new icon in new taskbar area

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
May 13, 2010 at 11:25:48
Specs: Windows XP
This icon suddenly appeared on my taskbar.

It is in its own little area which behaves a little like QuickLaunch does, but I can slide the divider over until the icon is hidden "underneath" the system tray.

It's not a regular running task in that sense.
When i mouseover the two squares at the top, a tooltip appears, "Restore". When I mouseover the arrow, I get the tooltip, "Options", Clicking on either appears to do nothing.

I'm very familiar with my running processes, and nothing new was added according to Process Explorer. I checked Autoruns and all was as expected.

Any idea what this is? Do I want to get rid of it, and if so, how?

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May 13, 2010 at 12:30:56
if you click on it you will see a toolbar appear on your desktop. on this toolbar is microphone and speech options. If you click on options you will see speech recognition and text to speech tabs. I beleive if in here you uncheck the box next to your profile it will go away the next time you boot. It's my understanding this is part of the default sound installation.

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May 13, 2010 at 12:46:33
When I click on it, nothing happens and no toolbar appears. Clicking on options does nothing. As far as I can tell, the icon is inert.

Since i can't bring up the options, I can't bring up my profile to uncheck anything. Is there some other way to do this that doesn't require a reaction from this icon?

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May 13, 2010 at 13:44:50
can you go to control panel/sounds/speech and access it there?

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May 13, 2010 at 17:39:40
I can not.

a look at device manager showed a new hardware (!) device, an NViidia "codec" (!) installed, which has never been seen or heard of before, in place of the correct Realtek audio hardware.

Why/how this happened, beats me, installation software gone wild, I suppose.

Disabling it, uninstalling it and installing the proper driver made the icon and the taskbar area go away.

Thank you for your efforts.
The problem is resolved.

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May 15, 2010 at 13:47:46
One last bit of followup, I've discovered that this was caused by Microsoft Update, as it loaded in a hardware update for hardware that I do not havve -- specifically what it calls a NVidia Audio Codec.

The icon in quesiton was supposed to be a part of the language bar used when multi-lingual support is engaged. It should have allowed me to change the keyboard layout to that of another language -- I mean, that's what it's for. How that applies in this context is anyone's guess, but be very careful of the things MS Update wants to install.

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