435T i7 975 3.3 GHz Extreme, 12 Gb RAM, 1.5 Tb SATA x 2 internal,Patriot Warp 256 Gb SSD quick release and 1.5 Tb eSATA drive Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Blu-ray/HD-DVD/RW combo by LG and Blu-ray/RW, 1000/NIC and Belkin N+ wireless, X-Fi Extreme Soundblaster, Hauppauge 2250 DTV Tuner card with Media Center remote, Bose Surround Sound 5.1 speakers, LifeCam VX 3000 VidCam, Logitech Wireless Desktop Kb and Performance MX Mouse, Bamboo Pen Tablet, XFX ATi 5870 XXX Edition driving a Vizio 37" HDTV using Optical Toslink from the X-Fi Extreme Sound Card, also have Pioneer SE-DIR 800C Wireless Dolby DTS Headphones
Black Alienware M17X Q9100 2.26 GHz Extreme, 320Gb HDD0 and 160Gb SSD1,Blu-Ray w/ DVD/RW, 8Gb RAM, WUXGA Screen, ATI 4870 Crossfire-x, Alienware TactX Mouse Windows 7 64 Professional.
No. This is a real problem that I have seen happen to others, and is now happening to me too, on this Dimension 4600 that I just bought from Dell. In my case, it doesn't matter how many times, and in how many ways I tell it to show window contents while dragging. (Display Properties->Appearance->Effects) Upon reboot or log off/log on, this setting is lost, reverting to dragging an empty frame. It is extremely annoying, and I need to find the solution. Any tips would be welcome. Thanks.
Privileges? My acct is a full system admin. What privileges could I be lacking under that?
Oh, my my. Egg on Dell's face on this one. I found ther answer:
C:\Program Files\Dell\Media Experience\PCMService.exe
If this startup item is removed (using msconfig.exe) the problem disappears. If the Dell Media Experience icon on the desktop is double-clicked after the bootup component no longer works, it does nothing, *except* screw up the window-dragging setting again. Clearly, Dell has some bug fixing to do before their Media Experience software is useful. My sympathies to those who bought the remote control for it. Thankfully, I did not.
Yes, that was definitely it. I removed the Dell Media experience icon from the desktop, and have not re-enabled the startup-initialized service. Window dragging is exactly what it should be, and has been that way since my last message above.
Just as a general tip from a programmer with over 20 years experience, when tech support tells you to reinstall from scratch, it means that they have absolutely no clue what's causing your problem. They want you to blast away everything, hopefully including the cause of the problem. It saves them from having to do any real work on the issue, and saddles you with the heavy task of rebuilding your software system. I have yet to reformat once to solve an issue other than a dead hard drive. It's a shotgun approach that leaves you in the dark, and from which you learn nothing. The popular "when in doubt, reformat" advice did not come from me.