XP display properties problem

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  1. Enterprise-D I'm back! Warp 8 Mr. Worf! Registered Senior Member

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    Has anyone seen this before: right-click on the desktop -> click properties OR control panel -> display properties to bring up the display dialog, results in basically nothing. The display dialog flashes onscreen for a second and automatically closes.

    AV (NOD32) and spyware (Xoftspy and Adaware) scans do not reveal anything. I tried extracting the desk.cpl applet from the XP cd, nothing doing. This happened after a June Windows update.

    I would be quite annoyed to reinstall Windows (within 2 months of the LAST reinstall) JUST to fix that :bugeye:
     
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  3. RubiksMaster Real eyes realize real lies Registered Senior Member

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    Have you run any desktop tweaking programs that might have accidentally changed some settings?

    Maybe you should try uninstalling and reinstalling your video card drivers.
     
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  5. Enterprise-D I'm back! Warp 8 Mr. Worf! Registered Senior Member

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    No desktop tweakers.

    Actually I forgot the drivers after intentionally leaving them for last...i have LOTS of settings there that I don't want to lose :bugeye:

    Will try if there are no other suggestions.
     
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  7. RubiksMaster Real eyes realize real lies Registered Senior Member

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    It sounds like a registry problem. Whenever I have weird problems like this in Windows, it turns out to be a missing registry key or something. Try searching the Microsoft knowlege base and see if you can find something there.
     
  8. Enterprise-D I'm back! Warp 8 Mr. Worf! Registered Senior Member

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    MS knowledge base was no help this time...will try the drivers *groan* and post again
     
  9. cato less hate, more science Registered Senior Member

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    have you tried going to ctrl panel and then display?
     
  10. RubiksMaster Real eyes realize real lies Registered Senior Member

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    Yes

     
  11. cato less hate, more science Registered Senior Member

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    heh, boy is my face red =]. today is not my day =]

    I edited a display at work today, and instead of the gross load on the system, I typed "groos load." it didn't matter though, the gross load point in the database was bad, so I deleted it.
     
  12. Enterprise-D I'm back! Warp 8 Mr. Worf! Registered Senior Member

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    Oh I forgot to follow up...the Windows update replaced the nVidia driver with it's own MS driver...and hence replaced the desk.cpl that the nVidia driver had installed.

    Reinstalling the nVidia proper driver fixed the problem although I had to remember all my settings :|
     
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