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desktop icons disappear and reappear

by leolmtak / February 15, 2006 10:32 PM PST

when I close Control Panel, my desktop icons disappear for a view seconds and then reappear. Same thing happens when I close a folder which has a shortcut on my desktop.
I am not sure if this started directly after I uninstalled Norton 2002, and installed AC-Antivirus.
I also noticed that my machine got slower.
I have scanned the PC for viruses and spyware, and it seems to be OK

My machine is a HP Pavilion 540n with Win XP sp2 Home Edition, 512 RAM DDR. Pentium 4 1,60 GHz

What can I do to repair


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Not broken.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2006 10:38 PM PST

When a change occurs in some folders or by other "events", an application can send a message to the system to refresh the view.

No cure is planned as this is normal.


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(NT) (NT) thanks Bob
by leolmtak / February 15, 2006 11:30 PM PST
In reply to: Not broken.
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Tip: You can speed that up on the desktop.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 15, 2006 11:49 PM PST
In reply to: (NT) thanks Bob

Don't use a "compressed" image as the background. Convert the image to an uncompressed BMP of the exact size of the desktop and then uncheck the stretch checkbox.

The desktop should refresh a bit faster.


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no luck
by leolmtak / February 16, 2006 1:26 AM PST

I tried another background in BMP, but no improvement.
My grandson's laptop does not have this problem
What do you think about more RAM

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If under 512M, then maybe. Here's another tip.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2006 2:08 AM PST
In reply to: no luck
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special attention R. Proffitt
by leolmtak / February 22, 2006 7:19 AM PST
In reply to: Not broken.

I disabled all Ad Ons (exept windows messenger)from Internet Explorer and now everything is working fine again. I can open and close Desktop folders and also Control Panel and my screen doesn't even flicker.
Might be a coincident, but that's for you to tell.
I just want to share this with you.

Thanks again for your help

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