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Jacko May 13, 2005, 08:09am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi,

A problem has developed recently on my PC. (Dell Dimension 4300 running Win XP Home Edition)

When I click on a Desktop Icon ALL Icons are activated and a 'copy' of the selected Icon is created on the Desktop!

This only started a couple of days ago. Coincidently (?), about a week ago my modem stopped working
- (I'm nearly sure as a result of local lightening strike).

I'm wondering is my PC crocked or is there a way to fix the Icon problem - I've already ordered a new modem to replace the dead one.

Any advice most welcome

(A friend suggested re-installing Windows XP - I don't really want to try this untal all else has failed)

Thanks,

Jack


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angryhippy May 13, 2005, 08:57am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Mouse click on Desktop selects ALL Icons
That's weird. Have you tried system restore? All programs/accessories/system tools/system restore. If that doesn't work go to start/run and type in sfc /scannow let the system file checker run. it will check the system files and repair any damaged or corrupted files. After you run the system file checker, you will have to reinstall all your MS updates.

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Josh May 13, 2005, 09:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Have you checked for Adware/Spyware and Viruses?

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Jacko May 13, 2005, 09:34am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Mouse click on Desktop selects ALL Icons
Thanks guys,

Will try suggestions and let you know how I get on.

Regards,

Jacko

Jacko May 16, 2005, 06:01am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Mouse click on Desktop selects ALL Icons
I am a moron! I just discovered that the 'shift' key was stuck down. (Clicking the mouse whith 'Shift' gives you multi select on desktop Icons). The recent problem with my Modem made me think something serious was wrong with my PC instead of a simple thing like a stuck key.

Maybe this might help someone in the future. Thanks for your suggestions.

Jacko


Mark Robinson May 16, 2005, 07:32pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Mouse click on Desktop selects ALL Icons
Is this on the computer you typed your original post, cause if it is, it doesnt add up. All your type would have been in capital letters LIKE THIS when I hold down the shift key or they would have all been in lower case if the cap lock was on. But your post shows caps and lower case and even a "?" which looks like it was supposed to be a ?" and not a "/".

just thought I would point that out.


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Richard May 16, 2005, 07:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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" I just discovered that the 'shift' key was stuck down. "

Well I hope you got it sorted out now and your explanation dose sort of ring a bell.

I had a simalr problem a while ago. In my case it turned out to be a failing PS2 keyboard port. As it was failing it casused all sorts of strange erors, including the 'select all icons and copy em'' problem you described.

Dodgy/lose and failing keyboards can do all kinds of strange stuff.


angryhippy May 16, 2005, 07:59pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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DOH! Yep I should have caught that too. I had a sticky key a few years ago that did a similar trip.

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Jacko May 17, 2005, 05:58am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Mouse click on Desktop selects ALL Icons
There is a lesson here somewhere! Something like 'check the bulb before you get an electrician to rewire the house!'

By the way I was using another PC to contact HWA (the modem is crocked on the one with the sticky keyboard).

Thanks again for all suggestions,

Jack


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