, wireless, battery, etc... should be and select Properties. You should then see a screen where you can turn on/off the icons/notifications for battery power (sometimes my volume control disappears and i have to do this.
Otherwise you can go here, Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons and you should find the same thing. Then just turn on your battery power icon/notifications.
Hope this helps.

May 22, 2011 | Acer PC Laptops

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If you hear the sound on the headphones then the drivers installed correctly and the defect is either hardware - the jack for the headphones is stuck so the internal speakers are no longer activated when you unplug the headphones = the jack will have to be replaced by a shop - or software - you will have to go into the Realtek HD Control Panel and configure the audio outputs correctly = enable or unmute the internal speakers.
The Panel icon can be found in the notification area or in Start > Control Panel.

May 10, 2011 | Dell Vostro A860 Notebook

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Hello we have a problem with our laptop the battery charging icon will not appear so we don't if it's plugged in, not charging, Charhing or Not charging?

On Windows Vista/7:
Right-click the taskbar and select "Properties." The list of system icons in the "Notification Area" tab includes the power icon. Check the box next to it to enable this icon in the taskbar.
On Windows XP:
Right-click a blank area on the Desktop and select "Properties." Go to Screen Saver and click on Energy. In Advanced Option you could check the checkbox so the icon will re-appear in the task bar.

Best regards,

Jan 14, 2011 | Compaq Presario CQ60-220US PC Laptop

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Satellite a135-s4527

go to control panel,, then sound..

look to see if you have working device under sound playback..

if you do look for [place volume icon in taskbar] under volume tab [1st tab]

It will have a check box,, if the box is not checked then add the check mark by clicking on it,, then apply..

If the [Place volume icon in taskbar] is already checked then un check it.....apply...then re-check it....apply.

I dont know y but there is a glich and sometime yo have to uncheck and recheck to get the icon back...

I hope this helps you.. it should if your sound works at the moment

Mar 12, 2010 | Toshiba Satellite A135-S4527 Notebook

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Windows XP taskbar has "relocated itself"

Right-click the taskbar and ensure it's not locked..
Then just click on the taskbar and drag it to the bottom of the screen..

But i didn't understood the iconzied windows thing.. omg

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Mar 11, 2009 | IBM Lenovo ThinkPad T60

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Taskbar and Desktop icons flash/flicker on and off and don't allow her to open the Start menu or click any of the icons

restart computer and keep tappig F8 when
select safe mode from advance menu
*select win xp os
*get into safe mode and check
if u dont have any issue
then click on start->run->msconfig
click on selective startup
uncheck load startup items
click applay
click close
reboot and chack
if same problem
reboot computerr in safe mode
create new user acount

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