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ATI HotKey Poller Service - what is it?

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Anonymous
October 27, 2004 9:19:21 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Thank you Ted for explaining what the ATI HotKey Poller is and the
proper way to use msconfig - startup tab.

The Tech had me go into msconfig and click on the SERVICES tab, check
hide Windows files, and then uncheck everything remaining. I don't
know what this did (it didn't help my boot-up time) but one program
wouldn't run and I checked in Admin - Services and that program had
been disabled! I set it to manual. Meanwhile, I noticed some items in
msconfig - "services" tab are unchecked but show "running", some aren't
running.

I don't know what unchecking these items did but I looked in control
panel, admin - services, and Zone Alarm and Vet Messenger (antivirus)
both say disabled. I have no idea what they might have said before.
Is this okay?
I wonder if she actually disabled everything that had been checked. (I
never wrote down what was checked).

After I got off with the tech, I went into a few security programs I
run and started them from within the programs themselves. They all
appear to be running. Is it okay that they are disabled in services
but are running?

I'm sorry for all these questions but I am new to XP.

Thank you again.

Sincerely, Libra

Ted Zieglar Wrote:
> The ATI HotKey Poller is part of the video driver for your ATI-based
> video
> card. To learn its exact purpose, contact ATI technical support.
> Judging by
> the name alone, I would guess that it enables the various key
> combinations
> supported by your video card.
>
> Unchecking entries in msconfig startup prevents them from loading at
> startup. In this way, msconfig is useful for troubleshooting: If you
> believe
> that something loading at startup may be causing a problem, but you
> don't
> know what exactly, you uncheck all the items in the startup tab and
> then
> restart your computer. If whatever problem you were having is now
> resolved,
> you put the checkmark back in each item, one at a time, and restart
> your
> computer again until you arrive at the particular entry that causes
> the
> problem. Now that you know what causes the problem, you can work on a
> solution.
>
> The correct way to permanently prevent something from starting with
> Windows
> is to go into the program's menus and turn off that feature. Msconfig
> interferes with a program's normal operation; that's why its used for
> troubleshooting only.
>
> Ted Zieglar
>
> "Libra" Libra.1epwoz@pcbanter.net wrote in message
> news:Libra.1epwoz@pcbanter.net...-
>
> A tech had me go to msconfigservices, hide Windows items and uncheck
> everything left. One of the items was ATI HotKey Poller - I think by
> unchecking it I disabled the service and would like to know what it
> is
> and if it's necessary. Also, I saw it in my Event Viewer saying it
> stopped at a time I had a major problem with Windows.
>
> Does unchecking things in msconfigservices disable the services or
> just stop them from loading at start-up? (because there's a few more
> items unchecked.)
>
> Thank you.
>
> Sincerely, Libra
>
>
> --
> Libra-


--
Libra
Anonymous
October 27, 2004 10:50:23 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

"How to perform a clean boot in Windows XP."
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;310353

Please keep your responses in the same thread. Otherwise, it's difficult, if
not impossible, to follow a train of thought.

Ted Zieglar

"Libra" <Libra.1errd2@pcbanter.net> wrote in message
news:Libra.1errd2@pcbanter.net...
>
> Thank you Ted for explaining what the ATI HotKey Poller is and the
> proper way to use msconfig - startup tab.
>
> The Tech had me go into msconfig and click on the SERVICES tab, check
> hide Windows files, and then uncheck everything remaining. I don't
> know what this did (it didn't help my boot-up time) but one program
> wouldn't run and I checked in Admin - Services and that program had
> been disabled! I set it to manual. Meanwhile, I noticed some items in
> msconfig - "services" tab are unchecked but show "running", some aren't
> running.
>
> I don't know what unchecking these items did but I looked in control
> panel, admin - services, and Zone Alarm and Vet Messenger (antivirus)
> both say disabled. I have no idea what they might have said before.
> Is this okay?
> I wonder if she actually disabled everything that had been checked. (I
> never wrote down what was checked).
>
> After I got off with the tech, I went into a few security programs I
> run and started them from within the programs themselves. They all
> appear to be running. Is it okay that they are disabled in services
> but are running?
>
> I'm sorry for all these questions but I am new to XP.
>
> Thank you again.
>
> Sincerely, Libra
>
> Ted Zieglar Wrote:
>> The ATI HotKey Poller is part of the video driver for your ATI-based
>> video
>> card. To learn its exact purpose, contact ATI technical support.
>> Judging by
>> the name alone, I would guess that it enables the various key
>> combinations
>> supported by your video card.
>>
>> Unchecking entries in msconfig startup prevents them from loading at
>> startup. In this way, msconfig is useful for troubleshooting: If you
>> believe
>> that something loading at startup may be causing a problem, but you
>> don't
>> know what exactly, you uncheck all the items in the startup tab and
>> then
>> restart your computer. If whatever problem you were having is now
>> resolved,
>> you put the checkmark back in each item, one at a time, and restart
>> your
>> computer again until you arrive at the particular entry that causes
>> the
>> problem. Now that you know what causes the problem, you can work on a
>> solution.
>>
>> The correct way to permanently prevent something from starting with
>> Windows
>> is to go into the program's menus and turn off that feature. Msconfig
>> interferes with a program's normal operation; that's why its used for
>> troubleshooting only.
>>
>> Ted Zieglar
>>
>> "Libra" Libra.1epwoz@pcbanter.net wrote in message
>> news:Libra.1epwoz@pcbanter.net...-
>>
>> A tech had me go to msconfigservices, hide Windows items and uncheck
>> everything left. One of the items was ATI HotKey Poller - I think by
>> unchecking it I disabled the service and would like to know what it
>> is
>> and if it's necessary. Also, I saw it in my Event Viewer saying it
>> stopped at a time I had a major problem with Windows.
>>
>> Does unchecking things in msconfigservices disable the services or
>> just stop them from loading at start-up? (because there's a few more
>> items unchecked.)
>>
>> Thank you.
>>
>> Sincerely, Libra
>>
>>
>> --
>> Libra-
>
>
> --
> Libra
!