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hard drive activity/missing sound icon in systray

Q: hard drive activity/missing sound icon in systray

During periods of inactivity i've noticed that my hard drive light gets going and I can hear some activity... I've noticed that every now and then while i'm browsing around, sometimes the focus gets taken off of my browser and I have to reclick the browser to put it back as the active window... One last thing is that whenever I reboot, my sound icon does not appear anymore in my system tray and I have to manually add it back through the control panel (it is supposed to be there by default, according to settings)

I've run both Spybot and MBAM as well as AVG to no avail they all did not find anything, so i'm wondering if i have anything suspicious...
Running WinXP SP3

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A: hard drive activity/missing sound icon in systray

I haven't gotten a reply , can anyone please help me with this?

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I have mIRC set to minimize to the systray (notification area) and on occassion the icon disappears. It has nothing to do with hiding inactive icons or anything like that, looked into that.

I thought maybe I could kill the systray process and restart it, although I don't know the name of the task. Any ideas?

mIRC is still running, it's in the process list, and I can see myself if I join the channel on my other computer.

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Like the title says.

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

Core i7-980X @ 5 GHz & Corsair H50 Watercooler
6GB DDR3 1800 ram
2 x GTX480 EVGA SLi
Corsair 1000w PSU
EVGA X58 Mobo

A:Missing My Network Icon In The SysTray


Right click on the task bar and select properties.

Select Customize next to Notification Area.

Select Turn System Icons on and off

Use the pull down menu next to Network to turn it on.

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I recently installed a new Logitech G930 headset on my Win 7 x64 system. It has had problems from the beginning. The problem is the Sound Control will not open when you try to. It is definitely related to the G930 software as if I uninstall it everything is back to normal. At times it may take many minutes and eventually open up . Leads me to indicate it is trying to open, but it is hung up. I may open a webpage or something and then it will open. Seem to be a hangup issue.

What I have done-

Installed the software 3 different times. Same result each time
Clean boot- Same result.

I have been around the block on this one with Logitech support. No success. I really don't want to return these, but if this continues I will have to.

Does anyone have any pointers?

A:Sound Icon in Systray will not open Sound Dialog

Hello SJMaye,

You might see if this Sound shortcut may be able to work as a workaround until a solution is found for your issue.

Sound Shortcuts - Create

Hope this helps,

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This icon for changing resolutions on the fly, has disappeared from sys tray after I had formatted the hard drive and done a clean reinstall of Win 98SE. Any ideas please?

A:{SOLVED} Resolution Icon missing in systray

right click on desktop, properties, advanced, settings, look through the tabs for a check box to enable systray icon for your vid card.

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I turned on my Dell Laptop running W7 today and the "2 tv's and globe" icon showing that you are connected to the Internet is missing from the systray. Thankfully I'm connected to the Internet, however it is very annoying and mystifying that this icon has just disappeared. I've gone into the taskbar properties and done the customiise option, but the icon does not appear on that list either so I don't have an option to 'show' it permamently etc. I've also tried a few System Restore points and that hasn't made any difference either.
Despite trying to Goggle a solution for several hours, I've not gotten anywhere. I'm now turning to the experts here to see if anyone on this Forum can suggest a solution to this niggly little problem? Hopefully someone has come across this already and has sorted it out?
Many thanks for any help or suggestions.

A:Internet connection icon missing from systray

Hello Toppers and welcome to the forum.

Your description of the missing network icon sounds like your running Vista not 7.

Plese post a screen shot of your desktop. And did you check to make sure it isn't just hidden. Press the arrow by the tray and make sure its not under there.

Let us know.

