Some games crash XP Home, some don't?

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A while back I had a new HD fitted onto my machine and had XP Home put onto
that. So, the only thing different about my PC is the O/S.

Anyway, suffice to say, even after a lot of patching, defragging, virus
checking, updating and so on, a lot of my games started crashing to the
desktop. And I don't mean old games that aren't compatible with XP, either.
These are new games such as Hal-Life 2, Painkiller and Farcry.

I feel I should point out that other games seem to work fine, such as:
Diablo 2, Tombraider 2, Civ 3, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and Thief 1 and
2.

So what's going on? Most people seem to suggest overheating, but if that
were true why aren't the above games crashing? Also, why does Farcry crash
more or less instantly, whereas I can play Painkiller for a while and HL2
for even longer? Anyway, my CPU never goes above 60 (which I realise is a
bit on the high side, but it was no higher on Win98 - ON THE SAME PC!).

If it were something like bad RAM, then the above argument would still apply
(nothing crashed on 98).

By the way, let's get my sys-specs out of the way:

XP Home with all updates apart from SP2
AMD 2600
512 DDR 3200
2 HD's with gigs of space
SB Audigy 2 (latest drivers)
Radeon 9700 (latest drivers but have tried a lot of others)
MSI MB with all updates apart from BIOS (see below as to why)

Nothing is overclocked!

Yes, I suppose that updating the BIOS my help but IT'S THE SAME MB! Anyway,
I would only risk a 'disk' update and not a 'windows' one in case something
went wrong. Only I can't because my old internal FD was never recognised by
XP so I had to by an external USB one and that will only be recognised as
drive "B" not "A". S I haven't risked it, but I have tried the following
(after consulting lots of old posts:

Lowered AGP to 8
Put graphics to AGP
Turned of sys-restore
Nothing but essentials in background
Turned off virus checker

And quite a few other things!

One last bit of info I can give you are the temps and voltage of my system
(I use a utility from MSI to tell me this so I do not have to enter BIOS):

CPU temp: 53
Sys temp: 42
FSB: 167
Vcore: 1.650
Memory Voltage: 2.60
AGP voltage: 1.55
3.3C: 3.22
+5v: 4.97
+12v: 11.42

Lastly, my chip (2600): 167MHz x 12.5

I am posting this message to quite a few groups (not cross-posting) because
I really am at my wit's end now.

Thanks for any help
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    That's a real quandry. Have you tried disabling video shadowing in the
    system BIOS yet? Your best bet of getting answers to this are going to be in
    the gaming group.

    By the way, as a BIOS flash from a boot floppy would not rely on Windows (it
    never loads when you are booting a floppy for this chore), there is no
    reason the internal floppy wouldn't work for that - unless it's gone bad or
    you got the cable on backwards (done that myself a few times).

