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From: brian on 01/31/2002
My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help.
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From: jim on 02/24/2003
I deleted all keys in the registry that came up in the search for "devldr" without backing up first or exporting. Yes I know I am an idiot. Now there is no sound on my system at all. Are there any suggestions? Please help.
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From: Caroline on 12/23/2002
Thanks to you all for your troubleshooting advise on the devldr.exe problem files. It's been so helpful to read about your similar annoyances with that file and your proposed solutions. Your time has saved us many. Keep up the good work!
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From: John A. Mac Donald on 09/29/2002

Just rename the files devldr.exe to old devldr.exe and
it will stop it from starting up. That way if you decide you want to use it later on you just rename
them back to what they were. The files were located on my computer Win98SE in the WINDOWS\SYSTEM folder and also in the Program Files\Creative\WDM_INST folder.
It worked for me no longer starts up, saved a little bandwidth.
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From: Jynx on 08/19/2002
I have run WindowsMe and have been working on a problem with normal shutdown (after a year of shutting down properly.) I too have found devldr16.exe to be a stubborn ol' file that will actually recreate upon startup if deleted. In trying to follow all of the advice posted online, I have found that under > system properties > device manager, there is no sb16, no miscellaneous, but rather that devldr16.exe ("devil-loader16.exe?") is listed under:
-Sound Video game controllers
-Creative SB Live Series (WBM) >properties>driver>driver file details:

\Windows\system32\drivers\emu10k1f.sys
\Windows\system\vmm32.vxd (ntkern.vxd)
\Windows\system\mmdevldr.vxd
\windows\system32\drivers\sfman.sys
\windows\system32\drivers\ctlface.sys
\windows\system\a3d.dll
\windows\system\devcon32.dll
\windows\system\ctwdm16.drv
\windows\system\sblfx.dll
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DEVLDR16.EXE <--------here it is!
\windows\system\sfman32.dll
\windows\system32\drivers\2gmgsmt.sf2

So when I disabled Creative Live series, in order to disable this one file, I found that my computer had no sound whatsoever.

Any suggestions or advice?


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From: Jynx on 08/19/2002
I have run WindowsMe and have been working on a problem with normal shutdown (after a year of shutting down properly.) I too have found devldr16.exe to be a stubborn ol' file that will actually recreate upon startup if deleted. In trying to follow all of the advice posted online, I have found that under > system properties > device manager, there is no sb16, no miscellaneous, but rather that devldr16.exe ("devil-loader16.exe?") is listed under:
-Sound Video game controllers
-Creative SB Live Series (WBM) >properties>driver>driver file details:

\Windows\system32\drivers\emu10k1f.sys
\Windows\system\vmm32.vxd (ntkern.vxd)
\Windows\system\mmdevldr.vxd
\windows\system32\drivers\sfman.sys
\windows\system32\drivers\ctlface.sys
\windows\system\a3d.dll
\windows\system\devcon32.dll
\windows\system\ctwdm16.drv
\windows\system\sblfx.dll
\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\DEVLDR16.EXE Run -> Enter "MSCONFIG" -> Startup -> Uncheck devldr16.exe (2) Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager then disable "Creative SB16 Emulation" under Creative Miscellaneous Devices.
: good luck

: : : : My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help.


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From: leonard on 08/17/2002

: My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help.


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From: Pyradius on 08/07/2002
: My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help. :

I've been having this problem as well, must have been when I reloaded some old drivers. I think I tracked the problem down. If you simply go to -

-Start>Run>Regedit
-Double click HKey_Local_Machine>Software>Microsoft>Windows>CurrentVersion>RunServices
-You should see devlrd16 on the right side of the screen. Deleting this key here should prevent it from loading up every time you reboot.

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From: Henry on 07/24/2002


: : My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help.


