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Fix disappearing Windows Vista System Tray icons

windows_vista_system_trayIf you’re a Windows Vista user that has noticed some icons like your clock, volume, and network no longer show  up and you’ve already tried rebooting, the How-To Geek has your answer.

First, of course, check to see that they can’t be re-enabled from your Taskbar and Start Menu Properties screen.  Right-click on your Taskbar and choose properties, then switch to the Notification Area tab.

If the icons your missing are unchecked and you can check them, great–you’re done and you can stop. If this area is disabled, keep reading.

Okay, time to modify your Windows registry.  As long as you’re careful what you do while you’re in the Registry Editor you’ll be fine. Otherwise, you could really things up so make sure when you’re making a change that you’re in the right spot.

Okay, run regedit from the run box to open the Registry Editor and navigate to this registry key:


From there look for any of the following REG_DWORD entries on the right side:

  • NoTrayItemsDisplay
  • HideClock
  • HideSCAPower
  • HideSCAVolume
  • NoAutoTrayNotify
  • HideSCANetwork

If you find any of these, delete them–that’s what’s keep the icons from showing up in the System Tray but you’re not done yet. Now, do the same thing in this registry key:



Okay, now you’re done. You may have to reboot first, but your icons should be back.

For more info or to download a .REG file to make the changes for you, check out the How-To Geek here.

[Via Lifehacker]


CoolBook: Possible fix for freezing MacBook Air’s


MacBook Air’s look great, but underneath that slim, sexy exterior is a problem that for some users is causing their precious to hiccup and/or freeze.

For some users EFI updates from Apple have helped, while others can’t do much of anything without their MBA hanging.

Some users are saying its the result of overheating caused by misapplied thermal grease as with the MacBook Pro overheating problem from last year. (As you may recall, Apple was in the news for a similar problem last year and some users were shocked at how much thermal grease was slathered onto their MBP’s logic boards.

Apple hasn’t admitted anything regarding thermal grease and the MacBook Air’s, but some users are blaming overheating and the problems sound consistent with an overheating computer.

You could try to trying your MBA to a Genius at your local Apple store, or you could try a $10 software application recommended by Chip Chick called CoolBook which did the trick for them.

What CoolBook does is allow you to reduce the heat and load on your MBA’s CPU cores, memory, etc. by allowing you to easily dial down the clock speed and voltage going to your processors, giving you a cooler running, quieter computer while extending your battery life a bit.

Chip Chick tried it out and their MacBook Air is “running great” and they are “no longer experiencing those super aggravating freezes and chokes.”

Sure, it sucks to have to spend $10 to fix something that Apple should fix to begin with but if you can spend $10 now and maybe get a fix or wait a few months and hope things get better, I’d spend the $10.

[Via Chip Chick]