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org

    "Mother Farquhar" <fake@ddress.com> wrote in message
    news:3kLId.987$gF2.580@newsfe5-gui.ntli.net...
    >A while back I had a new HD fitted onto my machine and had XP Home put onto
    > that. So, the only thing different about my PC is the O/S.
    >
    > Anyway, suffice to say, even after a lot of patching, defragging, virus
    > checking, updating and so on, a lot of my games started crashing to the
    > desktop. And I don't mean old games that aren't compatible with XP,
    > either.
    > These are new games such as Hal-Life 2, Painkiller and Farcry.
    >
    > I feel I should point out that other games seem to work fine, such as:
    > Diablo 2, Tombraider 2, Civ 3, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and Thief 1 and
    > 2.
    >
    > So what's going on? Most people seem to suggest overheating, but if that
    > were true why aren't the above games crashing? Also, why does Farcry crash
    > more or less instantly, whereas I can play Painkiller for a while and HL2
    > for even longer? Anyway, my CPU never goes above 60 (which I realise is a
    > bit on the high side, but it was no higher on Win98 - ON THE SAME PC!).
    >
    > If it were something like bad RAM, then the above argument would still
    > apply
    > (nothing crashed on 98).
    >
    > By the way, let's get my sys-specs out of the way:
    >
    > XP Home with all updates apart from SP2
    > AMD 2600
    > 512 DDR 3200
    > 2 HD's with gigs of space
    > SB Audigy 2 (latest drivers)
    > Radeon 9700 (latest drivers but have tried a lot of others)
    > MSI MB with all updates apart from BIOS (see below as to why)
    >
    > Nothing is overclocked!
    >
    > Yes, I suppose that updating the BIOS my help but IT'S THE SAME MB!
    > Anyway,
    > I would only risk a 'disk' update and not a 'windows' one in case
    > something
    > went wrong. Only I can't because my old internal FD was never recognised
    > by
    > XP so I had to by an external USB one and that will only be recognised as
    > drive "B" not "A". S I haven't risked it, but I have tried the following
    > (after consulting lots of old posts:
    >
    > Lowered AGP to 8
    > Put graphics to AGP
    > Turned of sys-restore
    > Nothing but essentials in background
    > Turned off virus checker
    >
    > And quite a few other things!
    >
    > One last bit of info I can give you are the temps and voltage of my system
    > (I use a utility from MSI to tell me this so I do not have to enter BIOS):
    >
    > CPU temp: 53
    > Sys temp: 42
    > FSB: 167
    > Vcore: 1.650
    > Memory Voltage: 2.60
    > AGP voltage: 1.55
    > 3.3C: 3.22
    > +5v: 4.97
    > +12v: 11.42
    >
    > Lastly, my chip (2600): 167MHz x 12.5
    >
    > I am posting this message to quite a few groups (not cross-posting)
    > because
    > I really am at my wit's end now.
    >
    > Thanks for any help
    >
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    "Mother Farquhar" <fake@ddress.com> wrote in message
    news:3kLId.987$gF2.580@newsfe5-gui.ntli.net...
    >A while back I had a new HD fitted onto my machine and had XP Home put
    >onto
    > that. So, the only thing different about my PC is the O/S.
    >
    > Anyway, suffice to say, even after a lot of patching, defragging,
    > virus
    > checking, updating and so on, a lot of my games started crashing to
    > the
    > desktop. And I don't mean old games that aren't compatible with XP,
    > either.
    > These are new games such as Hal-Life 2, Painkiller and Farcry.
    >
    > I feel I should point out that other games seem to work fine, such as:
    > Diablo 2, Tombraider 2, Civ 3, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and Thief 1
    > and
    > 2.
    >
    > So what's going on? Most people seem to suggest overheating, but if
    > that
    > were true why aren't the above games crashing? Also, why does Farcry
    > crash
    > more or less instantly, whereas I can play Painkiller for a while and
    > HL2
    > for even longer? Anyway, my CPU never goes above 60 (which I realise
    > is a
    > bit on the high side, but it was no higher on Win98 - ON THE SAME
    > PC!).
    >
    > If it were something like bad RAM, then the above argument would still
    > apply
    > (nothing crashed on 98).
    >
    > By the way, let's get my sys-specs out of the way:
    >
    > XP Home with all updates apart from SP2
    > AMD 2600
    > 512 DDR 3200
    > 2 HD's with gigs of space
    > SB Audigy 2 (latest drivers)
    > Radeon 9700 (latest drivers but have tried a lot of others)
    > MSI MB with all updates apart from BIOS (see below as to why)
    >
    > Nothing is overclocked!
    >
    > Yes, I suppose that updating the BIOS my help but IT'S THE SAME MB!
    > Anyway,
    > I would only risk a 'disk' update and not a 'windows' one in case
    > something
    > went wrong. Only I can't because my old internal FD was never
    > recognised by
    > XP so I had to by an external USB one and that will only be recognised
    > as
    > drive "B" not "A". S I haven't risked it, but I have tried the
    > following
    > (after consulting lots of old posts:
    >
    > Lowered AGP to 8
    > Put graphics to AGP
    > Turned of sys-restore
    > Nothing but essentials in background
    > Turned off virus checker
    >
    > And quite a few other things!
    >
    > One last bit of info I can give you are the temps and voltage of my
    > system
    > (I use a utility from MSI to tell me this so I do not have to enter
    > BIOS):
    >
    > CPU temp: 53
    > Sys temp: 42
    > FSB: 167
    > Vcore: 1.650
    > Memory Voltage: 2.60
    > AGP voltage: 1.55
    > 3.3C: 3.22
    > +5v: 4.97
    > +12v: 11.42
    >
    > Lastly, my chip (2600): 167MHz x 12.5
    >
    > I am posting this message to quite a few groups (not cross-posting)
    > because
    > I really am at my wit's end now.


