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Taskbar gone crazy on win xp pro sp2

When i shrink a page on win explorer a few times the task bar fills up quickly with the shrunk pages and horizontal bars appear and soon take over the task bar, have just formatted with the same problem now its back, any help greatly appreciated

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YOu have either a Display Driver problem or the Display Chips itself. try downloading the latest version of display driver if does not fix the problem you need to get your onboard vga repaired.

good luck.

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Press ctrl+esc to see if the start menu pops up, if it does not then proceed by trying the following steps below.

Make sure explorer.exe is still running:
Press ctrl+alt+delete to get into Task Manager and do File -> New Task -> explorer.exe -> OK

Otherwise check to see if your task bar is auto hiding:
Move the cursor to all four edges of the screen in an attempt to locate the hiding task bar. If the task bar does pop up, right click on it and press properties. Proceed by unchecking Auto-hide the taskbar under the Taskbar tab and pressing Apply and OK.

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