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    New Error Menus

    I bought a new video board. Uninstalled NVidia. Installed ATI. However, two menus pop up at start saying nvcpl.dll and nvmctray.dll cannot be found in system32 subdirectory. I went to the registry and deleted all references to both, but to no avail. How do I get rid of these two error messages? Any help would be appreciated.
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    Re: New Error Menus

    Start>Run and type "msconfig" (without the quotes). Click the Startup Tab, uncheck the references to these two files and reboot.
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    Re: New Error Menus

    John:
    I did that. they still came up. So, I went back, unchecked them again, then went to the registry and deleted all entrees with those words and then rebooted. They popped up again. Went to msconfig and they are checked. Went to registery and the six or seven entrees are there again. Any other suggestions?

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    Re: New Error Menus

    Just a thought here. Are there any other references to this listed under msconfig - possibly in win.ini or system.ini? You can place a semicolon in front of any such references. You might even find references in autoexec.bat and/ or config.sys, which you can "neutralize" by putting "rem " (without the " marks) in front of the offending statements. What is your OS? There are other different possible "startup locations" for various Windows versions.

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    Re: New Error Menus

    Good point Alan. Isn't it also possible that the files could be explicitly called out in win.ini or system.ini and those references would have to be fixed directly?

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    Re: New Error Menus

    <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> I would think so Al. I've had that sort of thing before, as well as, for instance, separate (but related) .EXEs being run and terminated, but leaving .DLLs resident in memory. When I used the term "references", I was alluding to anything related to the old software... and as you say, I think it would be a largely manual exercise to try to hunt them all down.

    Some stuff doesn't show, even in msconfig either - run once services and similar; and this varies from OS to OS.

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    Re: New Error Menus

    See if the free AutoRuns from SysInternals reveals how the DLLs are started. AutoRuns gives a very complete overview of everything that is started automatically on your PC.

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    Re: New Error Menus

    Alan:
    I am using Windows XP Pro. I checked the ini file and there is nothing there which resembles a nVidia GeForce ini file. Before I installed the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro board, the instructions told me to uninstall the nVidia drivers through the Add and Remove program, which I did. However, it apparently did not uninstall everything. I can't figure out where to go now that I have gone through msconfig and deleting all references to nvCpl.dll and nvMcTray.dll in the registry. In msconfig, the two files were connected with RUNDLL32.

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    Re: New Error Menus

    OK, you've searched all the "usual suspects" that I can think of. I'm wondering if it's a device driver that's trying to be loaded. You might have some luck locating something with Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager.

    In addition, I located Driver Cleaner + Cab Cleaner and nVidia - Nasty File Remover:

    "Driver Cleaner is a program which helps you to remove parts of drivers that are left after uninstalling the old drivers. The program is for ATI and nVidia drivers.

    First you need to uninstall the drivers from the control panel than reboot and after that run the program. If you really want a good description of what steps you should do than you really need to read the readme file included in the zip file and installation as it contains a detailed description step by step.

    Windows Platforms supported:
    95, 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP

    Not tested, but should work:
    2003, .NET, Longhorn

    IMPORTANT: uninstall the older version first before you install this version.

    For uninstalling nVidia drivers i recommend putting the backup functions on and the full registry backup on. If something goes wrong you can restore it. Also if you get an error with installing new drivers, please send me the directories in the backup folder, so i can check and locate the problem than. Or mail me if you want to ask more how to send it, but don't use the restore before you sended it.

    It is for nVidia, ATI, Creative, Turtle Beach, SIS Graphics and 3Dfx. It will remove anything that is left by the drivers after uninstall."

    "NFR is a small util to scan the system folder for nVidia files, and delete selected files. This is handy when you are down/upgrading you'r current driver version, so you don't have any 'leftover' files when the new drivers are installed.

    In some cases, having version conflicts can cause instability in both windows and games. Therefore you should allways be sure that no conflicts exists by running NFR after each time you change you'r nvidia drivers."

    Hope these do the trick. It seems you're not the only one who's had problems! See here for further details.

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    Re: New Error Menus

    Alan:

    I downloaded the nVidia-NFR along with others. Ran each one. I removed the offending files along with the entrees in msconfig, etc. No deal. I had saved all the nVidia files on my Flash Disk. I finally copied the two offending files back to C:/Windows/system32 and rebooted. The two worrisome menus disappeared. So, I'll leave them and forget it. Thanks for your help.

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