    What happens if you disable the anti-virus on-access scanner before
    starting the game?

    Check if SPD (serial presence detect) is selected for the speed setting
    in your BIOS. I had some problems by using specific settings that my
    memory sticks claimed it would support but found out they didn't and SPD
    runs them a tad slower and the problems went away.

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    "Rick "Nutcase" Rogers" <rick@mvps.org> wrote in message
    news:Oin8%23PUAFHA.2568@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
    > That's a real quandry. Have you tried disabling video shadowing in the
    > system BIOS yet?


    I looked in the BIOS but could not find this option listed?


    > Your best bet of getting answers to this are going to be in
    > the gaming group.
    >
    > By the way, as a BIOS flash from a boot floppy would not rely on Windows
    (it
    > never loads when you are booting a floppy for this chore), there is no
    > reason the internal floppy wouldn't work for that - unless it's gone bad
    or
    > you got the cable on backwards (done that myself a few times).
    >
    > --
    > Best of Luck,
    >
    > Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    > Associate Expert - WindowsXP Expert Zone
    > www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    > Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    >
    > "Mother Farquhar" <fake@ddress.com> wrote in message
    > news:3kLId.987$gF2.580@newsfe5-gui.ntli.net...
    > >A while back I had a new HD fitted onto my machine and had XP Home put
    onto
    > > that. So, the only thing different about my PC is the O/S.
    > >
    > > Anyway, suffice to say, even after a lot of patching, defragging, virus
    > > checking, updating and so on, a lot of my games started crashing to the
    > > desktop. And I don't mean old games that aren't compatible with XP,
    > > either.
    > > These are new games such as Hal-Life 2, Painkiller and Farcry.
    > >
    > > I feel I should point out that other games seem to work fine, such as:
    > > Diablo 2, Tombraider 2, Civ 3, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and Thief 1
    and
    > > 2.
    > >
    > > So what's going on? Most people seem to suggest overheating, but if that
    > > were true why aren't the above games crashing? Also, why does Farcry
    crash
    > > more or less instantly, whereas I can play Painkiller for a while and
    HL2
    > > for even longer? Anyway, my CPU never goes above 60 (which I realise is
    a
    > > bit on the high side, but it was no higher on Win98 - ON THE SAME PC!).
    > >
    > > If it were something like bad RAM, then the above argument would still
    > > apply
    > > (nothing crashed on 98).
    > >
    > > By the way, let's get my sys-specs out of the way:
    > >
    > > XP Home with all updates apart from SP2
    > > AMD 2600
    > > 512 DDR 3200
    > > 2 HD's with gigs of space
    > > SB Audigy 2 (latest drivers)
    > > Radeon 9700 (latest drivers but have tried a lot of others)
    > > MSI MB with all updates apart from BIOS (see below as to why)
    > >
    > > Nothing is overclocked!
    > >
    > > Yes, I suppose that updating the BIOS my help but IT'S THE SAME MB!
    > > Anyway,
    > > I would only risk a 'disk' update and not a 'windows' one in case
    > > something
    > > went wrong. Only I can't because my old internal FD was never recognised
    > > by
    > > XP so I had to by an external USB one and that will only be recognised
    as
    > > drive "B" not "A". S I haven't risked it, but I have tried the following
    > > (after consulting lots of old posts:
    > >
    > > Lowered AGP to 8
    > > Put graphics to AGP
    > > Turned of sys-restore
    > > Nothing but essentials in background
    > > Turned off virus checker
    > >
    > > And quite a few other things!
    > >
    > > One last bit of info I can give you are the temps and voltage of my
    system
    > > (I use a utility from MSI to tell me this so I do not have to enter
    BIOS):
    > >
    > > CPU temp: 53
    > > Sys temp: 42
    > > FSB: 167
    > > Vcore: 1.650
    > > Memory Voltage: 2.60
    > > AGP voltage: 1.55
    > > 3.3C: 3.22
    > > +5v: 4.97
    > > +12v: 11.42
    > >
    > > Lastly, my chip (2600): 167MHz x 12.5
    > >
    > > I am posting this message to quite a few groups (not cross-posting)
    > > because
    > > I really am at my wit's end now.
    > >
    > > Thanks for any help
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
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    > What happens if you disable the anti-virus on-access scanner before
    > starting the game?


