Hello, XP sp3 installation. Am able to select Windows Classic theme for display. Am able to select photos for background. But then a separate photo fragment overwrites about one third of screen. Changing theme or photo doesn't fix it. Rebooting doesn't fix it.
I'm not a systems guy, but I can use regedit if advised to in order to fix this.
Accolite, not a card problem. The Dell 9300 laptop works fine otherwise. The added fragment behaves just as part of the desktop image. All other windows work just fine above the desktop image. I am guessing a bit of rogue code got in there somehow.
The display properties allow pictures to be Centered, Tile, or stretched to fit desktop, but only if a picture is being displayed. Perhaps your picture is tiled and doesn't fit evenly and so only a portion appears along an edge or top/bottom of screen.
Check this by...
Right-click clear desktop area,
Click Desktop tab Position. If it is grayed-out, no picture is chosen to appear, you have a picture, so it should be there, and functional.
Accolite, thanks. Yes, that is how it is set at the moment. My choice of background color, overlaid with a photo scrap on the right hand third of screen, overlaid with icons, overlaid with active stuff. Seems kind of stable just as it is.
A ram check has not been run. Reason, I thought about it and at no time have I seen erratic behavior. It is exactly the same every time. A photo gets put on the desktop and slid to the right until only a third is showing. The rogue photo is over the wallpaper photo and under the icons.
My screensaver is a slide show. That works fine, as before.
Under control panel/display
I pull down the themes tab and I see a change. It should be set for Windows Classic, but now reads Windows Classic (Modified). Allows me to select Windows Classic again, but doesn't fix the problem.
When I right click on the desktop, click arrange items by, and then unlock web items on desktop, this seems to activate the rogue picture. One time I was able to grab the picture by the top bar and move it on the screen. It appears to be a desktop sized window with a photo. It then froze in new position, can't be moved, clicking the x doesn't exit it.
So, problem has appearance of a bogus desktop. Hmmm, must be a web items folder somewhere.