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In my case the missing icons only occur after a windows explorer crash. There are some that come back but not all. The startup delay or boot vis solutions do nothing for this type. 12 Ghost Tray protector works, and other shareware programs which 'memorize' and restore missing systray icons (and alot of other bells and whistles I don't need). I can
log off and back on, but if I'm uploading or downloading or something else I don't want to start over. Is there a FREEWARE (not demo, shareware or free to try) program that can
restore all missing icons after a windows explorer crash. No I don't want to stop and start
all the tasks and I'd prefer not to log off and back on. As I said startup delay programs do
nothing for this. Any registry tweak or like fix would be appreciated. paj692

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I have lost my sound icon in the systray and it doesn't come back when I reboot.

A:Lost Sound Icon in SysTray

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I changed from Win XP to Win 7 and, overall, I think it's a much better system. However, one problem I had is that my old sound card, a Sound Blaster Live!, was not recognized by it. So I had to change to a Sound Blaster X-Fi.

But ever since I changed it I have these annoying hiccups whenever I'm listening to audio and doing something else with the computer, like installing a software, surfing the internet or anything that requires some HD activity.

For instance, if a Youtube video is buffering and I press Play before it finishes, I get the hiccups. Once the whole thing is complete I can listen to it with no problem.

Playing games I usually don't have any problem, probably because there's no other activity going on besides the game itself.

My specs:

Win 7 Professional 32bits
Intel Core Duo 1.6Ghz
2 GB of RAM
12GB of free HD space
3070 of Virtual Memory allocated
Background softwares: Avast 5, MalwareBytes and TuneUp 2010.

Any help will be immensely appreciated, I don't know what to do anymore.

A:Sound hiccups during hard drive activity

Did you fully uninstall the old sound driver completely.........is that PC compatible for W7?

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Having used Desktop computers for many years, I was surprised to see that my new Dell Desktop did not include a Hard Drive Activity light. Hard Drive activity is a good indicator when booting, trouble shooting and communicating with on-line Support Assistants. Is there a way to add this light?  Does the motherboard have an output terminal? I know that Dell is sheepish about their users messing with the hardware but I'm asking the question anyway. In my opinion I'd like to know the back story behind the decision to drop the hard drive activity light. Thank You. 

A:Dell XPS 8910 - Hard Drive Activity Light - Missing

Hello!  there isn't a way to add the light.  As for any back story it was probably a design choice.  There are a lot of computers that omit the light now days.  

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I have a P8Z77-V LK with two hot-swap bays. After a fresh install on this new system about 8 months ago I set BIOS to allow hot-swap of these two bays. Everything worked fine for a few months then I had the bright idea that, when prompted by Intel's Rapid Storage Technology to update, I would remove this utility simply to see if it was of any worth keeping. After this I noted I no longer see the manager icon in the systray for these bays but it does still pop up and work for any USB drives which are connected. As a test I did reinstall Intel RST but the swapping function remains broken for the bays.

I checked BIOS and all setting still seem to be correct; AHCI enabled along with hot-swapping for these drive bays. Is there a simple fix for this as I found the Win7 utility to be full adequate or should I simply opt for one of the available free utilities (HotSwap, etc.)?

Can also add that I do use dual-boot with the other bootable partition basically cloned and that one, not having ever removed Intel RST, still recognizes the removable bays as hot-swappable.

Any insight appreciated.

A:Hardware removal icon missing from systray after Intel RST removed.

It could be that IRST disables the redundant Windows services.

As a first step you could try running Windows System File Checker:
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker

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Hello there,

A couple of days ago, something rather curious happened to my laptop (running Windows XP Pro). For no discernable reason, an error message is displayed after startup, saying "this application failed to initialise properly 0xc0000005". The application it is referring to is L-Express, a bilingual dictionary application. I have used this application daily for about 6 months with no problems until now.

Also, my Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection failed to work.

I did a system restore several times to earlier dates. This enabled me to connect to the Internet as per normal, but the Intel Wireless icon is no longer present in the systray, and nor can the wireless application programme be launched from the Start menu. The L-Express (and related Lexibase) application still refuses to launch.