    I always disable it for games :o(


    > Check if SPD (serial presence detect) is selected for the speed setting
    > in your BIOS.


    Think I'll try this now.


    > I had some problems by using specific settings that my
    > memory sticks claimed it would support but found out they didn't and SPD
    > runs them a tad slower and the problems went away.
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    How about the error messages.

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    "Mother Farquhar" <fake@ddress.com> wrote in message news:3kLId.987$gF2.580@newsfe5-gui.ntli.net...
    >A while back I had a new HD fitted onto my machine and had XP Home put onto
    > that. So, the only thing different about my PC is the O/S.
    >
    > Anyway, suffice to say, even after a lot of patching, defragging, virus
    > checking, updating and so on, a lot of my games started crashing to the
    > desktop. And I don't mean old games that aren't compatible with XP, either.
    > These are new games such as Hal-Life 2, Painkiller and Farcry.
    >
    > I feel I should point out that other games seem to work fine, such as:
    > Diablo 2, Tombraider 2, Civ 3, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and Thief 1 and
    > 2.
    >
    > So what's going on? Most people seem to suggest overheating, but if that
    > were true why aren't the above games crashing? Also, why does Farcry crash
    > more or less instantly, whereas I can play Painkiller for a while and HL2
    > for even longer? Anyway, my CPU never goes above 60 (which I realise is a
    > bit on the high side, but it was no higher on Win98 - ON THE SAME PC!).
    >
    > If it were something like bad RAM, then the above argument would still apply
    > (nothing crashed on 98).
    >
    > By the way, let's get my sys-specs out of the way:
    >
    > XP Home with all updates apart from SP2
    > AMD 2600
    > 512 DDR 3200
    > 2 HD's with gigs of space
    > SB Audigy 2 (latest drivers)
    > Radeon 9700 (latest drivers but have tried a lot of others)
    > MSI MB with all updates apart from BIOS (see below as to why)
    >
    > Nothing is overclocked!
    >
    > Yes, I suppose that updating the BIOS my help but IT'S THE SAME MB! Anyway,
    > I would only risk a 'disk' update and not a 'windows' one in case something
    > went wrong. Only I can't because my old internal FD was never recognised by
    > XP so I had to by an external USB one and that will only be recognised as
    > drive "B" not "A". S I haven't risked it, but I have tried the following
    > (after consulting lots of old posts:
    >
    > Lowered AGP to 8
    > Put graphics to AGP
    > Turned of sys-restore
    > Nothing but essentials in background
    > Turned off virus checker
    >
    > And quite a few other things!
    >
    > One last bit of info I can give you are the temps and voltage of my system
    > (I use a utility from MSI to tell me this so I do not have to enter BIOS):
    >
    > CPU temp: 53
    > Sys temp: 42
    > FSB: 167
    > Vcore: 1.650
    > Memory Voltage: 2.60
    > AGP voltage: 1.55
    > 3.3C: 3.22
    > +5v: 4.97
    > +12v: 11.42
    >
    > Lastly, my chip (2600): 167MHz x 12.5
    >
    > I am posting this message to quite a few groups (not cross-posting) because
    > I really am at my wit's end now.
    >
    > Thanks for any help
    >
    >
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    try disabling bios shadowing, and cashing, my msi board will crash every
    time playing generals if this is enabled, I belive it is under the second
    option in under the main bios screen( at least on mine) and in there some
    were there is a swap floppy drive setting, disable that and should put your
    drive back to a:, also make shure your on board fdc is enabled(floppy disk
    conttroler)can't remeber where thats at good luck, and let me knew if this
    helped

    Ted


    "David Candy" <.> wrote in message
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    How about the error messages.

