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I've put a picture on my desktop, but it disappears.

This happens when I put my laptop in hibernation mode. When I turn it on, there is blank desktop (but containing icons), and my picture reappears only after 'right click-refresh'.

How to solve this annoying problem?

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What operating system? Windows? Mac? Linux? – Doug Harris Sep 15 '09 at 21:18
Windows XP, I forgot to mention, sorry. – MladenB Sep 15 '09 at 21:20
Probably a bug in the OS or a driver - my guess. Same thing happens with my dad's Vista laptop. I'm not positive if it's hibernate or sleep that causes it, but same thing; it leaves a black background that can be fixed with a refresh. – Nathaniel Sep 16 '09 at 3:04
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i'm afraid, F5/Refresh is the best you can do ... even Microsoft's Knowledge Base doesn't have anything better to offer.

Desktop background disappears when you resume your computer from hibernation in Windows XP

however, here are some tips about hibernation, try reducing the load time. also a contigeous hiberfil.sys might help (kill hibernation, defragment the drive and re-enable hibernation).

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But I didn't have this problem before, it started when I reinstalled Windows. – MladenB Sep 15 '09 at 21:34
So far, this defragmentation and re-enabling hibernation helped, so, thanks :) – MladenB Sep 27 '09 at 12:07

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