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By diskfailure ·
I have a Win95 Machine that a user has set a background .bmp on the desktop by right clicking on it. Now the display properties can no longer be accessed from the control panel or from a right click on the desktop. I cannot find any software associated with this image to uninstall. I have also removed the image with regedit. Even with a new background image I still have no way of getting to the display properties, not even in safe mode. When I right click on the desktop then left click on properties, all I get is a quick flash of the hourglass, then it changes back to the pointer. Same results from control panel. What gives?

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by spiceman In reply to No display properties

Difficult problem for exact solution so try 1 solution at a time until works like:
1) try uninstalling the driver by selecting VGA mode and re-installing the original driver again. Delete the original driver first after changing to VGA.

2. Select Windows default desktop again

3. Run virus check and windows update so you have latest bug fixes from Microsoft.

4. Find out if you can duplicate problem on another win95 machine! If you can then you need to get rid of file completely.

5. If all else fails do a re-install of Win95 and choose upgrade option

There are other tries if above fail.

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by diskfailure In reply to No display properties

Web shots was the problem. A reinstall of the O/S correct the damaged files.

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by earnest In reply to No display properties

It sounds as if you have a program running that is replacing your desktop. Look at your system.ini and it should look something close to the following:
[boot]
oemfonts.fon=vgaoem.fon
shell=Explorer.exe
system.drv=system.drv
drivers=mmsystem.dllpower.drv
user.exe=user.exe
gdi.exe=gdi.exe
sound.drv=mmsound.drv
dibeng.drv=dibeng.dll
comm.drv=comm.drv
mouse.drv=mouse.drv
keyboard.drv=keyboard.drv
*DisplayFallback=0
fonts.fon=vgasys.fon
fixedfon.fon=vgafix.fon
386Grabber=vgafull.3gr
display.drv=pnpdrvr.drv
SCRNSAVE.EXE=C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\UNDERW~2.SCR
Also check your win.ini to see that nothing is set to load or run in the first couple of line that you do not know what is. Check msconfig and your startup group to see if any desktop program like webshots or something is running and replacing the existing desktop with its own. If so delete the program, rem the statement in win/system.ini. It may be hiding in the registry. Search for desktop etc. to try to locate.
Good luck,
Bo

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by diskfailure In reply to No display properties

It was web shots, I had to do a complete system restore.

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by earnest In reply to No display properties

It sounds as if you have a program running that is replacing your desktop. Look at your system.ini and it should look something close to the following:
[boot]
oemfonts.fon=vgaoem.fon
shell=Explorer.exe
system.drv=system.drv
drivers=mmsystem.dllpower.drv
user.exe=user.exe
gdi.exe=gdi.exe
sound.drv=mmsound.drv
dibeng.drv=dibeng.dll
comm.drv=comm.drv
mouse.drv=mouse.drv
keyboard.drv=keyboard.drv
*DisplayFallback=0
fonts.fon=vgasys.fon
fixedfon.fon=vgafix.fon
386Grabber=vgafull.3gr
display.drv=pnpdrvr.drv
SCRNSAVE.EXE=C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\UNDERW~2.SCR
Also check your win.ini to see that nothing is set to load or run in the first couple of line that you do not know what is. Check msconfig and your startup group to see if any desktop program like webshots or something is running and replacing the existing desktop with its own. If so delete the program, rem the statement in win/system.ini. It may be hiding in the registry. Search for desktop etc. to try to locate.
Good luck,
Bo

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by earnest In reply to No display properties

It sounds as if you have a program running that is replacing your desktop. Look at your system.ini and it should look something close to the following:
[boot]
oemfonts.fon=vgaoem.fon
shell=Explorer.exe
system.drv=system.drv
drivers=mmsystem.dllpower.drv
user.exe=user.exe
gdi.exe=gdi.exe
sound.drv=mmsound.drv
dibeng.drv=dibeng.dll
comm.drv=comm.drv
mouse.drv=mouse.drv
keyboard.drv=keyboard.drv
*DisplayFallback=0
fonts.fon=vgasys.fon
fixedfon.fon=vgafix.fon
386Grabber=vgafull.3gr
display.drv=pnpdrvr.drv
SCRNSAVE.EXE=C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\UNDERW~2.SCR
Also check your win.ini to see that nothing is set to load or run in the first couple of line that you do not know what is. Check msconfig and your startup group to see if any desktop program like webshots or something is running and replacing the existing desktop with its own. If so delete the program, rem the statement in win/system.ini. It may be hiding in the registry. Search for desktop etc. to try to locate.
Good luck,
Bo

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by OTL In reply to No display properties

I agree with answer #1 and 2 running the virus check and scandisk will take care of most hardware and software problems. Checking the win.ini file will verify settings are not out of wack.

However you can go to control panel system and delete themonitor entries, reboot and windows will reload all drivers when you select the correct monitor.

Does sound like a bug or password protection has been set on the monitor properties, or a windows bug that wanted to keep that setting.

Good Luck!

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