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Crysis freezes & fizzles on Dual HD 4870

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August 11, 2009 11:28:38 PM

OK, I have been hammering forums for the last couple of days and am really getting nowhere. I just got Crysis and am trying to run it on a Dell XPS 630i: Core 2 quad 9550, 8GB RAM, dual HD 4870/crossfire. The game continually freezes or goes into ~.8 fps. I have tried all patches for Crysis, and just updated my vid drivers to 8.632 and catalyst 9.7. Tried removing keyboard and mouse (G15 and G9), rolling back Crysis to 1.1 and box stock, still freezes. Should I cut my losses and move on to another game? I had hoped that waiting a couple of years after a game has been out that most of this crap would be smoothed over. Help me, I'm a reformed console gamer and am getting frustrated here...
August 12, 2009 12:55:30 AM

Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 4, Oblibion, Fallout 3, and Bioshock all run great. Good framerates at high or very high settings. The PC is new, no factory crapware installed, and temps have all been good- when I can actually play Crysis for a few minutes before it freezes front sensor is around 75-80 and the rear is 90-95 F. Fans aren't even much beyond idle. PSU is Dell 750W and voltage readings are all good.
August 12, 2009 1:03:21 AM

Might I inquire as to how a game can fizzle? :) 

Try reinstalling the game. Sometimes installers copy a file incorrectly and cause weirdness such as this.
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August 12, 2009 1:23:44 AM

...I guess I don't know what 'fizzle' means - I wanted to use an f-word and that one was safe for posting. Anyway, I uninstalled, cleaned, and reinstalled; same result. I haven't tried rolling the ATI driver back a verison but I'm not really going to go in that direction for just one game.
August 12, 2009 4:25:55 AM

Whats the OS???
Try uninstalling and reinstalling the game
August 12, 2009 9:44:34 AM

have you tried only using 4GB of ram?

and are you using 64bit or 32bit vista?
August 12, 2009 12:28:59 PM

What 4870 cards are these, and at what resolution are you trying to play and what game settings are you using ?