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By dmeisse ·
My new PC, 2.8 P4, dual 160GB HD,dual DVD Burners shows two of everything in device manager. Two IDE Primary,two IDE Secondary, two monitors, two graphics cards. System is constantly pausing and locks up during the most simple games. Any ideas?

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by _Christian_ In reply to device manager

That looks seriously screwy to me...

You would not happen to have overclocked your PC, by any chance?

That has been shown to cause all kinds of weird faults and system errors. If so, just revert the overcloaking and check again.

Otherwise your system is seriously messed (far beyond a registry problem), and I would suggest a clean reinstall to get the hardware right.
There is also another thing you could try before, but it could be risky in your case. Anyway, the idea is to use the hardware properties to remove all dubious hardware, then let windows rescan for the hardware. It will not solve your problem if it is too badly messed, or caused by overcloaking.
And if it is too messed and that does not work, you will have no option left but but to reinstall.
(very rare, but I have seen that once).

Bottom line is, if the hardware is not recognized properly, the drivers and software cannot be set up properly.

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by dmeisse In reply to

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The CPU has not been overclocked, as a last resort, I plan to reload the OS but it would be nice to figure out what caused the problem for future references. I do have hyperthreading turned on. Thanks

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by dmiles In reply to device manager

Research did not yield any results to what can the redundency of devices,it only address the USB as corrupt firm ware when installing,other than this it does not apply to a given answer

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by dmeisse In reply to

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The hyperthreading shows 2 CPUs in the task manager performance screen even when the system is idle there is activity in both screens. I have thought of turning it off if reloading the OS doesn't fix the problem.

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by louie.mayor In reply to device manager

You can remove all the devices and then install them one at a time. Make sure you install motherboard drivers first. You can also try a clean install - by reloading the OS. Just make sure you install MB drivers first. If this does not fix things, there are likely physical defects in your mainboard.

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by dmeisse In reply to

Reloading OS is my first consideraton, since merely trying to delete extra device manager listing may still leave conflicts in register etc. I was hoping someone had experienced this condition before and could suggest cause and effect of this condition.

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by sm-honeycutt In reply to device manager

Delete regedit, reboot. This should solve the problem as Windows will rebuild the registry during the power on proceedures it goes through. Note, you'll loose all your configured settings such as wallpaper, location of toolbars, etc.

This should solve the issue because it sounds like your registry became corrupted in some manner, whether by virus or malware or by user error or even by Windows installing itself incorrectly.

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by a_liss In reply to device manager

The one thing I have found that can help is to boot into safe mode, open device manager and delete all the items that have a duplicate. Both (all)copies need to be removed. When you reboot windows will rescan and reinstall all the hardware. It will still have all the drivers on file and all your user settings should still be good and remembered. If you don't do this in safe mode you will not get all the duplicates out and you will still have the same problem.

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by dmeisse In reply to

I am going to look for entries in the register to determine if there are multiple entries, if there are then deleting the device manager duplicates won't clean up any register conflicts.

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