Strange taskbar behaviour (notification area)

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Falcon, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. Falcon

    Falcon Guest

    Ei system 4415 Laptop, Celeron 2.4 GHz. 248 MB of RAM, Windows XP Home
    Edition SP1.

    I'm running Trend Micro Internet Security and connection to my home network
    is via a MA111 Netgear USB adaptor. The notification area fails (no icons
    except MSN messenger icon) if I boot up with antivirus & firewall software
    running *and* the MA111 USB adaptor plugged in. The notification area works
    normally if either one is missing. I have the same problem if I run McAfee
    Security Centre (AV and firewall). If I boot up the laptop first with any AV
    running, (Trend or McAfee) then plug in the adaptor, everything works fine.
    The notification area fails (no icons except MSN messenger icon) if I boot
    up with antivirus software running *and* the MA111 USB adaptor plugged in.

    The "hide inactive icons" box is unchecked, and there doesn't seem to be any
    reference to the problem on the Microsoft website, or in the Help and
    Support section. Un-checking and rechecking boxes such as the "show icon in
    notification area when connected" in network connections has no effect; the
    icons simply refuse to appear.

    I have tried AdAware and virus scans in safe mode, and the laptop appears to
    be parasite free - and whether the notification area works or not, I connect
    to the network with no problem.

    Any ideas?

    TIA.
     
    Falcon, Aug 17, 2004
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