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XP Taskbar is 'shivering' all the time?


sinewave

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Bought a refurb DELL D630 and whilst doing the usual updates I noticed the taskbar was shivering a bit like a TV picture does when showing signs of inteference?

It does it all the time even when the laptop is just idle although the rest of the screen is fine?

Any ideas??

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johndrew

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Is the Taskbar 'locked' when this happens? Right click on an empty area of the Taskbar and if it is 'unlocked' set it to 'locked'.

If this fails let us know.

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sinewave

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Hi John,

Thanks for replying!

Yes the taskbar is already locked. Have tried unlocking it and re-locking it but it makes no difference??

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amonra

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Does it do it when on battery only ? Sometimes a faulty power-unit can give that effect.

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buteman

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sinewave

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Yes it does it when on battery and mains power.

It does seem to be related to disc activity I feel?

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johndrew

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I have never seen this problem, but a search has revealed similar problems associated with bad connections between the motherboard and screen and between hardware and the motherboard; this seems to link in with your comment that it "seems to be related to disc activity".

I would suggest two options:

  1. If you bought it recently and it is under warranty, take it back.
  2. If it's out of warranty, check all connections, especially those of the HDD.
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spuds

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A interesting point about "related to disc activity", but at the same time you mention that "it does it all the time".

Because on occasions I have a similar problem, which seems to indicate a conflict within the program I am using. Normally this comes about, while I am listening to a cd, and at the same time using the computer. As its only occasional, I haven't really bothered about finding a solution.

The other problem, could be something more sinister of a failing part, so it might pay to see if the 'shivering' expands.

Possibly nothing to do with your problem, but just a thought?.

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