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Running .exe puts CPU usuage at 80-95%

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May 2, 2012 3:08:19 AM

On my other computer, I am trying to run an .exe which is a game. This is the actual installer and I can't even get it to open.

The file is 1.83GB.

Whenever I run the .exe it basically just freezes, not the computer, but the application. I don't get to an installer screen or nothing. Everything just goes slow and I get the little hour glass mouse icon.

This is on Windows XP.

I right clicked the program, and went "unblock" for "this file came from another computer security blah blah" and hit OK. It does the same, freezes up.

I checked the computer's performance and when I try to run this program the usage floats between 80 and 95%.

I left the program for 30 minutes, nothing opened.

Solution?

I should add that there is no application running when going "alt ctrl del" and I don't see any process for this exe.
a c 127 à CPUs
May 2, 2012 4:03:08 AM

What are your systems specs?
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May 2, 2012 4:14:27 AM

Win XP sp3

AMD 64 3400+
1GB RAM
6600GT

60GB of HD space left on main
150/150GB free left on second HD
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a c 146 à CPUs
May 2, 2012 4:17:49 AM

you're running a pretty old setup. An old CPU with pratically no memory and a HDD thats practically full of course you're going to have problems. I would max out the RAM to 4 Gig's and get a second HDD.
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May 2, 2012 4:28:06 AM

but I don't understand...

I have installed games on this computer already through installers and the games were big.

This is with one .exe file

The computer is old yes, but I still don't get the problem.

The main Hard Drive is 80GB, 60GB left, not much installed.

It has a second Hard Drive with 150GB, I want to install this game on there, but I can't even get past this exe.
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a c 146 à CPUs
May 2, 2012 4:33:07 AM

Maybe it has something to do with a compatability problem.
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a c 127 à CPUs
May 2, 2012 4:59:46 AM

And which game might this be you are trying to install?
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May 2, 2012 5:06:17 AM

the game is Counter-Strike Source. It's a non steam version used at a LAN event in France. I need it for watching old demos.

I can give you a link if you want.
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May 2, 2012 10:38:17 PM

anyone else got an idea? I might try redownloading it, but I don't think the exe is corrupted or anything. It downloaded fine.
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May 3, 2012 12:54:18 AM

Hi :) 

There are NO ..legal non steam versions of CSS...the exe is probably trying to connect to STEAM...

All the best Brett :) 
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May 3, 2012 1:46:57 AM

No I realize that. If this discussion is not allowed on Toms Hardware let me know. I do have a real copy of the game though.

I need this "version" because if you know about CSS, demo files are unplayable after the major 2010 patch.

This specific version is a non steam 2009 version from a large LAN event in France. It's the only version that plays my demos pre-2010.

So I need it!
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May 22, 2012 12:56:01 AM

sold the computer I was trying this on for $100 bucks so this topic can be locked.
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