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By b_p2001 ·
I just inherited an AMD-K2 Actionbook laptop with Windows 98, not SE, 300Mhz, and I am unable to see the Taskbar, or Start. I looked at help and it says to Click Start, Settings, Taskbar, and uncheck the hide, however I cannot click Start. How can I get the taskbar and Start button back?
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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Taskbar Issue

What should be happening here is that the start bar is hidden and to bring it up all you need do is bring the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen and get to the start bar. However because it is mobile it is possible that it could be at the top of the screen or on one of the sides depending on who owned it previously preference.

Just drag the pointer to the bottom and if that doesn't bring anything up move to the top and then the sides the start bar should be hidden in one of those places.

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by TheChas In reply to Taskbar Issue

Have you tried hitting the Windows key?

That should bring up the taskbar.

Remember, the taskbar can be moved to any edge of the desktop.
Try all 4 sides to see if the previous user placed it on a side or the top.

If not, watch the edges of the screen closely as you move your cursor to the center of each edge.
If the cursor changes to a resize cursor, click and drag it. That should bring back a shrunken taskbar.

Another thought, would be to open msconfig and see if any taskbar manager programs run at startup.

If all else fails, Windows 98 takes fairly well to being reinstalled over itself. This usually brings back features that have been inadvertently disabled.

Chas

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Taskbar Issue

ctrl+alt+Esc is the keybd comb. for Start button.
I gotta wonder: how did you look at help?

Are you familiar with Safe Mode?
You can also try step by step confirmation to see where it is hanging and post back.

Cold boot and tap the f8 key during the black screen boot. eventually you'll get the Startup menu and you can pick Safe mode and other tshotting modes from it.

to me it sounds like you are hung. i wonder if you have any hd activity.
it could be anything on inherited laptop so i would start with most likely which imho is spyware/virus, bad or missing driver, bad hardware, software conflict.

I would start it in Safe Mode and see if I can see my taskbar then. If yes, I would check Device Manager for Yellow.

if no yellow i'd use Start/run/msconfig and post what was automatically starting up.

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by b_p2001 In reply to Taskbar Issue

I have tried all the immediate steps to recover my taskbar, check desktop, msconfig, keyboard shortcuts. I have a 600x800 view that I am unable to change. Monitor driver is S3 inc. ViRGE/MX. I re-installed and still nothing. I do not know why it disappeared Thursday. I am able to drag a document, or web page down until just the Internet Explorer and 3 buttons title bar are seen. Is it down there and I cannot get to it to move it? Do keyboard S/C work, I just cannot see the menu pop up?

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by master3bs In reply to Taskbar Issue

Actually Ctr-Esc will bring up the menu.

It is interesting that you said you can't change screen resolution. Is the screen size somehow preventing the taskbar to display properly?

Check the device manager (quickest way is to right-click My Computer and go to properties; then device manager tab.) Be sure you have the proper drivers installed for your video card and your monitor.

You should also be able to get to your taskbar properties from the Control Panel.

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by rickrbyrne In reply to Taskbar Issue

Hi,

Well the only thing that is left to do is reformat, that will fix the problem for sure. Well it should.

Rick

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