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By mburg7 ·
I work as a tech for a rather large school district which is using Windows 98 as their standard. One problem that's been encountered is after a screensaver has been on blank buttons appear on the taskbar. I've played with the startup, turning off various items, rebooting, and letting the system run with the same results. Not being very proficient in the registry yet I haven't played there. Has anybody resolved this issue as I'm sure it's in the OS itself? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.ThanX
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by twdunshie In reply to 98 Taskbar Phantom Button ...

I have expreienced this with win 98 as well. How much ram does the pc have? How long since it's last reboot? Also, consider turning off the screensaver, all it's doing is using up memory. Today's monitors do not need to be "saved" like the old one's did. The monitors used 10+ years ago, (read pre-win 95) were very basic compaired to today's. Nothing will burn into the screen if the screensaver is turned off.

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by mburg7 In reply to 98 Taskbar Phantom Button ...

Thanks for the effort, but this dosen't solve the problem. Computers in the district run a minimum of 64M RAM while mine at home has nearly 700M. The length of time since the last boot has nothing to do with it except the number of blank buttons. Turning off the screensaver is not an option and is just avoiding the problem.

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by twdunshie In reply to 98 Taskbar Phantom Button ...

I have expreienced this with win 98 as well. How much ram does the pc have? How long since it's last reboot? Also, consider turning off the screensaver, all it's doing is using up memory. Today's monitors do not need to be "saved" like the old one's did. The monitors used 10+ years ago, (read pre-win 95) were very basic compaired to today's. Nothing will burn into the screen if the screensaver is turned off.

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by SyscoKid In reply to 98 Taskbar Phantom Button ...

I researched this about a year ago and concluded that it's a "feature" of Win98. You can click on the phantom button and it goes away. I never found any way to prevent it. If there is a way, I would also like to be educated.

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by RosaH In reply to 98 Taskbar Phantom Button ...

The blank taskbar button "feature" is very well known and is believed to be associated with a combination of Open GL drivers and specific programming code detail related to closing program windows. Hence, it is most common with screen savers. Because this "feature" interacts with the desktop explorer, you can try a couple of different approaches. First, you may want to check for an updated video driver or Open GL drivers. You might also find that minimizing a window, then closing it from thetaskbar will prevent the phantom buttons (not helpful with screensavers). Also, upgrade or update Internet Explorer. This will copy over the files that control the "desktop update" and it is rumored that machines with the later versions of IE havefewer phantom buttons. There is no single answer to this one that I know of, but these things have helped me in the past. I will be checking this thread, as I too am interested in a sure fix. I hope that one of these suggestions help you with your particular circumstance.

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