I have run two antivirus checks (AVG and Avast) and some antispyware checks (MS Defender, Spybot S+D and AdAware SE).

Unless anyone more knowledgeable than myself has an idea how to fix this, I shall have to resign myself to a full C: format and Windows reinstallation, which doesn't sound like a lot of fun.

If it is relevant, below is a HijackThis report:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 11:12:03, on 01/06/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16441)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.ex... Read more

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After a recent power outage, when I booted my computer up again (HP Pavilion 750n), there was no sound and the speaker icon did not appear in the systray like it usually does. I tried to troubleshoot with my limited computer abilities by looking the the Sounds and Audio Devices>Hardware>Properties. The only thing that it said wasn't working properly was the Intel® 82801 BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller. The message was "This device cannot start (Code 10)".

I don't have any disks for this computer (running Windows XP as an OS). When I called the local computer tech and explained this, he said that I was lucky if that was all that was wrong and he refused to help me because my computer was so old. He doubted that he could get a replacement board or card of it had become fried. I wanted to know if this is more likely a driver or a sound card problem, what can I do about it (if anything) and could the power outage have caused it? Looking on the internet most suggestion for this problem is to re-install the driver or do a system restore. I don't have any disks for my computer since I bought is as a used tower. If it is a driver or hardware problem, would doing a system restore help?

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I'm new to this forum, and was wondering whether anyone could help with an annoying problem that's just recently started.

I recently installed (on my P4 3GHz machine running WinXP SP2) a LogiTech wireless keyboard and mouse combo (MX3200). It seems to be working fine, but I've noticed that ever since I installed the additional software that came with it (for the enhanced features), I've had problems with the speaker icon not loading in the sys tray at startup.

I uninstalled the LogiTech software, and rechecked the settings in the SOUNDS AND AUDIO DEVICES folder in the control panel, but it still doesn't want to load the speaker icon at startup.

I noticed that when I installed the LogiTech software, it seemed to reset the settings for my computer audio (WinXP reset my computer audio to NONE INSTALLED). I checked what I believed to be the correct setting when re-choosing the audio device, but ever since then, the speaker icon does not load in the sys tray. If I go in and MANUALLY reselect it to "APPEAR IN THE SYSTEM TRAY," it will appear, but once I shut down and boot up again, the same problem happens.

What could be the problem?

Thanks in advance for anyone's help.

A:Question/Problem with Sound Icon not loading in SysTray at Startup

Try this regedit. Go to kellys-korner
Scroll down to line #30 Windows XP Doesn't Save User Settings.
Instructions to run the regedits at the top of the web page.

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I dunno where the "release me" icon went! Had this happen once before and had to do a clean re-install. I went to a restore point and got it back but only temporarily. It went away again. This might be related to recent patches from M$. Anyone know how to get it back? (I really need this because I OFTEN hook external drives to this computer to back them up and scan for viruses. Having to shut down each time is not practical.)

A:Lost my removeable drive icon in the systray

I have to admit that I never use it to release a USB storage device, and have never yet had a problem.

All it does is ensure that the "buffer is flushed" and that means all files are written, not still waiting to be written. Unless you were disconnecting almost immediately, or while the PC was still very busy it is unlikely to be a problem in XP, in my view?

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I don't understand what has happened. You know when you click on "my computer" and it shows you all your partitions, with a little icon next to it...well, my main data partition's icon is missing and replaced by that windows "icon" that you get when a computer sees an unrecognized file. its hard to explain.

My data on this partition is readable....runs fine. I have posted a cropped screen grab to show what it looks like. The one in question is Data D: and it used to look just like the others. "D" and "E" are both located on the same physical hard disk.

How can I change that icon?

