Large number of duplicate devices showing in Device Manager

December 6, 2012 at 18:42:53
Specs: Windows 7
I just recently bought an ASUS computer from BEST BUY. Ever since I bought it, it has froze on me at least 4 time a week. Finding this disturbing, I decided that maybe it was a driver or port conflict. I got to looking at the device manager and found that several of the listed devices are duplicated several times. For instance, under Processors, it has "Intel(R)Core(TM)i7-3770 CPU@3.40 GHz" listed 8 times, "ACPI Fan" is listed 4 times, "ATA Channel 0" is listed 3 times, "ATA Channel 1" is listed 3 times.
Is this normal. I have a hunch that this may be the cause of my new computer freezing all the time.

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#1
December 6, 2012 at 19:06:20
Exchange it for another brand while it's still under warranty.

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#2
December 6, 2012 at 20:58:20
Are any of the duplicate items in device manager showing a yellow question mark or exclaimation mark? If not, there's probably not a problem there. There may be drivers loading for different functions of the same item.

But yeah, take it back if it's still under warranty.


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#3
December 6, 2012 at 23:19:17
Your processor has four physical cores plus four virtual cores, courtesy of hyper-threading. Windows lists all eight of them in Device Manager as well as in Task Manager.

The motherboard has six SATA ports on it, which is why Device manager lists a total of six ATA channels. It also has four fan speed monitors, hence the four ACPI fans.

All of this is normal. The instability is being caused by something else; most likely bad RAM. Return it while you still can.

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