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Old 01-10-2008, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So I was just able to install the new forceware drivers for my brand new 8800GT.

The drivers put a *bunch* of stuff in the startup on msconfig:
RUNDLL32.exe C:\Windows\system32\nvsvc.dll,nvsvcStart
RUNDLL32.exe C:\Windows\system32\NvCpl.dll,NvStartup
RUNDLL32.exe C:\Windows\system32\NvMcTray.dll,NvTaskbarInit

I'm a guy that prefers as little stuff to start on startup as possible, so I was wondering just how 'optional' these are...

Are they needed?
What do they do?
What side effects would I get from disabling them?

Is there a different way of disabling them, other than simply unchecking the box in msconfig? I find that if there is a setting that can be turned off somewhere... that is a much better way to go at it.
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The NVSVC i think is the nVidia Start Center.
The 2nd is the nVidia start up for hte drivers.
The 3rd is the nVidia taskbar button.

For sure i would say the first 2 are needed. The 3rd is kinda optional. If you disable then then you could lose not only the drivers working but the only way to access the start menu.
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I have -everything- turned off in my startup. Well i take that back, i turned avast back on. So no, you dont need them on.

er...ok i lied again. I turned on the software for my g15 and g5.
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You can access the Nvidia Control Panel by other means than the tray icon or having it running in the background. You can turn all of them off.
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You can access the Nvidia Control Panel by other means than the tray icon or having it running in the background. You can turn all of them off.
Yeah, I thought I had them off on my old machine without any problems...

I just wanted to be *sure*. You're *sure*?

I heard some of them involved loading the actual drivers...
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i have the exact same card, regardless the drivers for the 6, 7 , & 8 series Nvidia cards are the same. yes you can disable and/or delete the startup entries with no problem.
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I used to jockey a 7800GTX, remember? Yeah, I am sure.
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I leave them on. they don't use much resources
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I leave them on. they don't use much resources
That is my thoughts. They use less than anything else that starts up. LEss than Avast. So why turn them off.
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That is my thoughts. They use less than anything else that starts up. LEss than Avast. So why turn them off.
True, they use hardly any resource's. But I run VM's on this machine so every resource counts. It also makes finding malicious items easier to pick out, even though I know better.
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