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James41

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I have found several times recently that my desktop display suddenly becomes disrupted. I have not been able to identify whether or not it is when I am doing any particular thing.
Menus pop up and start moving to other positions and when it settles down desktop icons have moved to new positions. I usually regain control by frequently clicking the mouse until things settle down.
Hard drive activity light seems to be flashing more than I would expect during simple activities.
I wondered if it might be a RAM problem with information being processed randomly to wrong locations?
Any ideas would be welcome.
Thanks,
James
 

bonk

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Howdy,

Do you have any programs that maybe checking for updates

If you have desktop cleanup on then try turning it off.

Open Task Manager and check under processes what is taking up usage when you see the HDD working for no reason.
 

James41

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Hi, Thanks for the tips. Task manager just shows Zonealarm firewall and three internet windows open with email inbox. Activity is just me flicking from one window to another to read them. The red activity light is quite busy even when I stop doing anything myself although it does calm down a bit.
The other point about desktop cleanup I'm not clear about. I've used disk cleanup but I can't see where desktop cleanup is. Is it within the XP system or a separate program?
James
 

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Desktop Cleanup

Right click on a empty place on the desktop choose Properties
Then Desktop tab >>Customize Desktop
Under desktop Cleanup untick the box
 
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