Taskbar DOES NOT WORK, Unclickable

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by oaoNath, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. oaoNath

    oaoNath Guest

    I have recently installed vista Bus. No problems.... then after a re-start
    the taskbar next to the start menu does not long respond, i cant click my
    quick launch, open windows, nothing at all????? has ne one had or solved this
    problem ???
     
    oaoNath, Feb 23, 2007
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  2. We've put up several posts on this so far.

    Especially after using my Logitech webcam 10, the taskbar become transparent
    and unusable. The Start button also is unusable and I have to do a hard
    reboot.

    A bug, yes. The solution, unsure.

    Dan
    Sudbury, Canada
     
    Daniel Côté, Feb 23, 2007
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  3. Same issue here, or similar.

    After a while (no pattern known yet) the taskbar is unusable. Only thing to
    do is hard reboot or CTRL-ALT-DELETE and shut down. The start button, while
    it pop up some buttons, is non-functional.

    Dunno if this is a graphics card thing or a vista thing.

    Dan
    Sudbury Canada
     
    Daniel Côté, Feb 28, 2007
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  4. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    Same problem here. I even got a new Dell with a Vista certified graphics
    card, and changed flat screens and upgraded the drivers. I've noticed that
    this only happens with the computer is docked. Same for you? Any resolution
    to this problem yet?
     
    Missoula, Mar 1, 2007
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  5. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    After hours talking with Microsoft, and after disabling one process after
    another and not finding the answer, I finally did. Sort of. I installed the
    new Tweak for Vista
    (http://www.totalidea.com/content/tweakvi/tweakvi-index.html) and enabled
    some of that program's taskbar options (fade, etc.), and Tweak seems to have
    either stabilized the taskbar, or taken control of it. Either way, my taskbar
    now works, and keeps working. I'm giving up on finding a fix other than Tweak.
     
    Missoula, Mar 3, 2007
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  6. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    Nevermind.... got up this AM, woke the 'puter up from the screensaver, and
    the taskbar was messed up. Back to seeing if it might be the keyboard, mouse
    or something else connected to the docking station. I'll report back.
     
    Missoula, Mar 4, 2007
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  7. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    After playing with the computer undocked, I found a fix... don't use the
    digital connector from the docking station to the computer. There's a slight
    degrading of images using analog, but it doesn't cause the taskbar to
    corrupt. That's my fix until someone finds out how to get to the root of the
    problem.
     
    Missoula, Mar 5, 2007
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  8. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    Never mind. That didn't do it either. Anyone find a solution?
     
    Missoula, Mar 15, 2007
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  9. oaoNath

    rebelmc Guest

    I am having exactly the same problem.

    The workaround I've found - to avoid a complete reboot - is to go to
    task manager (via ctrl-alt-delete), select and end the process
    "explorer" and then re-run it using the "new task" function.

    But it'd be great to work out why this is happening and fix it. Thanks
    for any help (please e-mail me directly if you can)

    Mike
     
    rebelmc, Mar 16, 2007
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  10. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    I've got both Microsoft and Dell working on the problem, and I've tried
    everything from clean and safe boots, to reinstalling Vista Business, to
    upgrading to Vista Ultimate. Heck, in the beginning I even thought it was a
    problem with my Dell 610, so I got a 620. I'll be sure and let you know if I
    find a fix, and of course I'd appreciate knowing if you do. I didn't see your
    e-mail address.
     
    Missoula, Mar 19, 2007
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  11. oaoNath

    cpet Guest

    Hello,
    Try and reboot with everything turned off, and see what still loads.
    SOmething is making explorer die, or freeze i would say some program
    which add's an plugin to explorer like Nero or say Symantec not fully
    compatible with Vista so explorer freezes. Kept on having issues with
    Nero and explorer, dllhost breaking upgraded to the newest and now my
    system is stable with no hick up's.

    -Chris
     
    cpet, Mar 19, 2007
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  12. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    Either Microsoft or Dell had me disable all but Microsoft stuff a couple
    times last week, to no avail. By the way, the taskbar problem began happening
    right after upgrading to Vista Business, and before I added anything except
    Office 2007.
     
    Missoula, Mar 19, 2007
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  13. oaoNath

    rebelmc Guest

    My problems started even before I installed Office2007.

    I found a microsoft support page which i think could be talking about
    the same problem:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932406/en-us

    It talk about a "hotfix" bit I have no idea how to get it. Can anybody
    help with this?

    Thanks so much

    [and my e-mail, by the way, is ]
     
    rebelmc, Mar 20, 2007
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  14. oaoNath

    Conley Guest

    I had the same sort of problem, and the hotfix solved it. What you have to
    do is contact Microsoft customer support and ask for it. They will email you
    a link to a location where the file can be downloaded. The file installs
    like any other Vista update.

     
    Conley, Mar 20, 2007
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  15. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    I told the Microsoft rep about your solution, and he found a "hotfix" that
    may or may not be the one you're talking about. So, could you please do me a
    biiiiig favor and post the exact URL to the hotfix that worked for you, or at
    least the exact name of it? Many, many thanks!!!

     
    Missoula, Mar 24, 2007
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  16. oaoNath

    Conley Guest

    I was referring to the one cited in the preceding comment.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932406/en-us

     
    Conley, Mar 24, 2007
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  17. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    Yup, that's the one the Microsoft support person gave me the link to, and
    password for, yesterday. I installed it yesterday afternoon, and as of this
    AM, my taskbar is still stable. It could be that this is, finally, the fix to
    a very frustrating problem. I've notified Dell support.


     
    Missoula, Mar 24, 2007
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  18. oaoNath

    Lucia Guest

    Pleease can someone help me i tried going to the "hotfix link" but i can't
    find the hotfix to download.. they try to sen me to the customer solution
    page but that doesn't work.. i got a brand new pc an i thought it was a pc
    problem, not a windos vista problem can someone mail me o send me the hotfixx
    please i would rally appreciate it. thanx

    Lucia.

     
    Lucia, Mar 31, 2007
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  19. oaoNath

    Guest Guest

    Read the article. You ring them. With telephone. If you are wrong anout that
    patch being suited then you pay for the call.
     
    Guest, Mar 31, 2007
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  20. oaoNath

    Missoula Guest

    You have to talk with Microsoft support to get the URL for the patch, and
    also a temporary password for it. My decaying taskbar problems ended last
    weekend when I installed the patch, and the problem hasn't returned even once
    over the past week. So, it's obviously the solution. I've talked with Dell
    support about the problem and solution, so they're aware of it and maybe they
    can help by now. But I'd sure try Microsoft first.


     
    Missoula, Apr 1, 2007
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