After reinstalling windows 7 and installing the latest drivers for my HD5850 card (Catalyst 12.1) my system boots to a screen with only the background graphic and a cursor - no start button, desktop icons or taskbar.
If I restart in safe mode all are there, but a generic driver is being use since the boot stops before the driver is loaded. If I uninstall the ati driver it boots normally so it appears to be a driver or win7 problem.
Things did work before the reinstall so I doubt it's a problem with the card. Any ideas? I'd like to get back to 1080p and proper aspect ratio.