Sidebar Slide Show Appears to be Broken

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Shaun Gupta, May 22, 2007.

  1. Shaun Gupta

    Shaun Gupta Guest

    Hey all,

    Weird problem. I was working with a client's computer (I troubleshoot
    and fix PC's - still using XP here until I can afford to upgrade to a new
    machine). Now I have some experience with Vista as a family member runs it
    as well as certain clients. I also set up her computer in the first place.
    I noticed here Sidebar was messed up and experienced frequent lock-ups and
    graphics corruption (especially around the edges of things, like the
    calendar or clock gadgets). The biggest "tell" of this was the fact that
    her Slide Show gadget was completely black (as opposed to when the computer
    originally was set up and it worked just fine).

    Upon playing around, I found out the settings for Slide Show were still
    correct (pointing to the Sample Pictures folder). But it simply doesn't
    work. I also found out the rest of Sidebar functions normally if you
    restart it WITHOUT Slide Show enabled. Everything else seems to work great
    (of the gadgets we've tried: Clock, Calendar, RSS New, Weather, etc.). As
    soon as Slide Show's enabled, everything goes buggy. Moving and rearranging
    gadgets doesn't work right, things get stuck behind other things, adding
    gadgets sometimes works and sometimes doesn't, the graphical corruption
    around the edges of things appears, and it just locks up and doesn't work as
    it should. Disabling Slide Show after it's been started doesn't help until
    Sidebar's exited and restarted, and then everything works normally (with the
    condition Slide Show is not active).

    So it's definitely an issue with Slide Show. I tried uninstalling and
    reinstalling the gadget, looking in the settings.ini file (though didn't
    actually alter anything), changing settings and paths to a different
    directory, etc. No luck, and I see no reason as to why it *should* be

    Any thoughts? It's a little thing, I know, but frustrating for someone
    who likes everything to work right.

    Shaun Gupta, May 22, 2007
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  2. I haven't seen this particular problem, but I eliminated Slideshow from my
    sidebar because it was running my CPUs at 50% or so, at idle. Simplest
    solution - don't use it...

    Sounds like she also might have problems with display drivers - they're
    still evolving so fetch new ones every week or so and see if that helps...

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, May 22, 2007
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  3. Shaun Gupta

    Shaun Gupta Guest

    Thanks - the display driver idea is a good one; might be worth
    investigating. And for the mean time, I did turn it off, but I really don't
    see "don't use it" as an acceptable solution; it just *should* work right.
    Thanks for the feedback!
    Shaun Gupta, May 22, 2007
  4. Shaun Gupta

    Shaun Gupta Guest

    Anybody have any more ideas? Thanks.

    Shaun Gupta, May 26, 2007
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