The blank button on the taskbar is often mentionned and these are the three
most posted answers:
1- Update your Video Drivers.
2- Change ScreenSavers.
and the most often used, (posted by some other user, "copied/pasted here")
3- Try this :
Mystery blank buttons
This information was posted Jim Inacker in a News Group.
Here is something that I put together that may help.
Please respond to the group with your results.
Updated Ghost Button Resolution for Win98SE
If you are using Windows 98 SE and installed the May 22, 2000 Critical
Update or Windows 98 Second Edition Mapped Drives Shutdown Update or
the Windows 98 Second Edition 1394 Storage Supplement you may
experience ghost buttons on the Task Bar.
The ghost buttons appear to be the result of interactions between
existing applications and newer versions of user.exe and user32.dll
installed by those updates.
If your system DOES NOT REQUIRE those updates, you can uninstall them
by searching your hard drive for the associated uninstall inf file.
Right click on the uninstall inf file select install and then reboot
at the prompt.
May 22, 2000 Critical Update 260067un.inf
Windows 98 Second Edition Mapped Drives Shutdown Update 260067un.inf
(Golem's note: This is NOT a typo. Both the above line have the same INF
number because they are the same fix. The name of the fix was changed
from "May 22, 2000..." to "Windows 98 Second...". So you either have
one or the other)
Windows 98 Second Edition 1394 Storage Supplement 242975un.inf
If all goes well you should end up with user.exe and user32.dll
This resolution and the file version numbers listed apply to Windows
98 SE. Any added functionality provided by the newer versions of
user.exe and user32.dll will be lost.
For more information please consult the following articles in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base.
Q260067 "Windows Stops Responding During Shutdown with Mapped Drives"
(Critical Update, May 22, 2000)
Q242934 "Sending System Broadcast Messages During Shutdown"
Q239887 "Second Edition Shutdown Supplement"
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