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From: Mr.Loaf on 07/11/2002
Yeah, even after changing the view type there is no Creative Misc. Devices or the Other thing.
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From: Neff on 07/11/2002

Same here - running Windows ME... no reference to SB16 emulation in the Device manager
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From: Hans on 07/06/2002
Just found a site with a solution for your and my problem.

Go to http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist_d.htm and follow the instructions there.

Good luck

: : My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help.


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From: Maggie on 07/04/2002

You need to click on display by Device Type and then it shows for you to remove all items under it.

: Likewise..... not a trace!


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From: KarlB on 07/01/2002

Likewise..... not a trace!


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From: Martin on 06/30/2002

I tried to do as you said I went into msconfig and removed devldr16.exe but I don't have a: Creative sb16 emulation in my Device manager PLEASE HELP!!

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From: giles on 06/20/2002

Rick Covered this well at:
: www.nocrash.com/bb/messages/2736.shtml

The program is associated with some Creative Labs sound cards. Provides audio support for DOS applications, mostly older games, I think. I'm not much of a gamer so I'm not sure. I doubt, it's needed if you don't have those. Required if you use "Sound Play Control" and "Sound Recorder". To disable: (1) Disable via MSCONFIG: Start -> Run -> Enter "MSCONFIG" -> Startup -> Uncheck devldr16.exe (2) Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager then disable "Creative SB16 Emulation" under Creative Miscellaneous Devices.
good luck

: : : My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help.


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From: stephane on 05/23/2002

: My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help.


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From: stephane on 05/23/2002


: : My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help.


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From: Rick on 03/15/2002

: My computer crashes constantly. I have heard that Devldr16.exe eats up alot of memory. I have unchecked the program on msconfig. But when the computer restarts, it still starts devldr16 and the check is back in the box. I also cannot delete the program. I attempt to shut it down using Ctrl+Alt+Del. But windows will still not let me delete it, it says the program is in use. Please help.


Try this:
Disabling or removing SB16 Emulation

If this doesn't work, and you don't plan to play old DOS games on your system you can always disable SB16 emulation. You can also achieve at the time you install the soundcard drivers by doing a custom or advanced install and deselecting "SB16 emulation". If you have already installed your soundcard drivers, then how to disable SB16 emulation will vary from soundcard to soundcard. It will probably require you to boot into Safe Mode and then remove any mention of your soundcard from the AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files, and also to "uncheck" any option marked "SB16 emulation" under your sound card's driver in My Computer-Properties-Device Manager.

Although it is easy to disable the SB16 emulation in the Device Manager, it can be harder to remove it completely, as Windows seems to insist on reinstalling it next time you reboot. The following procedure will allow you to remove SB16 emulation from your Device Manage once and for all.

Under the System tab in Control Panel, choose Hardware Profiles. There, choose copy, and name the profile "temp"
Disable SB16 Emulation in the Device Manager. Reboot your machine and select the new hardware profile "temp" when prompted. It is an exact copy of the original so everything will run fine. Disable SB16 Emulation here also. Then uncheck the box that says "Exists in all hardware profiles".
Reboot and choose original configuration for hardware profiles and make sure the settings of "disabled" are the same.
Reboot and choose your new hardware profile "temp" and here Delete SB Live emulation. A box will appear asking "remove from which hardware profile" and you should choose "original configuration".
Reboot and choose "original configuration" and verify SB16 Emulation is gone. If so, go to the hardware profile Tab and delete your second hardware profile.
Now SB16 emulation does not appear anywhere in your tree. It is not using any resources, has no conflicts, and cannot be seen.
One user reported a less subtle approach - simply rename the file devldr16.exe (do a search for it!) and then SB16 cannot be loaded.

An alternative way of disabling SB16 emulation is to use the SBESET utility provided by Creative with their DOS drivers, to actually disable this on the sound card itself. SBESET is documented on Dell's support site here. To do this, either temporarily disable the Highpoint controller on your machine, or if this is not possible install the sound card on another machine. Install the Creative drivers and then search for the SBESET utili

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