Games automatically minimizing..

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Intel 3.0
Windows XP Home Edition
GeForce 6800 256MB
2GB Ram

The problem I am having is while playing games, mostly while in Everquest II and Elder Scrolls Oblivion the game will automatically minimize and I see something on the task bar on the bottom show up and then disappear (it doesn't say anything on it). I will then have to re maximize my game and usually during oblivion it will freeze upon maximizing. This problem has been getting very annoying lately and I have run spyware checks.

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is it always at a certain time? Also try shutting down non-critical processes

4. vanillag1rl

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Does it only happen when you play games? What about using the internet?

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Thinking about it, I had the same problem when I had Earthlink internet. Earthlink has their own icon in the system tray. It made my games minimize. All I did was close that program, while keeping the connection up and the minimize stopped.

6. mdiez

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I have the exact same problem with my pc. The unknown process appears (nameless) on the task bar for a second, then dissapears. This also causes Oblivion to crash when I play it. Can someone take a look at my hijackthis log and see what the process may be? This happens randomly every 5-10 minutes whether or not I am playing a game. Here's my log:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\AvidSDMService.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton GoBack\GBPoll.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~3\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\NORTON~1\NORTON~3\SPEEDD~1\NOPDB.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\RUNDLL32.EXE
C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy4\DVDAudio\CTDVDDET.EXE
C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy4\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe
C:\WINDOWS\CTHELPER.EXE
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\Detector\CTDetect.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Console\NSCSRVCE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
F:\Shared Software\PC maintanance progs\HijackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/fix_homepage/
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/fix_homepage/
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: NAV Helper - {A8F38D8D-E480-4D52-B7A2-731BB6995FDD} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O3 - Toolbar: Norton AntiVirus - {C4069E3A-68F1-403E-B40E-20066696354B} - C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton AntiVirus\NavShExt.dll
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvCplDaemon] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [ccApp] "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [SoundMan] SOUNDMAN.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [nwiz] nwiz.exe /install
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NvMediaCenter] RUNDLL32.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Component Manager] "C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\hpcmpmgr.exe"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [NeroFilterCheck] C:\WINDOWS\system32\NeroCheck.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HP Software Update] C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTDVDDET] "C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy4\DVDAudio\CTDVDDET.EXE"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTSysVol] C:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy4\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exe /r
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RCSystem] "C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\Module Loader\DLLML.exe" RCSystem * -Startup
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [AudioDrvEmulator] "C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\Module Loader\DLLML.exe" -1 AudioDrvEmulator "C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\Module Loader\Audio Emulator\AudDrvEm.dll"
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [CTHelper] CTHELPER.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [UpdReg] C:\WINDOWS\UpdReg.EXE
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [HostManager] C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\1140479264\ee\AOLSoftware.exe
O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [iTunesHelper] "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe"
O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Creative Detector] C:\Program Files\Creative\MediaSource\Detector\CTDetect.exe /R

AMD64 fx-55 processor
2 gigs of ram
geforce 7800gtx 256MB

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No it happens randomly, probably every 15 - 20 min. I only really notice it while Playing games full screen because they minimize. While doing other tasks it might happen but i probably dont notice because i don't pay attention to the task bar. While playing games it will minimize and i see the unnamed task coming up and leaving.

8. Fizban

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I think it's a process that's running, I've had the same problem since my last Windows install. The funny thing is reading this thread has made me realise that it doesn't happen anymore. So I have inadvertently solved my problem with a recent change. A week or two ago I stopped a few things from starting up at boot but I can't remember exactly which ones. I know I stopped the HP update manager (just update manually instead) so thats the first thing I would try. I have a feeling a program you have is possibly checking for updates and causing your problems.

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Now that you mention it, I think it might have something to do with my HP Fax/Printer Manager. I don't remember having these problems that long ago so it could be that. Either way I will try closing different tasks and see which one will stop it. Hopefully it ends soon, and I can get back to playing my games full screen . Thanks everyone

10. Fizban

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Great stuff, please let us know what you find out

11. Fizban

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I've just remembered another process that I blocked through msconfig. I disabled a process called jusched, it's to do with Java but it's not needed.
http://castlecops.com/StartupList.html

I've got a funny feeling that's the one that caused my problem so let us know if you identify a specific process.

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Ok so for everyone who has this problem, close all hp(blah blah) tasks and it shouldn't happen anymore. Thank you for everyone who helped, I can finnaly play games full screen

13. Fizban

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So it was the HP software then,

Thanks for letting us know Viperx

If the problem is definitely solved could you please mark the thread as solved using the tools menu in the top right corner.

Cheers

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Good to know

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