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The icon for my c: drive is missing and the icon is a white paper icon with 6 symbols on it. The C drive still opens its just annoying. Thanks

A:Hard Drive Icon Missing

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I am running Windows XP SP3.I tried to install Universal Netboot Installer(UNetBootin) so I can run Linux too.The installation of Unbuntu linux failed and I had to uninstall UNetBootin too.But after that my hard disk drive icon is missing:Only C: drive icon is missing. This is where linux files were copied and later deleted.How can I recover it back?Thank you for your help in advance

A:Missing Usual Hard Disk Drive Icon;cd=1&gl=usI might also run a manufacturer's diagnostic on the C: drive, just to be safe.Louis

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I am in desperate need of some technical help. I have a Hp Pavillion desktop with a service pack 2 windows xp operating system My little sister's hard drive on her computer crashed so I replaced it with a new one. Before the crash, I had set up a wireless network with a linksys router just fine and the internet worked perfectly on that computer. However, after replacing the hard drive with the new one and rebooting the system, I proceeded to try to reconnect to the internet; however, the "wireless connection" icon is missing from the network connections place. I have already gone in to the wireless configuration zero and it says it is started (and I have restarted it) I am so frustrated and my mom threw away the installation cd for the router so i can not re set up the internet...

Any suggestions please My 11 year old sister and my mother and most definitely me would be greatly appreciated

A:Missing Wireless Internet Connection Icon After Replacing Hard Drive--Please help!

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Hi, first of I love your website here and everybody is so helpful (I posted here about a year back and I got help right away )

Anyways, I've been having this problem where my sound icon won't appear in the system tray. When this happens I can't adjust the sound using the buttons on my laptop either. I can usually fix this problem by doing a system restore to a week or two ago, but it seems like everytime I restart my computer I get this problem again (I usually just put my computer on standby). I wasn't having this problem for a while because I never turned off my computer (standby ) but I just got a random BSOD while watching a youtube video and when I restarted my computer the same problem occured (no sound icon in system tray and I can't adjust sound with buttons on laptop). I've tried many different things, from simple stuff like going into the control panel and checking "show sound icon in tray" to stuff like editing the registry (I tried googling how to fix this problem). Well I've had this problem for about half a year, and I'm officially sick of it . If any of you know how to fix this I would GREATLY appreciate it! Thanks in advance!

A:Sound icon missing & sound buttons not working

Hi -
Can you still access the sound area and volume controls via Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Volume control
and adjust those slide controls -

Thank You -

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I have a Hitachi 100Gb 2.5" HD running inside my laptop.

I also have an M-Audio Transit USB sound card. I have used this soundcard with this laptop and HD for several years now with no problems.

However, over the last few days I have noticed that the sound playback is regularly interrupted by hard disk activity. Whenever the HD light flickers the sound playback is interrupted - it either mutes or more usually stutters or stalls. This means that the sound card is now practically unusable.

I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the latest drivers, but to no avail.

Can anyone help in any way please? Thank you.

A:Hard disk activity interrupting sound card playback - please help!

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sys win98se
m/b amd k7 athlon Box also says Aopen


There is no sound (except sys beep) working on my computer. Sound icon is missing. Looked at sound help links. In bios there is no place that i can see to be sure enable is on. I see no place in all the setup area where sound is listed or anything like that.

In deleting sound card, (getting exclamation pt), says PCI multimedia device found - and then i try to load drivers, but i don't know what sound card i have. I've tried lots of different drivers. But i feel that the sound icon missing is causing the underlying problems.

(I just started using this system after not using for a few years.) Last time I used it, somehow I got the sound to work.

Some have suggested is AMD problem, but when i go to that site, it offers 3 categories of m/b's.
AMD Athlon 64™ Processor
AMD Opteron™ Processor
AMD Athlon™ XP, AMD Athlon™ & AMD Duron™ Processors

I chose the last one (?) and downloaded the one that checks drivers, and on running, it says, failed to find any components.

On Accessories/sys tool/sys info/components:
PCI Multimedia Audio Device
This Device Has a Problem: Code=28 (0x1C)
The drivers for this device are not installed correctly. To install the driver for this device, click the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver.

