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X395 "Shh" desktop icon appears and disappears at startup

2020-01-20, 19:45 PM

Whenever I boot up my X395 Thinkpad, an icon briefly appears and disappears at the lower center of my screen. It's a side view of a face, with a finger held up to the lips. I'm pretty sure it's a Thinkpad icon and not a Windows or app icon.

It doesn't seem to be related to audio settings or mic settings, since these have their own icons. It seems to be telling me that something is being muted, but I don't know what.

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Re: X395 "Shh" desktop icon appears and disappears at startup

2020-01-21, 11:03 AM

Hi !

 

Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums.

 

Kindly perform a clean boot where it starts with a minimal set of drivers and startup programs, so that you can determine whether a background program is interfering with your laptop. Please follow the steps here.

 

Hope this helps.


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Re: X395 "Shh" desktop icon appears and disappears at startup

2020-01-21, 21:28 PM

I did as you suggested, and the icon didn't appear. I disabled about a dozen services and half a dozen startup items. Should I re-enable one by one?

I should emphasize that my PC is performing perfectly, I'm just curious about what the icon signifies.

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Re: X395 "Shh" desktop icon appears and disappears at startup

2020-01-21, 22:00 PM
OK, I just re-enabled startup items and services a bit at a time, and the icon never reappeared. I then went back to "normal boot" enabling all drivers and services -- and the icon still didn't reappear. So problem solved I guess! Much thanks for your help.

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2020-01-23, 15:17 PM

Oops, I spoke too soon. After disabling and re-enabling services and starup items, the icon went away, and stayed away for a couple of reboots.

Then the next day, it returned, and now once again displays every time I boot up.

If you can assure me that there is no Lenovo utility or app supplied with the X395 that displays such an icon, I can narrow it down to things I've installed myself. It's a fairly new PC, so there isn't a whole lot of stuff on here yet.

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2020-02-18, 6:14 AM

I think it might be from Lenovo Vantage to control the fan speed and performance profile.

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Re: X395 "Shh" desktop icon appears and disappears at startup

2020-02-18, 16:19 PM

Thanks for your suggestion! I opened Lenovo Vantage and explored the various menus, but didn't see a similar logo anywhere, nor did I see any settings that mentioned fan speed. I managed to capture a screen shot as the computer was starting up:

Computer is still working perfectly, so no complaints there, I'm just curious about what the icon signifies.

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2020-02-19, 1:58 AM

Do you have any hidden icons in your task bar that resembles a speed dial? On mine, that toggles the profile and triggers the on screen icon. It comes from tposd.exe.

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Re: X395 "Shh" desktop icon appears and disappears at startup

2020-02-19, 15:17 PM
Aha! That's it! When I left-click on the hidden taskbar "speed-dial" icon, I get a "meter" icon bottom center screen. When I click again, I get the "Shh" icon.
What does this utility do? Right- or double-clicking doesn't bring anything up, either tooltips, help windows, or app.
Thanks much for your help! I'm surprised Lenovo didn't seem to know what it was.
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Re: X395 "Shh" desktop icon appears and disappears at startup

2020-02-19, 22:25 PM

I'm going to stick to my earlier guess that it controls the fan speed and performance profile in a broad way.

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