XP no start button or tool bar?

  pavel 19:31 01 Nov 2004

I have been given a 1.2 ghz (duron) 35 GB HDD 240MB RAM pc running xp home with sp 1 The thing is that the desk top has no start button or tool bar. Why and how can I reinstate them ( I may have a prob in that the screen I am using is vga and the smallest resolution I can get on it with xp is 600x800. may be the tool bar and start are "off screen " ?)

  sean-278262 19:45 01 Nov 2004

definately the fact your screen is vga is your problem.

Definition of VGA - Abbreviation of video graphics array, a graphics display system for PCs developed by IBM. VGA has become one of the de facto standards for PCs. In text mode, VGA systems provide a resolution of 720 by 400 pixels. In graphics mode, the resolution is either 640 by 480 (with 16 colors) or 320 by 200 (with 256 colors).

Basically get a new monitor.a second hand one can be had for as little as £20 with patience and a look on google.

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  Graham ® 20:22 01 Nov 2004

Nothing to lose by right clicking the desktop, Arrange icons by, Show desktop icons.

  woodchip 20:27 01 Nov 2004

just press the widows key

  pavel 22:56 02 Nov 2004

Thank you folks I got around it by gettting an svga monitor and bob's your uncle the toolbar and start button has reappeared. Thanks for the links creature of the nite , very useful :-)

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