Any help you can give me to get sound working is appreciated.

Thanks, ganaan

A:Sound icon missing/no sound w98se

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It's just an annoyance. I don't need it, not on a LAN, and I'd like to be able to get rid of it...thanks!

I have windows xp pro

A:How do I get rid of the LAN icon in systray?

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When I got my mp3 player the instructions said do not unhook it until you click on the icon in the system tray to safely remove it or you could wipe the mp3 player drive. For several weeks I had no problem but now the icon is gone. Any Ideas?

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I found this icon in my systray this evening when rebooting after installing Flash updates for both Firefox and IE. After my HDD settled down, it vanished, and it didn't show up in my Customization area, or anywhere else. Device Manager doesn't show any new devices. My PC seems to work fine.

Does anyone know what this indicates, besides something that's temporarily not working?

A:New and odd systray icon

Put your mouse on it to see if it reveals what it is, if not click or right click on it to see what it offers as these are made to be clickable. It looks like either a brightness control or connection manager with the waves coming off it. I've not seen that one before.

Meanwhile scour your Control Panel>Programs for anything you don't want and didn't install. If you order it by date it may be immediately obvious so you can uninstall it.

Next download, install, decline trial, update and run full Malwarebytes and SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloads

Report back all steps' findings.

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Hi all

I am using windows XP.When i install some software application then after the completion of the installation ,i am able to see the application icon on the system tray bar.When i quit the application then it quits.But problem is that when next time i restart the application from the start menu then its not appearing in the systray bar.Clicking on 20 times on that application then its coming in the systray bar.Sometimes middle of my working that icon is disappearing from the systray bar.Only the icon starts during the installation.After Quit its not able to start.What should be teh solution for this?

A:Systray Icon

Hello and Welcome to TSF,

cmd (press ok)
type in command prompt: chkdsk /r (press enter)
go ahead and reboot pc so it will run, see if this will fix the problem.

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Hello and thanks in advance for answering.

I am curious about something. My hard drive is being really active for about 30 minutes or so before going into power-save mode. Is this normal? I mean it's completely active the whole time. It's a bit worrying. Should there be 30 minutes of activity before it powers-down for the power save?


-Windows Vista Home Basic, Service Pack 1, 32-bit
-RAM: Patriot 2048MB PC5400 DDR2 667MHz
-Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB Serial ATA HD 7200/16MB/SATA-3G
-Ultra LSP750 750w Power Supply
-AMD Phenom X4 9550 4MB 95W Socket AM2+ CPU
-XFX nForce 750a SLI Socket AM2+ Motherboard
-XFX GeForce 9800 GT 512MB PCIe w/Dual Link DVI

A:Hard Drive Activity?

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I am currently running Windows 7 Home Premium on an Asus Notebook, recently I've been having a lot of hard drive activity, shown to me by a light on my laptop, which has caused my laptop to run extremely slow and not even open some applications, I'm also not able to uninstall some programs from the control panel. I must force it to start up in safe mode with networking to get it to work. The last application I had downloaded was an update that came up in the bottom right of the screen that seemed to be official although I had also been running a version of lime-wire and frost-wire previously. I've defragged several times it says I have 88% of unused hard drive space, deleted all unneeded programs, and have ran: TrendMicro Housecall, MalewareBytes, Avast antivirus, and Norton Virus scans and all of them have come back with nothing but small tracking cookies. I've deleted all user accounts and created a new one so formatting will not be a problem if necessary but my laptop was preloaded with windows 7 so I do not have a boot disk.

