Safely remove hardware icon not always seen

Microsoft Windows 98se
January 8, 2010 at 00:35:48
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Intel Pen 4, 1 Gig RAM
Hi all.
That icon in the task/sys tray near clock that is used to remove a USB device safely plays hide and seek. Sometimes you see it, the other times you don't.

Can anyone please tell me how to lock it into that location so it's always visible?

I have a USB Printer and a hub permanently connected to the PC.


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January 8, 2010 at 02:53:57
Your header is a bit confusing as you mention XP (which has the
'safely remove' icon) and Win98SE (which doesn't). In XP the
icon will only appear when you have certain devices connected,
usually removable drives of some sort, but also MIDI devices for
example. Your printer won't be shown as removable (unless it
has a built-in card reader) and the hub will not be shown either
unless you have a drive attached.

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January 8, 2010 at 13:29:31
You can see it when some removable device (USB) is connected and it MUST BE POWERED ON !

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January 8, 2010 at 15:27:09
Silly question maybe, but have you set it to "Always show" in:-

Right click Start button > Properties > Taskbar tab > Customize button?

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January 8, 2010 at 16:24:14
Hi Guys.

Thanks for the prompt reply.

That Win98 thingy always presents a problem as I type in XP Pro, but when I check before posting it shows as win98. I then re-edit and the edit shows XP now, but in the actual post, as is evident, it shows Win98 again.

Shades of Twilight time me thinks.

Derek, you hit the nail right on the head. I did not know that there is another world after clicking on the Hide when inactive button.

All fixed, thanks very much guys.

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January 8, 2010 at 17:43:38
Glad you got sorted and thx for letting us know.
I think the moral is to always try the simple things first LOL.

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