safely remove hardware icon: where is it?

seuss

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hi all,

i have a problem with my (Dell) music workstation... it's running XP and it's relatively new and shiny.

there used to *always* be a 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon - a lil green arrow and something else - which nestled in the taskbar, whereby i could stop USB devices (like my soundcard) before turning them off / unplugging.

without this icon unplugging any USB device (or indeed, turning off my soundcard) causes a heart-stopping blue screen... yesterday after installing a new piece of hardware, an Edirol midi contoller, i noticed the icon has gone!

the power adapter for my soundcard died last week and i've just got a new one - so i haven't used USB devices for a coupla days. i can't be sure when exactly the Safely Remove Hardware icon disappeared, so i don't know if it was gone before i installed the midi controller or not.

but basically this means that i cannot power-down my soundcard, which is not ideal...

i've tried going taskbar-properties-hidden icons-customise and selecting the 'always show' dropdown for Safely Remove Hardware, but to no avail. i can't seem to actually find the program (is it a program?) itself via searching or anything...

can anyone help - bearing in mind that i have very limited computer knowledge/skills?

thanks heaps!
 

seuss

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edit: i can actually power-down my soundcard without undue hassle. but the icon is still nowhere to be found!
 

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isn't the icon still there as it was in previous window's but just hidden behind the little arrow - i.e. you press the arrow and more icons appear? That's what happens on mine.

Otherwise you can do it in Device Manager - find the USB item in their, right click it, etc. etc.
 
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