Thank you for your time and help,

A:A lot of hard drive activity, please help

Hello, what was this for.. "The last application I had downloaded was an update"Let's just try an Online scan.Please perform a scan with Eset Online Antiivirus Scanner.This scan requires Internet Explorer,Opera or Firefox to work. Vista/Windows 7 users need to run Internet Explorer as Administrator.To do this, right-click on the IE icon in the Start Menu or Quick Launch Bar on the Taskbar and select Run As Administrator from the context menu.Click the green button.Read the End User License Agreement and check the box: Check .Click the button.Accept any security warnings from your browser.Check Check Remove found threats and Scan potentially unwanted applications. (If given the option, choose "Quarantine" instead of delete.)Click the Start button.ESET will then download updates for itself, install itself, and begin scanning your computer.If offered the option to get information or buy software at any point, just close the window.The scan will take a while so be patient and do NOT use the computer while the scan is running. Keep all other programs and windows closed.When the scan completes, push Push , and save the file to your desktop as ESETScan.txt. Push the button, then Finish.Copy and paste the contents of ESETScan.txt in your next reply.Note: A log.txt file will also be created and automatically saved in the C:\Program Files\EsetOnlineScanner\ folder.If you did not save the ESETScan log, click > Run..., then type or copy and... Read more

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I recently discovered that one of my drives has been at 100% activity with no data being read or written. This particular drive is used for virtual instruments and samples for music. I've never had issues before, but I found it odd that loading projects took an insane amount of time to load, which lead me to check the disk usage of this particular drive.

Current response time spikes into the tens of thousands. Again, nothing is being written or read. If I open the drive, I can see all my files, but the drive never seems to stop "searching". I've attatched a picture below:

Any suggestions?

A:Hard-drive at 100% with no activity

That is really weird IMHO! You can try the following suggestions:

Right click your drive from explorer and untick the box shown below. Note that this invokes an unindexing process that will take some time to complete:

You can also go to Control Panel> Indexing Options> and turn off the Indexing Service if the above does not help:

Hope this helps to resolve your issue. Good luck and let us know.


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I am currently running Windows 7 Home Premium on an Asus Notebook, recently I've been having a lot of hard drive activity, shown to me by a light on my laptop, which has caused my laptop to run extremely slow and not even open some applications, I'm also not able to uninstall some programs from the control panel. I must force it to start up in safe mode with networking to get it to work. The last application I had downloaded was an update that came up in the bottom right of the screen that seemed to be official although I had also been running a version of lime-wire and frost-wire previously. I've defragged several times, deleted all possible, unneeded programs, and have ran: TrendMicro Housecall, MalewareBytes, Avast antivirus, and Norton Virus scans and all of them have come back with nothing but small tracking cookies. I've deleted all user accounts and created a new one so formatting will not be a problem if necessary but my laptop was preloaded with windows 7 so I do not have a boot disk.

Thank you for your time and help,

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Ok I recently Installed everything fresh and a posibility of a virus or spyware is minimal, I have Kaspersky installed and a few applications I need, such as clone dvd, any dvd, Nero, Office 2007, all drivers and a few more small programs.

I have Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit and I'm concerned my Hard drive is always on activity, I can hear it spinning and the led is blinking all the time.

What could be the causes of this? if it's a software program reding/writing on HDD, how can I spot it? Thanks!

A:Always Activity on Hard Drive, Why?

Likely Vista Defrag
It's running as a task in the background

By the way, you can turn off many not required startups with this tool: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

Kaspersky is also high on resource so there's nothing you can do about that except replace it (I use free Avira Antivirus)

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i performed a clean install of windows 7 rc but
my hard drive is busy when i don't use my computer and I
see that the light indicating that the hd is busy is blinking for couple of hours.
also my cpu usage is higher than xp and it makes my laptop's cpu very hot.
windows 7 makes my laptop very noisy.
please help me.

A:Hard drive activity

Was this a clean install or an upgrade?

Please fill out your system specs as well please.

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The hard drive light on my laptop is showing continuous activity and is not going out,even if the computer is left idle.

How can I find out what is happening?

A:Hard drive activity

The drive where the OS is installed will never really go to sleep unless you kill all processes which would cause windows to crash. Open task manager and take note of all background processes and windows processes which will read/write to your drive as needed.

