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Fullscreen-game crash DANGEROUS! Help!

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July 5, 2010 3:34:07 AM

sometimes if a game crashes in fullscreen (for example GTA 1), i cant use the windows-key
alt and tab, alt and f4 or the task manager to exit/or shut down.
in that case i can only to press the reset button.
but thats to dangerous!

i know, because i nearly screwed my harddrive, when it happened yesterday,
during restarting the game after crash.
i got a blue screen wich said
windows was shut down to avoid damage to the harddrive, if i get
this screen 1st time i should restart, and if it returns i should run chkdsk f:
to see if the HD is damaged.

well i was able to restart normally, but i have enough of this ***,
so im looking for some hints or maybe a programm that can shut down or make me able to shut down safe.

ps: i have a usefull trick to shut down or standby with start (windows key) , if you cant see the desktop:
press windows key, up, enter, right, enter to shut down,
and windows, up, enter, right, right, enter to standby
-and of course that didnt work for me in this situation...
can you help me? :D 
July 5, 2010 4:58:16 AM

What happens a lot of times is that the processor is overloaded when using full screen...try running the game 3/4 screen or 1/2 screen and see if it crashes.
Sorry, you may be running out of processor cache. A smaller display area puts less demand on the processor.
That's what quad cores are made for, you might need one.
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July 5, 2010 5:11:18 AM

Check the event viewer. It should be logging some sort of error.
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