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Windows 8.1 Viva Pinata PC Crash After Reloading From Desktop

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September 20, 2013 4:35:26 AM

Hey guys I was hoping someone here might have heard of this before and be able to lend a hand. So I will start off by explaining what happens. I have started to game using my Windows Live ID so I can get some easy fun achievements of games I enjoyed on Xbox Live. I decided to start with Viva Pinata and ran into a pretty big flaw.

While I am playing the game if I use the Windows Key to exit to the Desktop (Windows 8.1) the game crashes when I click the icon on the Task-bar to resume. It goes to a black screen like it is trying to reload the game then kicks me back to the Desktop saying "Viva Pinata" has stopped working. I tried completely re-installing the game and rebooting my new PC, but sadly the same frustrating problem persists.

So far the game is fine and runs very smoothly on my new custom PC. So has anyone else every experienced a problem like this before, or know of a fix? This game is going to be very hard not to mention not enjoyable to play without being able to swap to the Desktop to look at some guides and stuff. As always any advice or aid would be greatly appreciated.

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September 20, 2013 5:14:43 AM

Issues like this are often driver related. Are your video drivers current )as in downloaded and installed from the Nvidia, AMD, or Intel website)?
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September 20, 2013 4:29:57 PM

COLGeek said:
Issues like this are often driver related. Are your video drivers current )as in downloaded and installed from the Nvidia, AMD, or Intel website)?


Yeah I looked up my Video Card and found it and downloaded it. My Video Card is the Radeon HD 6970 and I looked up the "HD Series" and selected "6xxx Series" so I think that I got the selection right. Here is the link to that selection.
http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/rad...

I downloaded the top one. At least I think because I just downloaded it yesterday and it says that it is only two days old so maybe I will download that one again to make certain. Although since I do have one you would figure it should work. I mean it isn't a big issue, but definitely ruining my experience. I think it is something really simple.

Also someone mentioned before that I should try running the game in Windows XP Service Pack 3 (or whatever) but I do not think you can do it in Windows 8.1. At least if you can it is not in the same place as earlier versions of Windows. So if anyone knows how please do explain I would appreciate it. As it may be causing my issue.
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