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    "Mother Farquhar" <fake@ddress.com> wrote in message
    news:3kLId.987$gF2.580@newsfe5-gui.ntli.net...
    >A while back I had a new HD fitted onto my machine and had XP Home put onto
    > that. So, the only thing different about my PC is the O/S.
    >
    > Anyway, suffice to say, even after a lot of patching, defragging, virus
    > checking, updating and so on, a lot of my games started crashing to the
    > desktop. And I don't mean old games that aren't compatible with XP,
    > either.
    > These are new games such as Hal-Life 2, Painkiller and Farcry.
    >
    > I feel I should point out that other games seem to work fine, such as:
    > Diablo 2, Tombraider 2, Civ 3, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 and Thief 1 and
    > 2.
    >
    > So what's going on? Most people seem to suggest overheating, but if that
    > were true why aren't the above games crashing? Also, why does Farcry crash
    > more or less instantly, whereas I can play Painkiller for a while and HL2
    > for even longer? Anyway, my CPU never goes above 60 (which I realise is a
    > bit on the high side, but it was no higher on Win98 - ON THE SAME PC!).
    >
    > If it were something like bad RAM, then the above argument would still
    > apply
    > (nothing crashed on 98).
    >
    > By the way, let's get my sys-specs out of the way:
    >
    > XP Home with all updates apart from SP2
    > AMD 2600
    > 512 DDR 3200
    > 2 HD's with gigs of space
    > SB Audigy 2 (latest drivers)
    > Radeon 9700 (latest drivers but have tried a lot of others)
    > MSI MB with all updates apart from BIOS (see below as to why)
    >
    > Nothing is overclocked!
    >
    > Yes, I suppose that updating the BIOS my help but IT'S THE SAME MB!
    > Anyway,
    > I would only risk a 'disk' update and not a 'windows' one in case
    > something
    > went wrong. Only I can't because my old internal FD was never recognised
    > by
    > XP so I had to by an external USB one and that will only be recognised as
    > drive "B" not "A". S I haven't risked it, but I have tried the following
    > (after consulting lots of old posts:
    >
    > Lowered AGP to 8
    > Put graphics to AGP
    > Turned of sys-restore
    > Nothing but essentials in background
    > Turned off virus checker
    >
    > And quite a few other things!
    >
    > One last bit of info I can give you are the temps and voltage of my system
    > (I use a utility from MSI to tell me this so I do not have to enter BIOS):
    >
    > CPU temp: 53
    > Sys temp: 42
    > FSB: 167
    > Vcore: 1.650
    > Memory Voltage: 2.60
    > AGP voltage: 1.55
    > 3.3C: 3.22
    > +5v: 4.97
    > +12v: 11.42
    >
    > Lastly, my chip (2600): 167MHz x 12.5
    >
    > I am posting this message to quite a few groups (not cross-posting)
    > because
    > I really am at my wit's end now.
    >
    > Thanks for any help
    >
    >
    >
    >
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    David, I can't help you with your problem but maybe you can help me.. you
    said you can run Thief1 and Thief2 under XP, I have no such luck.

    I've got a new P4 system, with all the bells/whistles but Thief crashes as
    soon as I actually try to play the game (the game loads ok, graphics run, I
    can choose "difficulty" but when I try to "continue" it crashes and the error
    message is "Direct 3D driver does not report texture memory usage".

    The big difference between my system and yours (as I see it) is that my PC
    came with service pack 2 installed, while you have not yet put it in place.
    Also, my version of DirectX is 9.0c and this could be the KEY factor.

    Would you be kind enough to check your version of DirectX (run "dxdiag", the
    version number is listed at the bottom of the System Page) and reply back
    here.

    Thanks,
    Gerry
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