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I have a new HP G61 laptop with Windows 7. Regularly when I switch on, the egg-timer icon appears on screen and it is not possible to access any programme. This can last for anything up to 15 minutes. During this time, the hard drive light is on continuously. Once the light goes off, the laptop functions normally. I have deliberatley kept the software on the laptop to a minimum. Mostly MS Office, Skype, Internet Explorer and Norton Anti-virus.

I suspect that there is some software running in the background. Is there any way that I can find out what is running? Thanks

A:Hard Drive Activity

Hi, worth keeping an eye on this, 15 mins is excessive, however this behavior is due to prefetch (superfetch) where your most recent used programs are arranged so they open faster, if you like your computer is learning how you use it and responding. This activity should settle down shortly. I would advise that you also look to get rid of Norton another well known resource hog, and the cause of Blue screen problems, use Microsoft security essentials, it is free from MS.

You can use the "task manager tool" to see what activity there is (set it to "always on top"). Programs that start with the computer can be controlled through "Msconfig" startup tab. You can safely disable ALL startup programs (uncheck the boxes) and windows will still boot, however it is best to have your AV running.. so have a play and if the situation does not improve post back there is more that can be done.

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I have the "Hide Inactive Icons" selected for the systray. The other day I used Windows Media Player. Ever since then the speaker icon is displayed - there are only 3 icons in my systray. Why is the speaker the only one showing now and how can I hide it again?

A:Speaker Icon in Systray

Control panel>sound and audio devices.
Untick - Place volumne icon in the taskbar.

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My pc is set to "large icons" on my desk top.

I have several icons dragged down onto the tool tray.

The icons are very small. (Tool bar very narrow)

Can the tray size (tool bar size) be made larger so the icons
are also larger?


A:Systray icon size

Right click an empty space on the Taskbar (that's where the icons are). Choose Toolbars. Check Quick Launch. Uncheck "Lock the Taskbar." Right click on the little space just to the right of the Start button (the two pointed arrow tells you you're there). View>Large Icons. Re-lock the taskbar if all is OK.

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I am not sure if this is an infection of some sort, but I thought I give it a try here first.

Firstly, back in 2004, I had purchased a HP PhotoSmart 8450 printer, which I installed on computer 1, see below for computer 1 specs, and everything was working great. However, I had to move to a medical center back in 2008, which led me to pack everything up in boxes. By the summer of 2009 I came back home and reconnected only my 2 computer with no printer installed. At first, I had no problems except for in the past month, all of the sudden the HP icon in the systray continues to flash on for 10 seconds and then disappears for 1 second and then reappears and does the same process over and over again. I would usually think it might be doing this because the printer is not installed. However, the strange part, which to me acts like a virus, are for the following reasons

1. Did not have this problem when I reconnected my computers last summer, and it only has started last month.

2.At first, I thought the flashing icon wasn't that important, however, just until last night I could not run any of my animations in Maya without the animation being real choppy. (for those of you who don't know what Maya is, it is a 3D modeling and animation program for doing 3d games and video.)

3. there is no warning about my printer being disconnected. Normally, this icon should pop-up a bubble message stating that the printer is disconnected.

4. If I try to hover over the icon, the flashin... Read more

A:Flashing icon in the systray

Ok, about 7 hours later after I had posted my problem, I just received a virtual memory too low warning, but no applications where running. In addition, I went to the task manager->processing tab, and it reported the largest memory process used was AVG at 13,144KB, which is very little. i then went to the performance tab to see what my available memory was averaging at, which is about 410MB. I do not understand why I am getting virtual memory warnings when Windows Task manager appears to show very little activity and memory usage.

