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#1 LouHatesComputers

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 11:03 PM

Hello, first time post here. Ok, my machine is using Vista (sorry, I have no idea what "version" it is) BTW, I am terrible with computers. My problem: lately, every other day or two, I will wake up my computer from sleep mode ( I heard that turning it off and on kills a computer over time ) and I get the desktop wallpaper/background picture but no icons. Pressing escape, or the windows button, or right-clicking to make a new folder, document,etc. doesn't help get me into Windows Vista, nor does it restore the desktop icons. This forces me to turn my computer off and on again, which is slow computer death. :huh: What should I do next time this happens? What's going on here? Please remember to use average Joe language when responding. Thanks.
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 11:57 PM

What are your settings in your Power Options in the Control Panel
for waking after sleep. Do you have it set for a password or not? This information would help in finding a solution.
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Posted 11 March 2010 - 09:54 PM

I had it set so that the computer shuts off when I press the power button. I switched it to sleep because you broughtmy attention to it. I'm guessing that next time I get the desktop with no icons that I should just press the power button, put the computer to sleep, wait about 30 seconds, and then wiggle the mouse, right? You would think that would do the trick (but we're talking about computers here :huh: :huh: And I'm not requiring a password. I alone use this computer, so there's no point. Thanks!

:huh: Update: This is why I hate computers: it didn't work. Of course, there was no real reason to think it would. I had to turn my computer off-and-on again a few minutes ago to get my regular desktop with icons. :huh: Can someone help me?!?

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:13 AM

Turning computers off a lot does not necessarily kill a computer any faster, now putting it to sleep all the time is not good for the ram (memory) either, also a computer that is put to sleep and hardly ever turned off get's slower and comes up with errors and problems like this. My solution to this would be to just simply turn it off at night when your not using it.
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:28 AM

Open Task Manager and in the Applications window, end all of the tasks
Start a new task and type explorer.exe and click OK
That should bring up your Desktop
Update your AV and run a scan

Perhaps post a topic in our Am I Infected forum
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 07:44 PM

Garmanma, thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try, but it brings up a question. I can't open anything when I have this problem (I wake up the computer from sleep or from screensaver mode, and instead of desktop with icons, I only have the desktop picture, no icons. Furthermore, nothing I do opens anything or gets me into Vista (or anything!!) ) I am forced to turn it off and on again to get my desktop back.
As for Comperxpds, it is my understanding that turning a computer on and off daily does kill the computer. This happened with my other computer over the years, so I stopped doing that. So, in typical style of these wonderful machines, I'm screwed. You kill your computer by turining it off-and-on. You kill your computer by putting it in sleep mode. Great. :huh:
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Posted 14 March 2010 - 08:12 PM

Computers don't last forever and never will that is just a fact, belive me I know when I say it does not kill a computer any fast if you turn it off and on every day, there is no logical way this could be true if it were we would all never turn any computerized device off that includes any computerized device such as your cars computer. I know I have been working with computers since I was 5 I think I know what I'm talking about. And just as well I hope you resolve you problem that you orriginaly posted.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 05:01 PM

Going through the normal shut down procedure will do no harm to the computer

Pressing the power button and holding it until it shuts down, will damage the computer over time
Sometimes you just can't help it
I find Hibernation/standby rather problematic on a desktop computer
A lot of times corrupt video drivers can be the culprit. They do not play well with hibernation/standby
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