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Startup sound cuts off on XP

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Feldan, Oct 6, 2003.

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  1. Feldan

    Feldan Thread Starter

    Oct 6, 2003
    I have an unusually long starup sound that I like to listen to on my machine. This file wroked great for 95, 98, NT, etc. But on my XP machine only the first 30 seconds can be heard and then it cuts off. I know I have the latest sound blaster drivers and the file will play all the way through when i have media player play it on my xp machine so its not the file. The only thing i can think of is that either a program is stopping its action and that is terminating it prematurely or XP is programmed to terminate the starup sound after 30 seconds of play. I have tried various other files as well that is over 30 seconds long and it does it to all of them. There is no cracking or popping or stuttering of any kind. Playback at startup is smooth but it cuts it off at 30 seconds. Any one know how to legthen the playback time on the startup?

  2. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001
    Hiya and welcome

    Lets see what you have running at startup first:

    Go to Run and type MSINFO32
    On the left choose Software Enviroment, then Startup Programs. Copy/paste the list here.


  3. Feldan

    Feldan Thread Starter

    Oct 6, 2003
    Here is what I have.

    AHQInit c:\program files\creative\sblive\program\ahqinit.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    Jet Detection "c:\program files\creative\sblive\program\adgjdet.exe" All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    MCUpdateExe c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcupdate.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    MSKExe c:\progra~1\mcafee\spamki~1\spamkiller.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    NCLaunch c:\windows\nclaunch.exe NCC-1701-E\Feldan Garabaldi HKU\S-1-5-21-329068152-1390067357-682003330-1003\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    NvCplDaemon rundll32.exe c:\windows\system32\nvcpl.dll,nvstartup All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    NvMediaCenter rundll32.exe c:\windows\system32\nvmctray.dll,nvtaskbarinit NCC-1701-E\Feldan Garabaldi HKU\S-1-5-21-329068152-1390067357-682003330-1003\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    Profiler c:\program files\saitek\software\profiler.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    SaiSmart c:\program files\saitek\software\saismart.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    UpdReg c:\windows\updreg.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    WINDVDPatch cthelper.exe All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    Wallpaper Changer c:\progra~1\wallpa~1\wallpa~1.exe NCC-1701-E\Feldan Garabaldi Startup
    ccApp "c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccapp.exe" All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    ccRegVfy "c:\program files\common files\symantec shared\ccregvfy.exe" All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    ctfmon.exe c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe NCC-1701-E\Feldan Garabaldi HKU\S-1-5-21-329068152-1390067357-682003330-1003\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    desktop desktop.ini NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Startup
    desktop desktop.ini NCC-1701-E\Feldan Garabaldi Startup
    desktop desktop.ini .DEFAULT Startup
    desktop desktop.ini All Users Common Startup
    nwiz nwiz.exe /install All Users HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    sorry it took so long life has been getting in the way lately :)
  4. eddie5659

    eddie5659 Moderator Malware Specialist

    Mar 19, 2001
    Thats okay, been studying alot lately myself :)

    Lets have a look....

    AHQInit: Part of AudioHQ for the Soundblaster Live!. Appears as though it makes the AudioHW toolbar drop down from the top of the desktop and isn't required. Not needed

    Jet Detection: Added with SoundBlaster Live! or Audigy soundcards for headphone autodetection. Not needed

    MCUpdateExe: From McAfee VirusScan On-line. Automatically updates your virus definitions. Leave enabled unless you regularly update these definitions.

    MSKExe: McAfee SpamKiller, up to you.

    NCLaunch: Part of SWF Studio from Northcode Inc - an extension to Flash. Bundled when you create a self-installing screen-saver on Win2K/XP. Not sure, leave?

    NvCplDaemon: Intializes the clock and memory settings on nVidia based graphics cards. Disable if you overclock your card

    NvMediaCenter: System Tray icon used to manage settings for nVidia based graphics cards. May be required for some 3D applications to recognize your
    card correctly - such as the game "Everquest". Otherwise, settings can be changed manually via Display Properties.

    Profiler: Enables the "Profiler" to be launched from a System Tray icon for Saitek 's game controllers. Available via Start -> Programs. Not needed

    SaiSmart: "Smart Button Special Sauce" - included with the latest software for Saitek game controllers. Related to the "S", "Shift" or "Smart" button. What does it do and is it required? Not sure, leave.

    UpdReg: Reminder to register Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! cards. Not needed.

    WINDVDPatch: CTHELPER is a background task that is a plug-in manager for Creative drivers. The theory is that 3rd party manufacturers can use the CTHELPER plug-in interface to produce drivers, add-on features, and fixes that will integrate with a tighter fit with Creative’s sound drivers and utilities. Given its purpose CTHELPER would normally be classified as a "leave alone" background task.Unfortunately there are often problems with CTHELPER, most notably that it can use 100% of CPU time so it's best left disabled

    Wallpaper Changer: Not sure???

    ccApp: Part of Norton AntiVirus 2003 . Auto-protect and E-mail check will not function without this. Keep

    ccRegVfy: Part of Norton AntiVirus 2003 . "ccRegVfy.exe is responsible for checking the integrity of the NAV registry entries to make sure that the information has not been changed by a malicious threat or a hack". Keep

    ctfmon.exe: CTFMon is involved with the language/alternative input services in Office XP. CTFMON.exe will continue to put itself back into MSConfig when you run the Office XP apps as long as the Text Services and Speech applets in the Control Panel are enabled. Not required if you don't need these features. For more info on ctfmon see


    CTFMON can be disabled from Control Panel, Text & Speech Services

    Up to you

    nwiz: Associated with the newer versions of nVidia graphics cards drivers. Allows you to immensely improve desktop layouts by setting preferences and optimizations. However, this isn't necessary for the operation of your system

    Go to Run and type MSCONFIG, startup tab. Uncheck the ones you don't want, apply and restart.

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