Am I getting a false/positive report. I really think I need to upload a Hijackthis Log in here, but I will still wait for one of you techs to help out, that is if you could reply back soon

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After a couple of days of Windows Defender intermittently warning that there were threats to my system and clicking the button to remove them I have now have an icon that appeared in my systray last evening. I downloaded and ran Spybot S&D and found nothing. I then unplugged the internet connection until I can get help.
Mousing over the icon, right or left clicking it all produce no results whatsoever. The icon has a bluish triangle like field above, a light brown and dark brown field below, surrounded by what appear to be some whitish dots. It is very non-descript. I looked at the startup tab from msconfig, can't really tell what should be there and what shouldn't. Unfortunately my system restore function was turned off -- don't know how that happened.
I have a Toshiba Satellite running Vista Home. My Windows Defender icon has also disappeared.

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Please identify the icon in the systray.


A:Please Identify Icon in Systray

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Can you right click on it & see if there is any info?
Looks like a warning sign & a meter of some kind.

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I have a Windows Messenger icon in my Systray with a red circle with an X in it. When I drag my mouse over it it says I'm not signed in. I don't know why this icon suddenly started appearing in the Systray, but Windows Messenger is something I don't use and I'd like it to stop appearing in the systray. How to?

A:Deleting Systray Icon

How do I disable Windows Messenger in Windows XP?

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I recently upgraded to Quicktime 5.0.2 on a Windows 2000 Professional PC. After installing it, it creates a little icon in the system tray. I got the "configsys" file to eliminate items on startup and eliminated that file (qttask.exe). So, the next time I booted up, the icon didn't appear...yeah! However, the next time I booted up, the icon was back! Somehow it recovered itself. I have tried this three times now, and each time I boot the second time, it is back. Any ideas how to remove that system tray icon for good??? (Besides deleting Quicktime?)

A:Can't get rid of Quicktime systray icon!

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I don't seem to have a connection icon in my systray. Seems like I used to have one but don't remember how long it's been gone. I'm running Win 98 and have a dial-up modem with a router connecting two computers. Can anyone tell me how to get a connection icon in the systray or if there is some other way to determine what my actual connection speed is?

A:Connection icon in systray


Try this:

Doubleclick My Computer, doubleclick DialUp Networking, rightclick your connection, and choose 'properties'.
In the 'Connect using' section click 'Configure'.
Click on the 'options' tab, and check 'Display Modem Status' in the 'Status Control' section.

There are lots of third party apps however.

Take a look here for some pointers: Bandwidth Monitors

Good luck,

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For a very long time, my systray icons were top-justified, like this:

I recently installed Symantec Endpoint Protection, and of all the weird things to have as a side effect, it (or something else that coincidentally happened at the same time) center justified my systray:

Is there a way to tweak that? I know it's a trivial matter, but I don't like the centering.

A:Systray icon justification?

Can you move the taskbar back to normal size, then resize it. That may reset it, or try dragging the icons up. What happened at the same time?

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Is there some way of reducing the number of icons in my SysTray without affecting the respective programs? I have 16 and I know that's way too many and may account, in part, for the sluggish performance of my computer. My OS is XP Pro.

A:SysTray Icon Removal?

to have them in the systray in the first place isn't good, whatever in the systray is currently running. so either way, have them there or not is still already consumed your resources.
do a start - run - msconfig and check the startup tabs
also check the programs that is loading and have it disabled startup with windows.

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Recently reformatted Windows XP Pro. Since then when i login to skype (build 41.0.179) the systray icon disappears although Skype is running in Task Manager.

Hijackthis report attached.

Thanks for any help!

A:Skype. Systray icon.

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New minor problem... There is no volume icon displayed in my systray. There used to be one there. When I open Sounds and Audio Devices on the Control Panel and check the "Place volume icon in the taskbar" I get a window that says:

"Windows cannot display the volume control on the taskbar because the Volume Control Program has not been installed. To install it, use Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel." Where is the setup file. Is it a windows program or perhaps a Dell utility?

XP Home SP2 on a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop.

Again, any words of wisdom are much appreciated.


A:Solved: systray icon

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