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Realtek Icon Disappears from System Tray

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Geoffrey 13, Nov 20, 2011.

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  1. Geoffrey 13

    Geoffrey 13 Thread Starter

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    Hello! I am trying to help a friend resolve a problem with her computer. She has:

    Acer Aspire 4530 Laptop
    Windows XP SP3
    AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core QL-62
    2.00 GHz, 2.75 FB RAM
    Realtek High Definitin Audio
    Driver version 5.10.0.6013, 12/25/2009
    298 GB Hard Drive, 275 GB Free

    Most times when the system boots up, the Realtek icon is missing from the system tray and the volume is around 75% (loud!). When I tried restarting instead of turning off the computer and then powering up again the icon sometimes showed up, but the volume is always the same. If I lower the volume and reboot, it always goes back to the loud setting.

    To get the icon back, I do the following:

    Control Panel
    double click "Realtek HD Sound Effect Manager"
    Click "i" (Information)
    Turn off "Show icon in system tray"
    OK
    Click "i" (Information)
    Turn on "Show icon in system tray"
    OK

    I'd like to get the icon to consistently appear and the volume level to be saved.

    Anybody got ideas? THanks and God bless!

    Geoffrey
     
  2. Elvandil

    Elvandil

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    Restarting is the same thing as powering off then on. The machine restarts when you "restart".

    Read this about the disappearing tray icons. Resetting the streams may work, too.

    But if you can locate an executable in startup that creates the tray icon and delay its startup with Startup Delayer, that will probably work the best.
     
  3. Geoffrey 13

    Geoffrey 13 Thread Starter

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    Thank you, Elvandil! I disabled the UPnP User Interface as described in the article at techzonez.com and the icon (and a couple of others) appears after each boot.

    The problem that still occurs is that if I lower the volume setting, it jumps back to the initial (loud) value (around 75%) at shutdown and is at that high setting after each boot. I can hear it's loud at shutdown because the Windows logon sound is at a high volume.

    Any thoughts on that situation?

    Thanks and God bless!

    Geoffrey
     
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