Weird Start Menu problem

By chocobogo_rct
Feb 6, 2003
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    If you look at the image above i have tried to illustrate my problem, XP pro has suddenly started to get this percuiliar error!
    Every time i hover over an item on the task bar it displays the "name" of the previously hovered shortcut.
    e.g. in the picture I have hovered over NetMeeting but Windows is showing "America Online" Which is on the right.
    I have discoverd that what happens is
    e.g. If i hover over the Kazaa shortcut it will display the title of the previous shortcut i.e. AOL, then if i move to another shortbut it will display Kazaa, then if i move back to Kazaa it will show the previous title!! It also does this with the items in the bottom right! and all my desktop items!!

    It has only just suddenly started to do this today!!

    Any advice!!?
  2. RustyZip

    RustyZip TechSpot Paladin Posts: 415

    Sorry Mate, can't help you with your problem... But i'd like to know what that Winamp plug-in? proggy thingy?? is in your taskbar...

    Cheers...
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    Have you tried disabling tooltips and enabling them again? Maybe you have too many icons there ;)
  4. chocobogo_rct

    chocobogo_rct Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 108

    Its the New Windows Media Player 9, you have an option when you right click on the taskbar under Toolbars>Windows Media Player and if that is enabled, when you minimize WMP it gives u a nifty plugin thingy on the taskbar!! :)

    Um It was running with double the amount of icons, i dont think that is the problem!
    I have tried "rebuilding icons" in Tweak UI, no luck

    How do i turn off tooltips??
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,409   +281

    Maybe stupid suggestion, but have you tried unlocking the task bar, and maybe resize it then resize it back again. Have you rebooted? Sometimes wierd things like that fix themselves.
  6. chocobogo_rct

    chocobogo_rct Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 108

    yeh i've tried all that, here is another pic of my problem

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  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    I'm not sure I fully understand the problem, but try disabling tool tip fade in/out in START/Control Panel/System/Performance/Advanced

    I've seen tool tips get 'stuck' from time to time, only to be solved by a reboot.. they might be fading in improperly leaving that black stuff there.

    If this does fix/help it, then it might be worth a shot to update your video drivers to solve any alpha blending problems.
  8. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    You can always reinstall Windows!:grinthumb
  9. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    Thyat isn't a solution for anything. If it ever happened again he would be in the same boat he is now.

    I think maybe turning off the tooltips and turning them back on or maybe a reboot should fix it. If neither of those will fix it, tell me the last time it worked and anything you did since then.
  10. chocobogo_rct

    chocobogo_rct Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 108

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    I have disabled all those! but i couldnt see an option to completely disable tool tips as they are still there, just the shadowing is off.
    What i have recently installed!?

    USB 2.0 Card
    Latest Nvidia Drivers
    Opera V 7
    Windows Updates
    JDK
    WMP9
    PowerToys
    3DMark
  11. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,199

    Could very well be WMP 9. That looks like the only thing that affected the taskbar. Did you set a restore point before the install?
     
  12. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    Why not try turning WMP off completely and see if it fixes it. May need to reboot without WMP being allowed to start with Windows if you have it set to do so.
  13. chocobogo_rct

    chocobogo_rct Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 108

    I have disables WMP and it has fixed itself!!
    Very wierd!!!
    cheers for the advice
  14. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    Well, try running it without the taskbar/tray option thing. I think that may be the problem. I turned it on yesterday and my tooltips go away completely, so I turned it off and everything was normal. I'm pretty sure that is what is causing it.
  15. chocobogo_rct

    chocobogo_rct Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 108

    its back again!!
    arrggh!!
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