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By david.williams ·
I have just installed a wireless card in my PC and although it probably has nothing to do with it I find my taskbar program icons now act oddly. I used to click on them and the program appeared. Now the turn blue, flash for a while and I have to click about 3 times before I get the program up

Any help much appreciated. (Incidentally the wireless card doesnt start automatically - I have to manually do a scan with the configuration utility)

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by afish In reply to taskbar program icons beh ...

Hi David,

As you've already pointed out, the wireless card may or may not be contributing to the problem.

The first test would be to remove the wireless card (and associated software) and see if the problem goes away. -- This can be a pain, I know, but it should be your first step.

I once installed a new hard drive and a wireless card at the same time. I frequently had to reboot the PC because of crashes. This was an at least once a day occurence. I thought I had bought a bum Hard Drive, but once I pulled the wireless card from the PC, the crashes stopped, in fact it hasn't crashed like that since.

Anyway, you're probably wondering how the wireless card could have such far reaching effects - in your case, I'm assuming that the card's software makes a new icon in the system tray (near the clock) and this may be causing hte strange behavior. If so, I suggest a different brand of wireless gear.

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by softcorp.us In reply to taskbar program icons beh ...

Hello David,

I presume you're running Windows XP...

A few guesses about the cause are:

...About 3 clicks...
High CPU utilization by a runaway program makes the user interface sluggish.

...buttons turning blue...
...flashing for a while...
Slow user interface response due to high CPU usage.

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1. No process should use 100% of the CPU continuously unless there is a good reason. Check in Windows Task Manager to see if any process is using 100% of the CPU. CTRL-ALT-DEL then Processes tab.

2. Obtain and run a virus scan and spyware scan. Odd behavior like this could also because by such malware.

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