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Help! Desktop Icons disppeared

June 17, 2005 at 07:03:13
Specs: Win XP, AMD Athlon XP / 1.0GB

I installed a new AGP card (nVidia GeForce FX 5200 chipset) yesturday. I have the screen resolution running at 1600 by 1200 on DVI setting. Ran an application (LEGO Star Wars) that uses Pixel Shading at a resolution of 800 by 600 (to increase performance). There were some errors that kicked me out of the program, but I thought they should all be application based.

I shut down the computer for the night, when things looked ok. Today when I booted up the computer, I noticed that:

1. The wallpaper have been shrunk to the 800 by 600 size (resolution still 1600 x 1200). 2. All the desktop icons are gone! The start menu bar, taskbar icons still all loaded.
3. I tried to bring up the display settings menu, I think it's there, but it is not on the screen, I tried shut down, the shut down menu isn't there, but knowing that if I press "right" on the keyboard, it will move to cursor to shutdown. After I pressed that, the machine shutdown like normaly.

It seems like I am working over a blank cover where programs were probably loaded, but I just can't see them!

I didn't have too much time to work on it because I have to leave for work, but are there any suggestions?

I appreciate any advise that could be given.

Thanks all!


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#1
June 17, 2005 at 07:08:25

Steven, Try a System Restore to the closest date prior to when the problem started.

Tufenuf


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#2
June 17, 2005 at 07:13:57

Hi Tufenuf,

I would try the SR as you suggested but could it be possible that the culprit is new AGI card itself? I'm kinda baffled with this issue (sudden resolution change upon reboot).

Regards

i_XpUser


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#3
June 17, 2005 at 07:40:20

Thanks for the quick responses.

About System Restore, if I can't see any of the dialogue windows when loading up programs, how do I operate through it?

The situation looked similar to if Right-click -> Arrange Icons -> Show Desktop Icons is unchecked, but if that were the case, the dialogue windows should still show, right?

XPUser, the resolution is still set on 1600 x 1200 (as far as the Nvidia is showing), it was the wallpaper that was showing up as 800 x 600 size.

I have not tried to go into Safe Mode yet to see that will make anything show up.

I have not tried to see if going back to my old card will help.

This is quite frustrating indeed as I can't work on it until I get back home in the afternoon.

Any further help/advice is truly appreciated.


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#4
June 17, 2005 at 08:02:11

you might try a reboot and tap f8 key as it reboots. then try going to last good configuration.

also, did you go to device manager and diable any other video adapters on your machine.

try safemode.


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#5
June 17, 2005 at 08:37:56

When you installed the card did you uninstall old video card drivers before installing the nVidia GeForce FX 5200?

Straight after you had the card fully installed before running the game was the resolution 1600 by 1200 and icons shown?

See if you can gain access to the Display Properties, and change the resolution back to 1600 by 1200 in the settings tab.

As for the icons that are gone, the icons that are gone are they the default desktop icons eg, My Documents, Internet Explore or are they ones you have added?

If it is all icons that are gone including the ones you have added then try this:
Boot to safe mode and open regedit,
Goto
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Name: NoDesktop

Check to see if the value is set to 1 if so change it to 0 and restart


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#6
June 17, 2005 at 08:40:56

But wouldn't the Last Known Good Configuration just get me back to the same place? I was under the impression that as long as Windows boots to the start up screen, it is considered "good?"

I hope my desktop is not corrupted because of this. ><


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#7
June 17, 2005 at 08:59:16

From Michaelwhizz:

When you installed the card did you uninstall old video card drivers before installing the nVidia GeForce FX 5200?
Straight after you had the card fully installed before running the game was the resolution 1600 by 1200 and icons shown?

- No, I am afraid I didn't do that. I installed the drivers that came with the Video Card CD as soon as XP booted up and recognized the new card.

- Prior to running the Game, the resolution was on 1600 x 1200. When the game was ran, it was defaulted as 1600 x 1200, but I changed it to 800 x 600 within the game.

- Icons looked ok before and after the game ran. It is after shutting down (last night) and restarting (this morning) that this whole fiasco happened.

See if you can gain access to the Display Properties, and change the resolution back to 1600 by 1200 in the settings tab.

- That was one of the first things I have tried with the little amount of time I have this morning. The dialogue windows simply does not show up on the screen for me to make changes to settings (as noted in my first post)

As for the icons that are gone, the icons that are gone are they the default desktop icons eg, My Documents, Internet Explore or are they ones you have added?

If it is all icons that are gone including the ones you have added then try this:
Boot to safe mode and open regedit,
Goto
HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
Name: NoDesktop

Check to see if the value is set to 1 if so change it to 0 and restart

- It was everything that was gone. As I've noted in my 2nd post up there, my desktop now looks similar to: Right-click on Desktop -> Arrange Icons -> Show Desktop Icons (Unchecked) with the dialogue windows not being displayed.

Could there be an NVidia setting that has something to do with this?


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#8
June 18, 2005 at 19:49:00

When you right click on your desktop it doesn't show then menu is this correct?

And if so can you right click on your taskbar and a menu is shown?


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#9
June 21, 2005 at 09:46:21

Thanks to all that replied.

I was able to solve the problem. The culprit was conflicting Video Drivers. Somehow it is configured to think that I have dual display. So after I was able to get into Safe Mode (the agonizing pain of having to wait until getting home to work on it, Argh!), I was able to see my desktop, removed the drivers re-installed NVidia's drivers.

After booting up, everything was back and I was relieved, to say the least. Sometimes the simplist solution could be complicated like what I have seemingly done.

Again, big thanks to all that have jumped in and help me out.


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