My acer laptop has suddenly developed the following problem. On startup the icons on the right of the task bar are different and the mouse is frozen. however on plugging in an external mouse i can get things to work but when i click on start to go to shutdown the laptop freezes and the only way to get it to go again is to let the battery run down. It then starts up again correctly. Have tried system restore but exactly the same happens. please help
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Your keyboard has been changed from English to French Canadian by the sounds of it!
Go down to your task bar and on the right side look for the keyboard icon or two letters. Click on that icon, and select US instead of what is selected right now.
You're looking for something like this if you're on XP - http://www.mirecki.us/computing/language/LangBar1.jpg
It will be on the right side, to the left of the icons and the arrow to "show more".
If you don't see the keyboard icon, right click on the task bar, go to Toolbars, and select "language bar". You should then see the keyboard or letters.
If you're still having troubles, comment back and I'll be sure to help!
Click on "Programs" and find the program for which you want to create an icon
Move your mouse pointer to the program you want to use
Depress and hold down the right mouse button while you drag the icon to the Quick Launch toolbar section of the Task Bar
When you release the right mouse button, a short menu will appear
Choose "Create Shortcut(s) Here." An icon will be created in the Quick Launch toolbar on the Taskbar
Deleting Icons from the Task Bar
Move the mouse pointer to the icon you want to delete
Right-click on the icon
Choose "Delete" from the short menu that appears. The icon has been deleted, but the program is still available to you on your hard disk
NOTE: If you have carefully followed the steps above to add the icon to your Quick Launch toolbar, deleting it will NOT delete the program from your computer, it will simply remove the icon from your toolbar. The program will still be available to you.
Also you can "Drag" the program, to the bar, and "Drop" it on it.
Check out a freeware application called StartupCPL at http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml. This places a Startup icon in your Control Panel which, when opened, lists all applications on your PC with a check box for each one. Simply put a check mark in each application you want to open minimized on startup. By the way, it states it is for Windows ME and 2000, but I have had it on XP for quite a while and it works fine.
In your desktop, Right click your mouse and properties will show and look for show desktop option. And then move your mouse to the bottom of your computer screen, if toolbar will show, then your toolbar is set to automatic hide. Change the settings in your Taskbar and Start Menu Properties and change there the settings, uncheck the auto hide task bar.
After your system boots, try right-clicking on the task bar and select "Properties" in the dialog box that appears. Click the tab that says "Notification Area" and see if the box "Hide Inactive Icons" is checked. If so, remove the checkmark. You can also leave the check there and select the "Customize" button to mark the ones you want to Hide/Show all the time.
If your LAN connection is on the Task Bar the right click on this Icon and left click on REPAIR.
If no Icon on Task Bar the click on Control Panel - Network Connections - then right click on your LAN Connection and left click on REPAIR.
Go to Start/Settings/Network Connections. When the window opens right
click on the Wireless Network Icon and select Properties. In XP there
should be a check box to allow display of notification when connected.
If some other OS, hold the right button down on the Icon and drag it to
the task bar. It should drop an icon for showing the status.
Before doing all of this, is there an arrow to the left of the icons? If so, click on it see if the Icon is simply hidden.
It sounds like you have your task bar set to auto hide. I'm not too familiar with this brand of laptop but if you are using windows you should be able to follow these instructions to fix this. If you know how to get to the control panel (start menu) and click on appearance and themes there should be a task bar and start menu icon there. Click on that icon and select how you want your task bar to be displayed.
It sounds as if you have got your inbuilt microphone active and it is amplifying the sound coming from your speakers, try muting the microphone off through your sound or speaker icon normally on your task bar on right hand side, this happened to me when i first installed a web cam and set up the microphone volume.
Hope this helps, other than re installing sound card drivers.