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Need a Permanent Fix for Disappearing Notification Icons

by ljp123 / October 19, 2011 10:35 PM PDT

Please help! My volume, network, sound, clock icons in notification tray disappear regularly. I have an HP dv9000 notebook, running Windows Vista. I have done the "properties" thing and checked each item when they are not grayed out. I have done the "regedit" process and have ended explore.exe and restarted it. Icons always come back but it is never PERMANENT. What can I do to restore these icons, permanently?

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One fix I use is to never hide any.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 5:25 AM PDT

However this is the FAMOUS DV9000 and you may be experiencing the usual failures. For that I have no good news.

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Never Hide Any...
by ljp123 / October 20, 2011 7:16 AM PDT

I have not and do not check the "hide inactive icons" box. And yes my HPdv9000 may be experiencing more failures as my wireless network card is no longer able to recognize my network. I did resolve that problem thanks to another post on CNET by buying a new usb wireless adapter. Might be time to purchase a new computer!Thank you for your answer.

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Just in case it's malware.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 7:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Never Hide Any...

While I don't like the dv6000/9000 and it's similar laptops for what happened, let's give it one last try.

1. Power down, remove AC, battery then remove the failed wifi card. It can cause glitches.

2. I'd take Grif's advice at 7726-6132_102-5098912.html?tag=posts;msg5099421


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Will try...
by ljp123 / October 20, 2011 8:56 AM PDT

Ok, I will give that a try... I think. I did disable the wifi card before I installed the new wireless usb adapter.
I also checked out Grif's link. Lots of things to do there! Will have to think about that. I ran a system scan on Malwarebytes and Avast anti virus. All "appears" to be ok.
Will let you know. Thanks again.

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Why do I remove the card?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 20, 2011 1:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Will try...

1. It draws power.
2. It creates heat.
3. It sits on a CPU bus that can cause trouble even when disabled.

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Got It!
by ljp123 / October 20, 2011 9:37 PM PDT

Thanks for the explanation. Have not had the time to do this but I will give it a try this w/e. Can you tell me which laptops you do like?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 21, 2011 4:43 AM PDT
In reply to: Got It!

While I used to get HP, Tosh, Asus and more, HP failed in a spectacular way in service by destroying a laptop and not honoring the warranty (I'm out one laptop) they have earned my "avoid" when folk ask.

It's not only their service misdeeds but they can't fix an issue if you find it. This one was a BIOS bug that stopped the machine from booting when a smart phone was plugged in. All BIOS changes/settings do not fix it. It's a bug and HP claims they buy the bios so they can't fix it. I was not happy to be told by HP "that not many folk have smart phones" so they don't consider it a big problem.

So back to Dell, Tosh, Asus, Samsung, Apple etc. Those VALUE laptops are fine too if you consider them for what they are.

What am I typing on now? Samsung RC512. It's nice.

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