Games problems

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i have recently been having trouble getting games to load, even games that
have previously run without problems. i have downloaded the latest Directx
from microsoft in case that was the problem, uninstalled and reinstalled
several times, but the same thing keeps happening.

I end up with an icon for the game on the toolbar, but it won't actually
run. There is no error message. It just begins to run, then minimises to
the toolbar icon, and nothing I do can get it going. Can anyone suggest
anything?
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.games (More info?)

    Hi Happy,

    "Happygolucky" <Happygolucky@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:E7A3E6C2-13FB-42D5-9277-5E900B3216BF@microsoft.com...
    | i have recently been having trouble getting games to load, even games that
    | have previously run without problems. i have downloaded the latest Directx
    | from microsoft in case that was the problem, uninstalled and reinstalled
    | several times, but the same thing keeps happening.
    |
    | I end up with an icon for the game on the toolbar, but it won't actually
    | run. There is no error message. It just begins to run, then minimises to
    | the toolbar icon, and nothing I do can get it going. Can anyone suggest
    | anything?

    Here are some solutions (and workarounds) to deal with the problem where games minimize to the Task Bar.

    1. Install and/or play the game using an administrator account.

    2. Keyboard software has been known to cause this problem. One player
    posted that by un-installing their Trust Silverline Direct Access keyboard
    software, all their games worked again without minimizing to the Task Bar.

    3. Norton's AntiVirus (Internet Security) can cause the problem as well. The
    workaround is to disable the program. To do so, right click it's Tray icon.
    One person wrote: "I just went to the Norton Anti-virus options, and turned
    off the Liveupdate auto update option. It worked like a charm for me."

    4. One person wrote: "I finally found that if I open the command line, cd to
    the directory, then type the program name, it works!!!"

    5. Yet another workaround is to click the screen after you launch the game.

    If the problem persists, please try these additional troubleshooting steps. :-)

    The most common causes for that problem can be solved with
    these few steps. If the problem persists after you've tried these,
    please post back and we'll try some more solutions. Good luck! :-)

    A. To see if it's a software conflict: Temporarily disable Startup
    programs one at a time, starting with Firewall, Antivirus, and ad
    blockers using: http://new.jtsoft2001.com/windows/startup.php

    You can lookup what a program does before you disable it here:
    http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php

    B. Run a virus scan at: http://housecall.antivirus.com Afterwards
    Download & Run Spybot from: http://security.kolla.de to find any
    Trojans, Adware, or Spyware which could clog up your system.

    C. Click My Computer / Rightclick the Drive & Choose Properties
    / Run the "Disk Cleanup..." / Next Click the "Tools" Tab and run
    the "Error-Checking" and "Defragmentation" utilities.

    D. Go to the Windows Update site for everything under Critical and
    Recommended: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com Some games
    require a patch: http://www.avault.com/pcrl/patches_list.asp?letter=a

    E. Update DirectX and your Chipset, Sound, &Video Drivers:
    For all Video / DirectX / Game and Hardware Issues, I have a
    Checklist of Solutions at: http://mvps.org/nibblesnbits/Video.html

    --
    Cheers, Windows XP MVP Shell / User
    Jimmy S. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com

    Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
    Visit my Zone.com / Gaming Helpsite: http://nibblesnbits.tk or Call / Contact
    MS Support at: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=sz;en-us;top
    My advice is donated "AS IS" without warranty; nor do I confer any rights.
    _________________________________________________________
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    Thank you very much for your response. Lots of options to try
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