I am attaching a screen shot that I hope you can notice has all desktop icons blacked out within their outlines - additional to this none of them were operational (assuming I could remember what they were!) At the same time the system was becoming slightly unstable with the start menu sometimes locking up and the task bar staying auto-hidden.... Only other thing I probably should say is I use the PowerTools Virtual Desktop to have like four desktops - but that seldom gives me problems like this. I have not tweaked the iconcache - wonder if that would help in this case? Anyone else had this? Any ideas? Could it be I need to go for latest ATI dirvers to go with my 9700 pro?