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#1 rollie69

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 03:56 AM

I've been trying to clean up my computer the last couple of weeks.

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p5s800-vm MB
Intel pent4 3.20ghz
Windows xp spk3
Just increased ram from 512x2 - 1gbx2
And just added a video card Radeon ATI HD 4670

Everything was working well untill the install of the of the video card. Now all it does is freeze and I have to restart every time.

Someone at work suggested a registry repair. So I tried the Registry Easy 5.6. Now It's even worse than before.

Help me please

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:57 AM

From what I see that's a PCI-e card, ATI Specs.

From what I see, that board doesn't support PCI-e cards, MB Specs.

That's a problem.

Let us know if the above is the case.

Louis

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

Edited by hamluis, 23 August 2010 - 06:00 AM.
Added registry cleaner warning.


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Posted 23 August 2010 - 06:04 AM

that's exactly what I've got. The guy at the IT computer store said they'd be ok..... I might go see him about it tomorrow.

you might be on to something.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 06:10 AM

It's to late for a warning i've already used the registry tool.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 06:47 AM

It's not too late to know the rationale behind the warning or to be better armed for making decisions in the future :thumbsup:.

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